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 Assistant | Email

Chris Hargrove | Middle School Pastor | Email

Jamie Willis | Student Pastor | Email

MaryBeth Bailey | Girls’ Minister | Email

Connect With Us




Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday evenings throughout the school year, 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 Upper Lodge Auditorium 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.


9:30 - 10:45am

Sundays Mornings

On Sunday mornings, we gather in The Lodge for Fusion Groups from 9:30-10:45 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.


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.


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.


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 Lodge upper auditorium, 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!



See what's coming up

Be Weekend

Be Weekend is January 29-30 and will be at North Georgia Christian Camp in Clarkesville, GA. Be Weekend is a two day retreat for high school girls to unplug and spend time with their Heavenly Father while growing in genuine community with one another. This year the theme is Be Still from Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Registration is now closed. See the FAQ’s below if you have any questions or contact MaryBeth.


United WKND is an event for middle and high school students that takes place at Lakewood Baptist Church on March 4-6. We will gather with students from other churches in the area to worship the Lord together and grow deeper in community with one another. This year at United WKND, we will focus on the theme of IDENTITY and our speaker is Rechab Gray and worship will be led by Lauren Lee

Registration is now open. Early Bird cost is $60 through February 2, then price goes up to $75 until registration closes on February 16. CLICK HERE to register or to get more information.


High School Mission Trip

Our Lakewood High school students have the opportunity to serve on a Spring Break Mission Trip (April 2-8) in Orlando, Florida. We are partnering with Servant Life and Serve Orlando to share the gospel and love of Christ in the Orlando community.  Registration is open now to all 9-12th grade students involved in the student ministry. See the document below for all details including cost, schedule, lodging, ministry opportunities, application, and next steps.


Summer Camp 2022

Summer Camp 2022 will be July 19-23, 2022. We’re headed back to Generate Camp at Covenant College. Also, you can save $50 off the final price of camp ($375) if you register with a $75 deposit during the EARLY BIRD SALE December 9 – January 30. Cost will be $325 if you register during the Early Bird Sale. Juniors and Seniors can also apply to serve on the Lead Team (cost is $150). Visit our Summer Camp Website to register or for more information.