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First Baptist Church of Lakeland

Sunday School | 9:30am

Adult, Men’s, Ladies, Children and Pre-K

4500 Canada Rd. Lakeland, TN

Worship Times

Sunday Morning Worship | 10:45am

praise/worship followed by a life giving message from God’s Word.

Child care is provided during the Sunday Worship Times for children of 5 years and younger.

Children’s Church | 10:45am

Children’s church for grades 1-4

Sunday Evening Worship | 6:00pm

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner 5:45pm

Wednesday Prayer Service 6:30pm

Sunday Morning’s Message

Sunday Morning Worship Service

September 18, 2022: Romans | Golden Chain of Salvation

In His Word

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6


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About Us

Lakeland First Baptist  seeks to glorify God by encouraging all people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, discipling them in spiritual growth, and equipping them to make disciples of the nations.

Church Convenant

Having been led by the Holy Spirit of God to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we prayerfully and sincerely make this covenant with one another and with our Lord.
By His grace we agree to walk together in Christian love, to sustain the worship ordinances, discipline, and articles of Faith of His Church; and to cheerfully and proportionately contribute to the support of its ministry and the spread of the Gospel to both our community and to all nations.As we abide in the Holy Spirit, we seek to live out the truth set forth in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ; to encourage personal and family spiritual growth, always acknowledging His presence in all we undertake to do; and to avoid all things that are harmful to the body, mind or personal example, in an effort to promote God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.We will devote ourselves individually and collectively through the Church, to the proclamation of the redemptive work of God in Christ Jesus, to the ministry of human needs, both spiritual and physical, and to the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ, accepting one another, sharing with one another, and loving one another, as the family of God.We will always seek ways to express this fellowship to other human beings who may differ from us in race, language, culture or creed.In all things, we will work to teach the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Head of the Church, as we are His body, the bride of Christ. In Jesus name, Amen.

Our Staff

Dr. Kirk Kilpatrick


Dr. Kilpatrick began his Masters of Divinity in January of 1987; and, upon graduation in May of 1990, continued into the Ph. D. program. During the years of his study in the doctoral program at MABTS, he served as a Teaching Fellow under Dr. T. V. Farris in Old Testament and Hebrew (Biblical Hebrew, summer, 1992); and also under Dr. James Powell in New Testament and Greek. From 1994-1995, Dr. Kilpatrick served as an Adjunct instructor at MABTS for Biblical Hebrew, Job, and Psalms.

Mike McCrory

Administrator | Music Director

Mike has been a member of Lakeland for many years and served in various capacities. He currently serves as Church Administrator and Music Director at Lakeland responsible for the church's day-to-day operations, budget, and administrative functions. Mike works closely with our seniors and is active on Worship and Missions Ministry Teams.

Sandra Jones


Sandra joined Lakeland in 2010 having served as church pianist in the Memphis community for many years. Sandra has a heart for music and is passionate about music that is both worshipful and centered on the truth of God's Word, His character, and His Son - Jesus Christ!

Chrystal Deeken

Financial Secretary

Chrystal serves as Lakeland's financial secretary and has been on staff since April 2011. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the church office, bookkeeping and accounting, and as administrative support for all staff and ministry areas.

George Miller

Associate Pastor/Youth Director

Bro. George Miller was saved on February 26, 1989, and answered the call to preach in the late 1990’s. In 1996 he and his wife Denise served as house parents for the Tennessee Baptist Children’s home Boy’s Ranch on three occasions for a total of 9 years. He graduated from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary with his Associates of Divinity Degree in December 2002, and was licensed and ordained in 2002. He has served as pastor in three Southern Baptist churches in the great state of Tennessee with a total of 24.5 years in fulltime Christian ministry. He is also a Chalk Talk artist.

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