Chris Gilbert – Lead Pastor

The Gilberts moved from St. Louis to Indianapolis in January of 2010 in preparation for the launch of Vertical Church. Chris has 22+ years of full-time experience in ministry. God blessed the ministries he led in Lexington, KY, Indianapolis, IN and St. Louis, MO to grow and become very productive.

Chris is married to Stephanie, his ministry partner, and they have a beautiful daughter, Haven. The Gilberts have had a heart and passion for Indianapolis for years. Now, in God’s timing, they are pursuing the exciting dream that God has given them to reach the city for Him.

Pastor Chris has had ministry experience in various roles over the last 15+ years:

  • Boards and Committees in Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri
  • President of the Kentucky Youth Leader Association
  • Co-Founder, Converge Youth Pastor’s Network, St. Louis, MO.
  • Featured speaker at conferences, camps, churches, and training events
  • Speaker at Youth Specialties Conference, National Winterfest, International Winterfest
  • Business owner
Brian Oliver
Executive Pastor
Briana Howe
Worship Pastor
Stephanie Gilbert
Connections Pastor
Teddy Conn
Campus Pastor – VC South
Candace Balzano
Ministries Coordinator
Jordyn Waltz
Kids Ministry Coordinator
Andrew Howe
Youth Pastor
Scott Harris
Media Director