Thanks for visiting us! We hope this site provides a small snap-shot of who we are, and what we are about as a Church. I have had the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor since July of 2019. Dru and I spent the past 10 years serving in student ministry and running an after school program. We never would have dreamed that God would call us to our home counties to do ministry.
I am originally from Forest, MS, and my wife, Dru, is from Decatur, MS. We have a daughter, Gracie, who just turned 3 years old. We believe that God has truly brought us back home to minister in our home counties. Our home is literally on the Scott/Newton county line. God has given me a passion for preaching His Word and for equipping people to be ministers of the Gospel. I place a high emphasis on Christ-centered marriages and families, which I believe will help us to be a healthy church. We desire for First Baptist Church Lake to be a community church, whose doors are open to everyone. We also strive to have a global approach in our efforts to fulfill the great commission. Our church supports missionaries and takes short term trips to share the Gospel with different people groups.
In my time as pastor here I have found the people to be very genuine in their faith with a hunger to learn and grow in their walk with Christ. We would love to have you visit with us and I’d be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Jeremy Gibbs has worked in worship ministry since 2002 and has served at First Lake since 2018. Passionate about leading others to know Christ and to experience His love and faithfulness, Jeremy leads the First Lake Worship Band, directs the First Lake Choir, and serves with various ministries in the church.
Both Jeremy and his wife, Alissa, are natives of nearby Morton, Mississippi, and both work in the Scott County School District. They live in Forest, Mississippi with their nine children. Their mission is to strive to lead others to know Christ and to pour into the next generation.
Chris joined our staff March 1, 2021. It is with great joy that we welcome Bro. Chris back home to serve as our associate pastor. Chris grew up here at FBC Lake and was ordained by this church in 2018. Chris served as Pastor of Decedar Baptist Church for 3.5 years before joining us here at FBC Lake. Chris has a genuine pastors heart and a passion for the Word of God. He is currently enrolled in undergraduate courses at William Carey where he is pursuing a Christian Ministries Degree. Chris and his wonderful bride Paige have been married for 7 years.
Briana serves as our ministry assistant and financial secretary. Her husband Lee serves as a Deacon in our church, and they are very active in their community.