Elders & Staff


At Lakewood Baptist Church, we exist to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our elders lead the congregation toward greater spiritual maturity and Christlikeness (Ephesians 4:11-14) as our staff works to spur the congregation on in Christ-exalting, God-glorifying worship (Psalm 150).


Learn more about our Team below.


Jeremy Jessen

senior Pastor

Jeremy has served as the Senior Pastor of Lakewood since 2015 when his wife, Jennifer, and their three children relocated to Louisville from his hometown of St. Louis, where he previously served as a pastor.

He also serves at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as an Adjunct Professor. Previously he served as an Adjunct Professor at both Moody Bible Institute and Missouri Baptist University.

He received his B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute, as well as an M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His academic research interests are in Christian preaching, historical theology, and practical theology.

Fredrick D. Walker

associate pastor

Fred is passionate about accurate theology and its application to life through deep, Bible-centered discipleship. As the Associate Pastor, his primary responsibilities are administration, communications, and oversight of the youth and children’s ministries.

He and his wife, Laura, came to Lakewood with their daughter in January 2021 after more than a decade of military service in the U.S. Marine Corps and Army. 

He earned his B.A. in English, Rhetoric & Humanistic Studies from Virginia Military Institute and is currently pursuing his M.Div. in Great Commission Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Craig Crawley

Worship leader

A professionally trained vocalist, Craig has led worship at Lakewood for over a decade. His great aim is to help others know God more intimately through songs that reflect The Lord’s attributes and nature.

Janet Lawler


Janet has served as the lead accompanist at Lakewood for many years. She is passionate about worshipping God through her gift of music. Her husband,  Brad, serves the church as a Deacon.