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: These must be added no later than 1:00 PM on Wednesdays to be used for that night. 


Our Team

From left to right:

Ashley Echols | Administrative Assistant | Email

Jon Edwards | Middle School Minister | Email

Jamie Willis | Next Generation PastorEmail

Dylan Evans | Student/High School Pastor | Email

MaryBeth Jackson | Girls’ Minister | Email

Connect With Us



9:30 - 10:45am

Sundays Mornings

On Sunday mornings throughout the school year, we gather in The Lodge for small groups from 9:30-10:45 AM. These small groups (divided by grade and gender) 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 school students) and The Formation Series by YM360 (for high school students). Sunday morning groups also meet together outside of Sunday mornings from time to time to hang out, build community and serve together. Following Sunday morning groups, we encourage all students to join us at our Real Life Worship Service at 11:00 AM.



Wednesday Nights

On Wednesday evenings throughout the school year, we meet from 6:15-7:45 PM for our midweek 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 PM to hang out with friends, play games, or eat in our Lodge Cafe. At 6:15 PM, middle school students will worship together in the Upper Lodge Auditorium while high school students will worship together in the Lower Lodge Auditorium. At 7:15 PM, 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 the 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 on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, 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.


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 teenagers. You’ll also find Family Experiences, a resource for you to lead your teens in different spiritual milestone experiences from 6th-12th grade. Please let our Staff Team know if you have any questions.


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 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, Next Generation Pastor (Jamie Willis) and his wife (Joy) lead a group specifically designed for parents of teenagers. This group meets from 9:30-10:45 AM in The Lodge upper auditorium, while students meet with their leaders in small 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

Graduate Recognition Sunday

On May 19, we are excited to celebrate those graduating in the spring from high school. Graduates will be celebrated in all worship services.

Summer Calendar

We have a FUN summer planned for our middle and high school students including camp, summer hangout, tournaments, serving opportunities and more. Click below to see a full list of what is going in Student Ministry this summer. Go ahead and add these student events to your calendar and feel free to reach out to a member of our staff with any questions!


Summer Camp

We are excited to let you know that we are going to Summer Camp on July 15-19, 2024! We’ll be heading to Johnson University in Knoxville, TN as part of Generate Camp with Jason Cook (Camp Pastor) and Rush of Fools (Band).

Cost is $425 and at this time, we have already reached our capacity for summer camp. To be added to the waiting list, please fill out the form below and we will let you know as soon as space opens up.