What we are About here at Medulla

Serving the spiritual needs of the Lakeland community for more than a century.

A Beacon of Hope
for 137 Years

For over 137 years, we have proudly served as a lighthouse for Christ, illuminating the path to faith, love, and community. As part of the Southern Baptist Convention, we are committed to honoring God and embracing a hope-filled future for our church and the greater Lakeland community.

A God-Honoring, Family-Friendly, and Conservative
Southern Baptist Church

At Medulla Baptist Church, we prioritize honoring God in every aspect of our worship, teaching, and ministries. Our desire is to create a welcoming and family-friendly environment where individuals and families can grow in their faith and build lasting relationships.

As a conservative Southern Baptist Church, we hold steadfastly to the principles and teachings of the Bible. We believe in the authority of Scripture, the centrality of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to transform lives. Our commitment to biblical truth guides our beliefs and practices, providing a solid foundation for spiritual growth and discipleship.

A Multigenerational Congregation with Vibrant Classes and Activities

One of the defining characteristics of Medulla Baptist Church is our multigenerational congregation. We believe that every age group has unique spiritual needs and perspectives, which is why we offer a variety of classes and activities for all ages.

For children, we provide engaging and nurturing Children’s Ministry programs where they can learn about God’s love and grow in their faith in a safe and supportive environment. Our dedicated team of trained volunteers ensures that children receive excellent care and age-appropriate biblical instruction.

Our Student Ministry is designed to help teenagers navigate the challenges of adolescence while deepening their relationship with Christ. Through relevant teaching, discipleship, and meaningful fellowship, we strive to equip the next generation with a strong foundation for their faith.

Adults at Medulla Baptist Church have opportunities to connect, learn, and grow through our Bible study groups, known as Family Groups. These Family groups provide a space for meaningful discussions, prayer, and mutual support, fostering deep relationships and spiritual growth.

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A Loving and Kind Community Sharing God's Goodness

At the heart of Medulla Baptist Church is a community of loving and kind people who have experienced firsthand the goodness of God. We are passionate about sharing that goodness with others, extending a warm embrace to everyone who walks through our doors. Whether you’re hurting, discouraged, or uncertain about life, we strive to be a place of genuine love, support, and encouragement.

Our desire is not only to grow in our faith individually but also to impact the world around us. We actively seek opportunities to serve and meet the spiritual needs of people no matter their situation. By engaging with the Lakeland community, we aim to create a stronger bond and share the transformative power of Christ’s love.

Experience the Goodness of God at Medulla Baptist Church

If you’re searching for a place to call your church home, where you can honor and worship God alongside other believers, Medulla Baptist Church is here for you. We invite you to join our vibrant congregation, where you’ll find a nurturing environment for spiritual growth and a community that genuinely cares for one another.

Come and experience firsthand what God can do in your life and in the lives of others. We encourage you to schedule a visit to Medulla Baptist Church, where you’ll discover the power of faith, the warmth of fellowship, and the hope of a bright future. Our doors are open, and we eagerly await the opportunity to welcome you into our Medulla family.

Frequently Asked Questions


At Medulla Baptist Church, we offer the following service times:

  • Morning Worship: Sundays at 9:30 am
  • Family Groups (Sunday School): Sundays at 10:45 am
  • Evening Activities (Wednesday): Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Medulla Baptist Church offers a diverse range of ministries to cater to various age groups and interests. We have engaging Children’s and Student Ministries that provide age-appropriate teaching, activities, and events. Our Adult Ministries include Family Groups for Bible study, fellowship, and spiritual growth. We also have ministries focused on music and worship, missions and outreach, as well as senior adults. For more detailed information about our ministries, please visit the Ministries page on our website. >view our ministries here<

As a first-time visitor, we want you to feel welcome and comfortable at Medulla Baptist Church. Expect to be greeted by friendly faces as soon as you arrive. Our greeters will be available to guide you and answer any questions you may have. We recommend visiting our “New Here” page on our website, where you’ll find helpful information about what to expect, our beliefs, and how to get involved. We also invite you to join us for our Sunday morning worship service, followed by Family Groups (Sunday School) where you can connect with others and grow in your faith.

At Medulla Baptist Church, our pastor preaches from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation.  Members of our congregation use a variety of translations.  King James Version (KJV) Bibles are placed in the Worship Center pew racks.

If you have any more questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to assist you and help make your experience at Medulla Baptist Church meaningful and fulfilling.

Why Members Love Medulla.

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Let Us Lift You Up!

Feeling overwhelmed or facing a tough situation? We’re here for you. Our prayer team is ready to intercede on your behalf. Click the “Ask for Prayer” button and let us come together, supporting and uplifting one another through the power of prayer. Remember, you don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. Prayer changes things, and together, we can find strength, hope, and peace in God’s presence.

Pastor Mark Epperson and his wife Senior Lead Pastor of Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland Florida

Pastor Mark Epperson

Senior Pastor

Mark was born in Orlando, Florida.  God called him to Christian ministry in 1981 during the European Baptist Convention in Interlaken, Switzerland.  He received a BME degree from Samford University, and an MM degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Mark served at First Baptist Church in Cuthbert, Georgia, and the First Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Florida, as a Music and worship pastor for nearly 20 years.  Upon his calling to the pastorate, Mark served as Senior Pastor at the Cedar Hills Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida for 6 years before becoming Senior Pastor here at Medulla in 2010.  He has published a book titled, “That Many Will See and Fear”.  Mark lives here in Lakeland with his wife Donna, and they have two adult children, Taryn and Tyler.  The entire family are huge fans of the football dynasty known as the Alabama Crimson Tide.  Mark’s life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Pastor Jeff Myatt and his wife Worship Lead Pastor of Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland Florida

Pastor Jeff Myatt

Worship and Families Pastor

Jeff was born and raised in North Florida.  He followed the call to Christian Ministry in 1983.  He earned a B.A. in Religion from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1986 and a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991.  Jeff has served in churches in Florida, Texas, and Georgia as a Youth Pastor for nearly 21 years and an Associate Pastor the past 18.  Additionally, Jeff has ministered as a Hospice Chaplain here in Polk County for 6 years.  Jeff and been married to Laurie for almost 42 years, has three adult children and (most importantly) two Grand-Children! Jeff will be happy to tell you about the grandkids if you ask.   Jeff’s’ hobbies are music, guitar, golf, disc golf, walking/running.  Jeff’s loves most sports and he and Laurie are proud members of the Gator Nation!  Jeff is most passionate about pursuing a life-giving relationship with God through Jesus Christ and having that relationship with God affect everything we do.   Jeff’s life verse in Psalm 73:26.

Dylan LeFebvre and wife Till Directors of Student Ministries

Dylan LeFebvre

Director of Student Ministries

Dylan was born in Lakeland, Florida.  He has earned his Associates degree from Polk State College, a BS degree in Health Sciences from University of South Florida, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.  Dylan enjoys spending leisure time on the golf course and exercising.  He loves sports and is a fan of the University of Florida Gators.  Dylan is married to Til and they have a pup named Scout.  Dylan’s life verse is I Corinthians 16:13.

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