Rev. Wilbert C. Baker, Senior Pastor
Pastor Baker is a native Houstonian, and the founding pastor of Lakeland Baptist Church. Pastor was reared in Acers Homes where he was a member of Progressive Baptist Church under the leadership of the Reverend B. J. Lewis. He is married to Carol Lynn (Stephens) Baker, and they have two grown children: Jessica (Baker) Heath, and William Baker. They have three grandchildren: Daylen, DJ, and Nadia. Prior to Lakeland, Pastor served as an associate minister of Creston Baptist Church where he was ordained by the late Pastor Leroy Ross. Pastor Baker served as pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Houston, and pastor of St. Luke Baptist Church of Humble. Pastor Baker holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree, Master of Divinity , and is completing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Along with his pastoral duties, he serves as Principal of Lakeland Ministry Institute. Pastor insists that of greater value than his formal education was his mentorship by the Rev. Dr. Sidney Stephens!
Rev. Lionel Martin, Associate Pastor
Reverend Martin brings over 40 years of ministry experience to the Lakeland family. He has served as interim pastor, youth pastor, and associate pastor across the state of Texas. He is matriculating at Lakeland Ministry Institute.
Rita Martin, Minister of Music
Rita has been involved in church music ministry since childhood. She received her initial training at First Baptist where the late Reverend Williams was pastor. She continued to receive formal training in music, and God has used her across the state of Texas. She is an author of children's song books and teaches music widely. She is curently matriculating through Lakeland Ministry Institute.
Debra Palms, Director of Biblical Counseling and Spiritual Formation
Sis. Debra completed prayer training at Windsor Village Prayer Institute. She earned her Biblical Counseling Certification at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, her B.A. degree in Communications from the University of Indiana, and completed her M.A. degree in Biblical Counseling at Luther Rice Seminary. She is also matriculating at Lakeland Ministry Institute.
Carol Baker, First Lady - Minister to Mothers
Carol (Stephens) Baker is the youngest daughter of the Reverend Dr. Sidney Stephens and Gloria (Franklin) Stephens. Dr. Stephens is pastor emeritus of the New Hope Baptist Church. She attended the University of Houston and worked in retail before marrying Pastor Baker. After marriage she became full time stay at home mom and worked in christian education at the church. She has past students who are grown now that continue to bless her for teaching them in Sunday school. She is a grandmother now and that has rekindled her joy of motherhood.
Pastor Baker often talks about how Sis. Baker how is comfortable in her skin and confident in her calling. He says he envys her (figuratively speaking) in regards to her contentment and peace. She is an excellent First Lady and continues to encourage others and support Pastor as much as she can as God wills.
Lorialie Pittman, Minister of Christian Education
Sis. Lorie is a commited Christian who grew up Catholic. She was led to protestantism by her husband who serves as a deacon at Lakeland. She has Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Business Administration degree from Texas Women's University, and she is completing a Masters degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is also matriculating at Lakeland Ministry Institute.