Lakewood Baptist Church
Lakewood exists to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Jeremy Jessen grew up in a ministry home and was called into the ministry at an early age. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2001 with a B.A. in Pastoral Studies. He married his wife Jennifer and then went on to study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving his M.Div. in Christian Ministry. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Expository Preaching at Southern and is a member of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. He and Jennifer have three kids, Isabel, Grant and Haddon. He has served as the Senior Pastor at Lakewood since May, 2015.
Craig is a longtime Louisville resident who grew up in the Shepherdsville, Ky. area. A lifelong lover of music and the arts, Craig has participated and performed with numerous Louisville-area ensembles and churches, including the Kentucky Opera Chorus, Louisville Bach Society, Stephen Foster: The Musical, the University of Louisville Collegiate Chorale, and the University of Louisville.
In 1986, Hurstbourne Baptist Church saw the need for a new church to be started in the rapidly growing East End of Louisville in order to reach people for Christ. As a result, on March 17th, 1987 a small group of 5 people met for a prayer meeting in the home of Al and Brenda Harris in Beckley Woods subdivision. In May of 1987, Dr. David Harris was called as full-time pastor for the new mission church.
In July 23, 1987 Lakewood’s present property site was purchased. The property originally consisted of 23 acres of rolling meadows with trees surrounding a small lake. The first Sunday service conducted on the new property site was September 20, 1987 in the pre-existing 10 room farmhouse. One year later, Lakewood Baptist Church was constituted into a church on September 25, 1988 with 59 charter members. Lakewood broke ground on its beautiful worship center in late fall of 1988. The construction of the worship facility was a labor of love. Church members and Baptist Builders from other locations joined in a team effort to construct God’s house.