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
Our Worship Director: Chris Brown
Youth Pastor: Search in progress for our next youth pastor…..