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

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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

Christine Paul | 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 | Kids Cove Weekday Director | Email

Christa GaudinierGrade School MinisterEmail

Connie Phillips | Preschool Associate | Email

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.


6:00-7:30 PM

Wednesday Nights


Our preschoolers develop a missions heart as they move from a focus on themselves to a focus on others. 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 6:00-7:30 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.



Parent Cue

We want to help you parent smarter, not harder, so you can use tools in the moments that are already a part of your family’s life – whether it’s on the go or around the dinner table.

1. Download the Parent Cue app in the App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Create an account
3. Sync with Lakewood Baptist Church

You’ll then be able to see the latest news, upcoming events, as well as contact info for both our church and family ministries. You’ll also receive great, faith-related content every week as well as simple cues to help you connect with the heart of your kids.



See what's coming up

Parent Child Dedication September 24, 2023

If you have a child you would like to dedicate to the Lord, we invite you to join us September 24, at 4:00pm in the Chapel. This is a special and personalized service. For more information and to Pre-register by September 20, please email Candace at cstradley@lakewoodlife.org.

Pumpkin Fest

PumpkinFest, our annual fall outreach and family event, is almost here! Each year we invite our community to join us for a fun evening in a safe environment. Invite your neighbors and make plans to join us!

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