The pastor would say, “I just couldn't sit there. I'd have to get my fishing pole,” Garland said.
Though the view has changed over the years (the lakes are now the site of apartments and the cancer center), one thing has stayed the same. The church has stuck with a traditional worship style.
“I feel very strongly about that,” he said.
The Wednesday night teen church program, which focuses on “good old-fashioned preaching” and traditional hymns, continues to grow.
“It's very vibrant and exciting. The kids love it,” said Garland.
The church supports 138 missionaries in 38 different countries.
“Our focus is getting the gospel out here and around the world,” Garland said.
Another part of the church's ministry is Lakeview Baptist Academy, a K-12 school with an enrollment of around 70 and a staff of 10.
“We try to keep it small, so we can give the children a lot of individual attention,” he said.
Garland said the Bible is essential in the curriculum, but the core subjects are also taught. The academy is open to the general public.
Lakeview Baptist Church
'If you are looking for an old-fashioned, Bible believing, Bible preaching, Bible practicing church, we would love to have you visit Lakeview Baptist.'
Bro. Robert Garland
- Denomination: Independent Baptist
- Pastor: Bro. Robert Garland
- Established: 1959
- Average attendance: 150-175
- Worship style: traditional
- Worship days:
9:45 a.m. Sunday School
11 a.m. morning worship, children's church
6 p.m. evening worship
6:30 p.m. children's classes
7 p.m. teen church, prayer meeting and Bible study
- Address: 830 Shumacola Trail, Tupelo
- Website: www.lakeviewbaptisttupelo.com
- Phone: (662) 842-4005
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