Our Student Ministry exists to help students LIVE for God, LOVE the church and LEAD others to Christ.

Who We Are

We are the student ministry of Lakewood Baptist Church: a ministry to middle and high school students and parents. On Sundays and Wednesdays, we gather in The Lodge, our student ministry facility, to help students LIVE for God (worship), LOVE the church (community) and LEAD others to Christ (mission). Through partnering with parents, our desire is to see students: own their faith and grow through spiritual disciplines, have a biblical worldview and a global perspective, know and use their spiritual gifts to serve others, be involved in God’s mission of sharing the gospel and making disciples, be involved in an authentic Christian community through a local church.

The Lodge

The Lodge is our two-story Student Ministry space located on the back side of the church campus. The Lodge has two large worship auditoriums for both Middle School and High School, as well as meeting spaces for small groups.

Students can purchase food and drinks from The Lodge Café on Wednesday Nights and Sunday Mornings. You can open an account, or pay with cash/card. Click the link below to add funds to a student’s Lodge Cafe account.

Note: It will take up to 24 hours before funds will be posted to your student’s account.


Our Team

From left to right:

Ashley Echols | Administrative AssistantEmail

Chris Hargrove | Middle School Pastor | Email

Jamie Willis | Student Pastor | Email

MaryBeth Bailey | Girls’ Minister | Email

Connect With Us



9:30 - 10:30am


On Sunday mornings, we gather in The Lodge for Fusion Groups from 9:30-10:30 am. These are small groups (divided by grade and gender) that meet with 1-2 adult leaders to help students connect deeper with God and each other. Our primary curriculum is: The Foundation Series by YM360 (for middle schools students) and The Formation Series by YM360 (for high school students). Fusion Groups also meet together outside of Sunday mornings from time to time to hang out, build community and serve together. Following Fusion Groups, we encourage all students to join us at our Real Life Worship Service at 11:00am.



6:30 - 8:00pm

Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday evenings, we gather for Fusion from 6:30-8:00pm. Fusion is a worship experience for students with a live band (led by students and adults) and relevant teaching from God’s Word by one of our student ministry staff. Lodge doors open for all students at 5:30 to hang out with friends, play games or eat in our Lodge Cafe. At 6:30, middle school students will worship together in the Worship Center while high school students will worship together in the Lower Lodge Auditorium. At 7:30, students will gather in small groups (by grade and gender) with adult leaders to discuss and apply the message they just heard.



Connecting and Supporting Parents of Students

Overview of Parent Ministry

We believe that parents are called to be the primary spiritual leaders for their kids (see Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Ephesians 6:4). Our role in church is to come alongside parents and support you in this incredible responsibility by reinforcing the truths you are teaching in your home. In addition to what we do with students at Fusion and Fusion Groups, we support parents through training, resources and parent seminars to better equip you in your God-given role with your kids. Please be sure to contact us about being added to our Parent E-mail list to keep up with these opportunities and upcoming student ministry events.



As parents are the primary spiritual leaders for their kids, we want to set you up well to discuss spiritual truth in your home. Use the links below to view some resources that can help you have some brief family devotion time with your teens.


Parents of Teenagers Group

On Sunday mornings, Student Pastor (Jamie Willis) and his wife (Joy) lead a group specifically designed for parents of teenagers. This group meets from 9:30-10:45am in the Ministry Center/Gym (next to The Lodge) while students meet with their leaders in Fusion Groups. The vision of this group is to be a community of parents who support, encourage and equip one another to be the primary spiritual leaders for their kids. We spend time in different Bible studies and topics that relate to parenting during this life-stage. It’s a discussion-oriented format (not a lecture) and includes time to connect with other adults and pray for our kids. There’s also free coffee!


Table Talk

As parents are the primary spiritual leaders for their kids, we want to set you up well to discuss spiritual truth in your home. Click the link below to see a summary of what we’re learning in Fusion Groups on Sunday mornings along with a key verse and discussion questions. We encourage you to use these downloadable discussion guides for a “Table Talk” or brief family devotion time with your teens.



See what's coming up

Graduate Recognition Sunday

High school graduates will be recognized in our 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. Then following the Real Life service, there will be a special lunch for graduates and their families at 12:15pm in the Ministry Center and graduates will also receive a special gift. For lunch we will have Johnny’s BBQ which will include pulled pork, baked beans, cole slaw, and banana pudding. Deadline to register for this lunch and submit pictures for the bulletin is May 5. See below for more details.


Summer Camp

All middle and high school students are invited to attend Summer Camp 2021 with Generate Camp by YM360, July 20-24, 2021 at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. Our theme this year is The Darkness and the Light John 1:5. Our speaker is Jason Cook and worship will be led by Bethany Barr Phillips. The cost is $350 and you must register with a $75 deposit to secure your spot. Students will lodge in dorms which house 2 to 8 per room with either a private bath or community-style bath. Some of the activities on campus include: Outdoor sand volleyball court, outdoor pool, indoor basketball courts and frisbee golf.

For more information or to register check out our Summer Camp Website.