Leadership is all about service. With Jesus as our example, we are honored and privileged to lead, guide, and sacrifice for the Lakewood community.

TOM SMILEY
Senior Pastor (AA, BA, MDiv, DMin)


What inspires you?
I am inspired by people who serve Jesus with boldness, courage and conviction.

What is your claim to fame?
I am reigning “Belly Flop Champion” of Lakewood’s Kids Camp.

What is your favorite quote?
“We must not mind insulting men, if by respecting them we insult God.”

What do you like to do on your day off?
Spend time with grandchildren and play tennis with my wife, Terri.

What was your first job?
I had a grass cutting business at age eleven. Three regular clients at $2.50 per yard, including clean-up.

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DON ORMSBEE
Executive & Senior Adult Pastor (BS, MARE)


What inspires you?
Watching a sunset from atop a mountain that I have just strained to climb.

What do you love about Lakewood?
I love the fact that no one is building their own ministry kingdom. We’re all in this together and we genuinely love and care for each other. We like to hang out together!

What is your claim to fame?
Swam in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans in the same afternoon, and led Heritage Academy to their first Girls Basketball State Champion as coach.

What is your favorite quote?
” ‘I wish it need not have happened in my time.’ said Frodo. “So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘And so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’ ”
-J.R.R. Tolkien-

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BILL RISINGER
Worship Pastor (BS, MA)


What inspires you?
Hearing of Christian brothers and sisters who lay down their lives for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is your claim to fame?
I appeared as a child on Art Linkletter’s Houseparty (CBS TV, 1962).

What do you like to do on your day off?
Travel to somewhere I haven’t been yet.

What are you currently listening to?
I listen to theology books.

What was your first job?
Lawn Care.

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ELIZABETH ORMSBEE
Children’s Ministry Director (BS, MA)


What inspires you?
Literature and the power of a good story.

Who’s your favorite superhero?
Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

What do you love about your ministry?
I love working with a great children’s ministry staff and helping families lay spiritual foundations in the lives of their children.

What is your favorite quote?
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”
-C.S. Lewis-

What do you like to do on your day off?
Read, rock on my porch and look for new recipes to try.

What was your first job?
I was a DJ at a Christian radio station in Augusta, GA.

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JAMIE WILLIS
Student Pastor (BA, MDivBL)


What inspires you?
Good coffee and great ice cream! Also, people who are passionate followers of Jesus Christ, who use their gifts to spread the gospel and advance the Kingdom to the ends of the earth.

What do you love about your ministry?
I love serving with teenagers because they are not just the future of the church but also the present! I’m encouraged by their passion for the Lord and their willingness to take risks for the Him.

What are your pet peeves?
People who think they can play volleyball (but really can’t).

What is your favorite quote?
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
-John Piper-

What was your first job?
Video rental store.

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SCOTT SMITH
Discipleship Pastor (BBA, MDivBL, MARE, MAMFC)


What inspires you?
I love seeing people have “Aha!” moments. Moments when God comes alive to them in a new way. Moments when a specific truth penetrates into the deeper parts of their being. Moments that forever change the trajectory of their lives in a positive way.

Who’s your favorite superhero?
Forrest Gump because he “could run like the wind blows.”

What are your pet peeves?
Dirty cars, terribly groomed beards, skinny jeans and trash on the road side.

What is your favorite quote?
“Each of us is one dumb decision away from stupid.”

What is your favorite verse?
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
-Proverbs 3:27-

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ROBERT PUCKETT
Missions Pastor (BS)


What inspires you?
Seeing God change lives through His mission (locally and globally), my family, and the wonderful hard-working people involved in Lakewood’s ministry.

What is your claim to fame?
I was officer of the year at the Hall County Sheriff’s Office in the early 1990’s.

What do you like to do on your day off?
Drink a slow cup of coffee, read, and usually some project around the house.

What was your first job?
Working for a moving company in Houston, TX. It was the summer of my junior year in high school.

What are you currently listening to?
Pandora, Hillsong United, Josh Garrels.

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DREW LEE
Minister of Recreation (BA, MA)


What inspires you?
That moment of investment when the person you have been pouring into meets Jesus, finds freedom in life, or the smile you see on a child’s face when they begin to grasp a skill in sports.

What is your claim to fame?
I am a two time EKU Intramural Ultimate Frisbee Champion!

What is your favorite quote?
“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first time. I owe him my best.”
-Joe DiMaggio –

What are you currently listening to?
Tennessee Sports Talk Radio.

What was your first job?
Mr. Gatti’s Pizza. I was the original Gatti Daddy!

Who is in your family?
My wife Amberley, my son Grayson, and our dog Sophie.

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JOY WILLIS
Marketing & Graphics Director (BA)


What inspires you?
I love hearing people’s stories; especially, when it involves overcoming difficult circumstances because of their faith.

What is your favorite quote?
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
-Jim Elliot-

What do you like to do on your day off?
Being at home. I love sitting on my front porch, drinking coffee and watching the rain. It’s even better if someone in my family is sitting there with me.

What was your first job?
In high school I worked at a Bridal Boutique helping brides choose a wedding dress.

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JEFF FARR
Campus Facilities Director


What inspires you?
My children.

Who’s your favorite superhero?
Batman!

What do you love about your ministry?
I have always loved serving and helping others, and in my position I can do that. But, what I love most is that I serve my Lord with my job.

What is your favorite scripture?
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
-Luke 6:31-

What do you like to do on your day off?
Fish Fish Fish. Hunt Hunt Hunt.

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