Pastor Mike & Susan Millican
I was born in 1953 and born again in 1979. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Susan since 1973 and love her more than ever. We have three awesome kids: Jason, Ashley Gregory and Tim. We have also been blessed with three of the most beautiful grandchildren you've ever seen; Selah, Ella and Noah. Susan’s brother Mark also lives with us.
God called me to preach in 1981 and I immediately enrolled in Moody Evening School. Then in 1984 I enrolled in Trinity College of Florida in Dunedin, Florida and graduated with a BA in Biblical Studies in 1987. After Trinity I enrolled in Tampa Bay Theological Seminary which eventually became a satellite campus for Dallas Theological Seminary but fell short of getting my Masters Degree for financial reasons. However, it was then, in 1990 that God called me to be the pastor of what was then called Bible Missionary Church which would later become Lakeland Bible Church. I have been here ever since!
I love the people whom God has entrusted to me here and I consider it a great honor to shepherd the flock here. I love sharing Christ with the lost, teaching God’s Word and helping others learn of the sufficiency of God's Word and His marvelous love and grace through our Lord Jesus. I love kids because they are so insanely real and I know they have a special place in our Lord’s heart.
I am humbled and honored that God has called me to be a pastor. The words of the song, "In Me" by Casting Crowns expresses how incredibly inadequate I feel at times, while at the same time being assured that any service worthy of the Lord is, "'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the Lord of hosts." (Zech.4:6)
"Cause when I’m weak, You make me strong
When I’m blind, You shine Your light on me
Cause I’ll never get by living on my own ability
How refreshing to know You don’t need me
How amazing to find that You want me
So I’ll stand on Your truth, and I’ll fight with Your strength
Until You bring the victory, by the power of Christ in me"
I am forever compelled by the love of Christ and consider it the greatest honor of my life to serve Him!
Elder Walter & Gail Williams
I became a believer May 1964 before leaving for Vietnam. It has been my privilege to have felt the hand of God on my life through each year, each trial, and each adventure. My wife Gail blessed me by saying “Yes!”, 29 years ago! We have three great kids and two wonderful grandchildren. Since coming to LBC, I’ve had the joy of seeing this Congregation grow, if not so much numerically but certainly spiritually. I am truly thankful for whatever ministry opportunities God has allowed me to be a part of. As the days grow darker in our land with many wanting and needing the sweet peace that Christ can give, I know more folks will come and I assure them they are all welcome!!
Elder Jodel & Melissa Garcon
Jodel Garcon serves as an elder and is also over the Youth Program at Lakeland Bible Church. Jodel and his family has been with Lakeland Bible Church since 2015. He is a married father of 3, has a passion for evangelism, and outreach and believes very strongly that a relevant church is a church that connects with its community along the lines of the command to love God with all of one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love one’s neighbor as oneself.
Deacon Pete & Dawn Weigler
If you were to die tonight, do you know for certain that you would go to heaven? If you were to ask me that same question when I was 18, I would have said No. My understanding of salvation was through works and since my “bad” works out numbered my “good” works, I figured why bother. I’m obviously not good enough. Boy was I wrong! Ephesians 2:8-9 cannot be any more clear... ”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Don’t get me wrong, faith based works is important for the believer so long as their heart is in the right place. But works has no value to the unbeliever. You cannot work or earn your way into heaven. Salvation is a gift and can only be received by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. There is only one way (sorry Oprah!), and that is through Jesus! John 14:6, Jesus tells us “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me…”.
So what do you have to do? Acknowledge that you are a sinner, that only through the blood of Christ can your sins be forgiven and accept Jesus into your heart. That’s it! Accept the gift that God has freely given all of us and rejoice in the fact that your salvation is assured through the blood of Christ. Amazing? His Love and His Grace are amazing! Want to learn more? Come visit us!
Deacon Jim Wierzbicki
I was raised in the Roman Catholic church. I knew the Bible as God’s written word but didn’t read it. I knew all about Jesus, but I didn’t know Him. I received Christ as my savior just prior to my 18th birthday, at 5:30 p.m. on 12 October 1974.
I had just come through a very low, depressing point in my life. A Christian couple I was buying a used car from asked me if I knew for sure that I would go to heaven when I die. I responded, “I hope so. I think I’m a pretty good person.” When they showed me in the Bible how I can know for sure that I will go heaven, and that there is absolutely nothing I can do to earn this salvation since it is a gift from God. After all I had been taught about works needed to earn and keep my salvation, it seemed too good to be true, too simple; but, I responded in child-like faith that I would like to receive this gift. It was, after all, a gift; and I wasn't about to reject a free gift, especially this one.
Shortly after that encounter, I moved away from home. For about 10 years after that I didn’t really change much in my life – I rarely read the Bible, wasn’t in a Bible believing church, and I wasn’t really living my life in a manner much distinguishable from the world. But God, who is faithful, kept calling me and reminding me that I was His, and that He desired for me both a relationship in eternity as well as this life. It was at that point in my life, I turned my life completely over to Jesus and have never looked back. There is no safer, more secure way to live in this world.