Church Staff

Our Pastor:  James Stophel

Pastor James came to Laguardo Baptist in April 2018.


Prior to arriving at LBC,

Pastor James has pastored in Southwest Virginia and in Middle and West Tennessee. He was saved at the age of 12 and he answered the call to preach in 2004. In addition to serving as pastor to the members of LBC, he is also actively involved in the associational work and currently serving Tennessee Baptist as a director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

Pastor James holds both a Masters (M.Min) and Doctorate (D.Min) degree in Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled in Luther Rice Seminary where he is seeking to further his education with a
post-secondary Masters in Christian Studies(M.A.C.S.)

Pastor James has been married to his beautiful wife, Sonya, since 1989 who serves as an accountant for the state of Tennessee. James and Sonya have one son, Andrew, who currently resides in the Smyrna Tennessee with his wife
Molly . Pastor James and Ms. Sonya were also blessed with the addition of their first grandchild, Elizabeth (Ellie) in December of 2015.

Favorite Bible Verses: Psalms 118:8, I Thessalonians 4:13

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Student Pastor – Bradley Stubbs

Bradley currently resides in Hermitage, TN and has been the student pastor at LaGuardo Baptist since April 2019.

Prior to arriving at LBC,

Bradley graduated from Greenville University with a major in sports management and a minor in ministry. While at Greenville, he served as the FCA chaplain and the class chaplain. He previously interned at Temple Baptist Church in White House, TN where he lead the college ministry. He currently attends Liberty University online and is pursuing his masters of Arts in Theological Studies.

He recently got engaged to his gorgeous fiancé Gracie and they are very excited to be getting married next fall. She’s a huge support to Bradley in the youth ministry especially with the young ladies as she mentors students, helps in event planning, and even teaches Bible study on occasion. He also works for The Gideon’s International in Nashville, TN. He is a membership service associate and works daily with the members of The Gideons International. He is responsible for assisting the members in their mission of sharing God’s Word and also gets the opportunity to give spiritual advise to those who have found a Gideon Bible and are searching for answers.

Favorite Scripture: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2, ESV


Worship Leader – We are currently searching for our next great worship leader and are excited to see what God has in plan!

One thought on “Church Staff

  1. What a Privilege to have been with you…

    May His Spirit continue to guide you, His Joy Overflow within you and His Love flow from His Throne Room and run as a River through these Wonderful Loving people and into the surrounding streets and countryside…

    May the Song of the Saints go before you into the Mission Field.

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