Church Staff

Our Pastor:  James Stophel

Pastor James came to Laguardo Baptist in April 2018. Prior to arriving here,
he has pastored in Southwest Virginia and in Middle and West Tennessee.
Pastor James was saved at the age of 12 and he answered the call to preach
in 2004. In addition to serving as pastor to the member 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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Youth Pastor – Bradley Stubbs

Bradley currently resides in Hermitage, TN and has been the youth pastor at LaGuardo Baptist since April 2019. He graduated from Greenville Universiry with a major in sports management and a minor in ministry. He currently attends Liberty Universiry online and is pursuing his masters in Arts and 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 and helps people get Bibles and encourages them in their ministry.

Favorite Bible Verse: His favorite Scripture are also the theme verses for the youth ministry which reside in Romans 12:1-2 and reads, “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. (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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