Our Ministries

"Nurturing Faith, Building Community, Serving with Purpose"

A Place for Every Person.

Welcome to the “Our Ministries” page of Medulla Baptist Church, where we believe in building relationships through worship, family, and serving. Here, we offer a variety of ministries designed to meet the unique needs of every individual, from children to adults. Join us as we explore the transformative opportunities available within our church family.

Children: Cultivating a Foundation for Faith

At Medulla Baptist Church, we understand the importance of providing a nurturing and engaging environment for children to grow in their faith. Our Children’s Ministry is committed to lovingly caring for and ministering to babies through 5th graders, ensuring that parents can attend worship and Bible study with peace of mind.

Safety and Loving Care

All of our children’s programs are staffed by dedicated church members who have undergone training and background checks. We prioritize the safety and well-being of every child in our care, creating a secure environment where they can freely explore their faith. With trained volunteers who have a heart for children’s spiritual growth, we strive to make every child feel loved, valued, and supported.

Teaching Biblical Truths

Our passionate team of volunteers is committed to teaching children biblical truths that form the foundation of their faith. Through age-appropriate lessons, we introduce children to the wonders of God’s Word, helping them understand its relevance to their lives. From engaging stories to interactive discussions, we seek to ignite a love for Scripture and a desire to apply its teachings in their everyday experiences.

Fostering Spiritual Growth

We believe that spiritual growth begins at an early age. Our Children’s Ministry provides opportunities for children to grow in their relationship with God, encouraging them to develop a personal connection that will last a lifetime. Through creative worship experiences, children are invited to express their love and adoration for God in ways that resonate with them. We believe in nurturing their faith through prayer, praise, and worship, empowering them to develop their own vibrant spiritual lives.

Nursery Care for All Services

As parents attend Sunday morning services, we provide a dedicated nursery, ensuring that even the youngest of our church family receive loving care while their parents engage in worship and Bible study.

Join us in Cultivating a Foundation for Faith

At Medulla Baptist Church, we invite you and your children to join us in cultivating a strong foundation for faith. We are committed to partnering with families, walking alongside them as they nurture their children’s spiritual journeys. Our Children’s Ministry seeks to equip children with a solid understanding of God’s Word, fostering a personal relationship with Him that will endure throughout their lives. Together, let’s embark on an exciting adventure of faith, where children can thrive, learn, and experience the joy of knowing God.

Student Ministry: Empowering the Next Generation

At Medulla Baptist Church, our student ministry is a vibrant and dynamic community where young people can connect, grow, and thrive in their journey of faith. We are passionate about empowering the next generation to make a lasting impact for Christ. Through relevant teaching, intentional discipleship, and engaging activities, we create an environment where teenagers can explore their faith, ask tough questions, and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.

Building Strong Foundations

Our youth ministry caters to students in grades 6 through 12, providing a space for them to build strong foundations for their faith. On Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, we offer age-appropriate Family Groups where students can engage in Bible study and meaningful discussions with their peers. These groups provide a supportive environment for students to grow in their understanding of God’s Word and its application to their lives.

Two Youth group male Students and friends smiling at Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
three male students playing pickleball at Youth Group Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
Two Youth group female Students and friends smiling at Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
Young male students playing table tennis

Midweek Gatherings

Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30 pm, our youth come together for a dynamic time of fellowship, worship, and learning. During this weekly gathering, students participate in engaging Bible lessons and interactive activities that challenge them to grow in their faith. It is a time for them to share their experiences, gain inspiration, hope, and encouragement, and strengthen their relationships with one another.

Serving and Making a Difference

We believe in equipping our youth to live out their faith through acts of service and making a positive impact on our church and local community. Our youth ministry provides monthly opportunities for students to give back, serve others, and demonstrate the love of Christ in tangible ways. We also organize various events and activities where students can simply relax, have fun, and build lasting friendships with their peers.

College and Career Ministry

For young adults between the ages of 18 and 24, our College and Career Ministry offers a place to connect, grow, and navigate the unique challenges and transitions of this life phase.  With bi-monthly gatherings held off-campus at 8:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, Bible studies are provided that prompt reflection, discussion, and growth, with an opportunity to delve deeper into their faith, explore relevant topics, and seek spiritual insight alongside their peers. Plus, there’s always plenty of delicious food to enjoy together!

Join our Student Community

We invite teenagers and young adults to join our vibrant youth community at Medulla Baptist Church. Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or college, we provide a welcoming and supportive environment where you can grow in your faith, develop meaningful relationships, and discover your unique purpose in Christ. Come and be part of a community that empowers the next generation to live out their faith, make a difference, and shine the light of Christ in their world.

2 female students sitting at a table smiling at Youth Group Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
Student Ministry directors Dylan and Till LeFebvre teaching the Youth group
son and dad at youth group at Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland
students and a teacher laughing at youth group at Medulla Baptist Church Lakeland

Family Groups for Adults of All Ages: Building Authentic Relationships

At Medulla Baptist Church, we believe in the power of Family Groups to foster authentic relationships and spiritual growth. Family Groups (Sunday School) are the heartbeat of our church, where individuals from all walks of life come together, dedicated to cultivating a sense of community.  We offer Family Groups of Bible study for men, women, and co-eds of all ages.  Our Family Groups provide a welcoming space for individuals to connect, share life experiences, and grow in their faith. In our Family Groups, we explore the Bible, engage in meaningful discussions, pray for and encourage one another, and discover practical ways to apply God’s Word to our daily lives.  Whether you are a young professional, a parent, a single, or a retiree, you will find a place to belong in our diverse range of Family Groups.

