Who We Are

We are the kids ministry of Lakewood Baptist Church: a ministry to kids from birth through 5th grade and their families.  We exist to partner with parents to raise up a biblically-literate, fully devoted generation of believers in Jesus Christ.  Our sincere hope is that every child would have a Bible in their hand, a purpose in their life, and the Savior in their heart.



Kids Cove

Kids Cove is our expansive kids ministry space in which we have three unique learning environments.  WeeCare is a designated, secure space where we provide care for our smallest kids (birth to 2 years old).  GroZone is a multi-classroom space with an indoor playground where we minister to our preschoolers (ages 2-5).  Finally, the Kids Cove area is designed to accomodate large and small group gatherings for our grade school children (Kindergarten through 5th grade).

Lakewood Kids Weekday

Kids Cove Weekday is an extension of our preschool ministry to children and their families. We offer a half day program (8:45 AM – 12:45 PM) with two, three and five-day options available for children 12 months through four years (PreK). We are blessed to have teachers that love the Lord and children and offer activities throughout the school year to provide hands-on learning with an engaging curriculum.  We work alongside parents during this time in a child’s life to help provide academic and scriptural foundation.


Our Staff

Our Team

(Pictured left to right)

Candace Stradley | Kids Ministry Admin. Asst. | Email

Jessie Poole | Kids Ministry Associate  Email

Melissa HilburnGrade School Associate | Email

Allison Polsinelli | Preschool Minister | Email

Jennie Tomlin | Preschool Associate | Email

Hannah Creekmur (not pictured) | Special Needs Coordinator | Email

Jeremy Daniels | Next Gen Worship Director  | Email

Jamie Willis | Next Gen Pastor | Email

Jodi Branyon | Childcare Coordinator | Email

Maribeth JoynerGrade School Associate | Email 

Heather Godwin | Grade School Associate | Email

Emilee Phillips | Weekday Preschool Director | Email

Christa GaudinierGrade School MinisterEmail

Connie Phillips | Preschool Associate | Email

New Volunteers

We need MORE volunteer leaders to help pour into our Preschool and Grade School kids on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Would you prayerfully consider joining our incredible team of volunteer leaders? There are lots of different ways to serve. Please contact Allison Polsinelli to learn about preschool serving opportunities; Christa Gaudinier to learn more about Grade School serving opportunities; and Jessie Poole to learn about how to serve on our Greeting Team.

Connect With Us



9:30 AM & 11:00 AM

Sunday Mornings


Everything we teach our preschoolers is based on one of three simple, but powerful, truths.

God Made Me

God Loves Me

Jesus Wants To Be My Friend Forever

The entire curriculum is constructed to incite wonder in a preschooler and meet them where they are cognitively, spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Through age appropriate activities, preschoolers are building their spiritual foundation so that by the time they graduate to Kindergarten they know the three basic truths.


Kids are taught Bible stories and truths in creative and relevant ways. Application of spiritual concepts is reinforced in small groups where they also receive care and instruction from an adult leader.


6:15-7:45 PM

Wednesday Nights


Our preschoolers develop a missions heart as they move from a focus on themselves to a focus on others on Wednesday nights from 6:15-7:45. Preschoolers will grow toward God as they become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love.


On Wednesday evenings during the school year we gather for our Kids Ministry Wednesday Night programs from 6:15-7:45 PM. This mid-week program helps Grade Schoolers build a lasting foundation of Bible Skills and Bible memorization, learn from a strong life application, experience small group discipleship, and offers a deep emphasis on missions.


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 kids in Preschool and Grade School on Sundays and Wednesdays, we support parents through training, resources and parent seminars to better equip you in your God-given role with your kids.

Ministry to Parents

Lakewood has partnered with Ministry to Parents to provide you with FREE parenting resources each month. Just click the link below to see new resources each month including a short parenting class video along with a downloadable resource to help you invest in the spiritual life of your kids. You’ll also find Family Experiences, a resource for you to lead your kids in different spiritual milestone experiences from birth-5th grade. Please let our Staff Team know if you have any questions.




See what's coming up

Music and Drama Camp

Music and Drama Camp is coming up: July 7-11. The cost for camp is $60 which helps to pay for a Camp T-shirt, CD/Download of Musical, Script, Activities, and Snacks.  This week-long camp is an opportunity for our kids to work together, collaborate, and use their talents to learn and perform a musical at the end of the camp week. This year you can meet us under the Big Top as we meet the Parabalini Family Circus in the musical “The Prodigal Clown.” Despite the nonstop fun and hilarity of clowns, knife-throwers, lion tamers, and human cannonballs, there’s a serious and heartwarming story to be told about the father whose love for his children is unconditional. Come one, come all. . .


Moving On Up Pool Party

For rising 6th Graders and their parents.

Come hang out with our Kids and Student Ministry Staff on Tuesday July 23, for some fellowship, food and swimming. Our Student Ministry Staff will meet with parents and kids about what to expect at Lakewood Students.


Camp Big Enough

On Saturday August 3, we would like to invite our kids entering Kindergarten in August, and their parents, to Camp Big Enough! At Camp Big Enough we provide a family breakfast with our Preschool and Grade School leaders, a visit to the worship venues (BIG CHURCH!), and a snapshot of a Sunday morning experience on our Grade School hallway.

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NextGen Parent Connection

On Sunday, August 11 from 2:30-4:00 PM all parents of kids from preschool – high school are invited to join us for this time to learn more about our NextGen Ministry including: a weekly ministry environment overview, what we’re teaching, big event dates for the year, parent resources and serving opportunities. This is also a time to meet our staff team and answer any questions. We’ll have coffee and deserts and childcare is available by request for children 5th grade and under. 


Parent-Child Dedication

Parent-Child Dedication is the act of giving back to God the gift he has given to you. It is an act of worship, thanksgiving, trust, and commitment. The ceremony is an opportunity to commit to raising your child with the knowledge of the Christian faith before God, your friends and family. The ceremony also reminds parents to depend on God and His resources, including the church family and friends, to help nurture their children.

Parent-Child Dedication will be held on August 18, 2024 at 4pm in the Chapel.