Churchill Downs, located in Louisville, is the home of the famous Kentucky Derby. The historic track is also home to a year-round, interdenominational ministry for race track wonders. Much of the ministry's work is focused on the "backside" of Churchill Downs where the race horses are stabled. On the backside you'll find a dormitory for workers, a dining hall, learning center, recreation center and other services designed to support track workers. Significant progress was made toward meeting workers' needs with the opening in June 2006 of Christ Chapel, tucked among the barns on the backside. Churchill Downs donated the land for the Chapel. Its construction was completely funded by donations from the community.
Chaplain Joseph Del Rosario
Joseph serves as the Chaplain for Churchill Downs. He seeks to show the love of Jesus Christ to the horsemen by taking care of their physical and spiritual needs. Prior to serving in this capacity, Joseph served as a church planter and elder-pastor of a Nepalese church plant. Though born in New York, he was raised in Florida to a mother from Puerto Rico and a father from Peru. He attended the University of South Florida, where he grew in his passion to show and share the love and compassion of God through Jesus Christ as he became involved in and served with Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Cru). Joseph also attended Southern Seminary where he obtained his Master of Divinity with a concentration in Biblical Counseling. Joseph is an avid amateur landscaper and loves to cheer against the Lead Chaplain's favorite baseball team!
Chaplaincy Associate Jessica Singleton
Jessica serves as a chaplaincy associate at Christ Chapel. Her main responsibilities are to direct the Women's and Children's Ministries at Churchill Downs. She is very passionate about spreading the gospel and sees Churchill Downs as an incredible mission field. Jessica is a Louisville native, she attended Christian Academy of Louisville. After high school she attended the University of Kentucky where she received a bachelors degree in International Studies in Global Development in Latin and South America. While in college, she was very involved with her campus ministry, where she was the student leader for 3 years of the "International Team". There she strove to share the gospel with international students and helped meet their needs while in Kentucky. Also during her time in college she studied abroad in Granada,Spain where she learned most of her Spanish. Prior to her position at Churchill, she spent a few months as a missionary in Lisbon, Portugal. Jessica loves music, coffee and rock climbing.
Volunteer Lead Chaplain Daniel Hatfield, Ph.D.
Daniel serves as Volunteer Lead Chaplain, giving guidance and oversight to all the ministries of KRTC. Prior to serving in this capacity he and his wife, Menda Sue, were missionaries for eight years in the Republic of Panama. For thirteen years he was a Vice President, Dean, and Professor at Southern Seminary, where he earned a M.Div. and Ph.D. in New Testament Studies. Since 2010 Dr. Hatfield has been Lead Pastor of Audubon Baptist Church. He enjoys baseball, U.S. history, and thirteen grandchildren.
The Chaplaincy relies on volunteers and donations to support its good work. The annual "Race for Grace" event is also an important source of ongoing financial support for the chaplains' outreach and ministry. This fundraising dinner—held every year the Monday evening before the Kentucky Derby—is supported by retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who is actively involved in the chaplaincy's work. Get Involved