Join Our Family Group Community

We invite you to join our Family Group community at Medulla Baptist Church. Whether you’re seeking spiritual growth, meaningful connections, or a place to serve others, our Family Groups provide the perfect setting for you to thrive. Come and experience the joy of building authentic relationships, deepening your faith, and sharing life with fellow believers. Together, we embrace the joy of community and journey toward spiritual transformation.

Senior Ministry: Honoring God in the Golden Years

Our Senior Ministry is designed for adults aged 65 and up. This vibrant community within our church exists to honor God through programs, ministry opportunities, and providing an atmosphere of fellowship, growth, and sharing for our senior adults. We believe that life should be celebrated at every stage, and the golden years are no exception.

Fellowship Luncheons: Food, Fun, and Friendship

One of the highlights of our Senior Ministry is the Fellowship Luncheon, held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 AM in the Event Center. This delightful gathering brings together older adults for a time of good food, enjoyable company, and meaningful fellowship. It includes a covered dish meal, a devotional, prayer, and special programs that inspire and entertain.

Biblical and Practical Teaching: Nourishing the Soul

At Medulla Baptist Church, we place great importance on providing biblical and practical teaching that enriches the soul and equips believers for the challenges of everyday life. Our dedicated pastors and teachers are passionate about presenting God’s Word in a way that is relevant, applicable, and transformative. Through inspiring sermons, engaging Bible studies, and thought-provoking classes, we strive to deepen our understanding of Scripture, foster spiritual growth, and inspire positive change.

Inspiring Sermons

Our pastor strives to deliver inspiring sermons that bring the timeless truths of the Bible to life. Each week, we gather together as a church family to hear messages that are rooted in Scripture and filled with practical wisdom. Our sermons provide a firm foundation for our faith and offer guidance on how to navigate the complexities of the modern world. We believe that the Word of God has the power to bring hope, healing, and transformation to our lives.

Engaging Bible Studies

In addition to our Sunday sermons, we offer a variety of engaging Bible study opportunities through our Family Groups. These studies provide a more intimate setting where individuals can dive deeper into God’s Word, ask questions, and engage in meaningful discussions. Led by knowledgeable and passionate teachers, our Bible studies offer a space for personal growth, spiritual exploration, and the development of authentic relationships with fellow believers.

Thought-Provoking Classes

We also offer thought-provoking classes called seasonal small groups during different seasons of the year.  During the Spring, Fall, and Winter, these small groups are offered at 8-week intervals.  Through a variety of classes, we address specific topics, deal with practical areas of life, provide opportunities for service, strive for spiritual growth, and encourage fellowship and camaraderie.

Empowering Transformation

Our ultimate goal is to empower individuals to live out their faith boldly and make a positive impact in their spheres of influence. We believe that true transformation happens when biblical truth is applied to our lives and when we actively seek to live according to God’s principles. Through our biblical and practical teaching, we strive to inspire and equip individuals to live lives that honor God, love others, and make a difference in the world.

Join Us for Meaningful Teaching

We invite you to join us at Medulla Baptist Church for our biblical and practical teaching ministry. Whether you are new to the Christian faith or have been walking with the Lord for many years, there is always more to learn and discover. Together, let’s journey deeper into the Word of God, grow in our understanding, and allow its timeless truths to shape and transform our lives.

Inspirational Worship: Drawing Near to God

At Medulla Baptist Church, we believe that worship is a powerful expression of our love for God and our desire to draw near to Him. In our worship services, we come together as a community to create a sacred space where we can encounter the presence of God, magnify His glory, and respond to His goodness. Through heartfelt worship, passionate music, and sincere prayers, we invite everyone to join us in a transformative worship experience.

Worship Pastor Jeff Myatt explains the music style at Medulla
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Uplifting Music

Our Music and Worship Ministry is dedicated to bringing glory to God through heartfelt and authentic worship. We believe that worship should be a reflection of our love for God and a response to His grace and faithfulness. Led by a our team of musicians, vocalists, and worship leaders, we strive to create an atmosphere that encourages everyone to engage in worship from the depths of their hearts. Through a blend of choral and ensemble groups, as well as instrumentalists, we offer a diverse range of musical styles that resonate with people of all backgrounds and preferences.

Engaging and Inspirational Worship Services

Our worship services are designed to inspire and uplift the soul. As we gather together, we create a space where God’s presence is palpable, and His love fills the atmosphere. Through heartfelt prayers, encouraging messages, and dynamic worship, we seek to create a sacred moment where everyone can encounter the transforming power of God. We believe that worship is not just a Sunday routine but a lifestyle of devotion and surrender to our loving Creator.

Blended Worship Experience

In our pursuit of genuine worship, we aim to create a blended worship experience. We recognize that worship preferences may vary among individuals, so we intentionally incorporate a variety of musical styles and songs that speak to the hearts of our diverse congregation. Whether it’s contemporary praise and worship, traditional hymns, or gospel melodies, our worship team seeks to create an environment where everyone can connect with God and express their devotion in a way that resonates with them.

Join Us in Worship

We invite you to join us at Medulla Baptist Church for our worship services. Whether you are new to the faith or have been walking with God for a long time, there is a place for you in our worship community. Come as you are, bring your praises, and experience the joy of drawing near to God as we worship together. Let our collective voices and hearts unite as we lift high the name of Jesus and declare His goodness.

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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.

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.

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.

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