5960 N. Okemos, East Lansing, MI 48823 11 a.m.


historyLake Lansing Baptist Church officially began on May 22, 1958. Fifty-two charter members signed the formal registry to launch a new Baptist church in the East Lansing area. Lyle Hoag was the first pastor. The new gathering of families held their meetings above the Haslett fire station on the corner of Haslett and Okemos Roads.  Fred and Dora Kaiser, charter members, generously donated the land for the new church. Many long and hard hours went into the construction. They would continue to meet at the fire station until they completed their new church on the corner of Lake Lansing and Okemos Roads.  In 1960,  the building was finished enough for its dedication and occupancy. It was also during this time that Lake Lansing Baptist Church became affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Association of Michigan.  The church was now ready for its next step.

Two years later, Pastor Hoag turned the ministry over to Reverend Roy Shelpman. During the next twelve years, the church experienced remarkable growth. The facilities were expanded to include the present sanctuary, offices and classrooms which connect both buildings.

In 1974 Reverend Carl Holwerda was installed as the church’s third pastor. His mediating presence helped guide the church during the troubled times of the seventies. Our AWANA program, still active in working with children, began during his ministry. His six years of service was God’s unique provision in the churches internal growth.

Dean Walter was called to pastor the church in 1980.  He served the church faithfully for twelve years.  Pastor Walter provided the personal touch to Lake Lansing Baptist Church.  He worked faithfully to  deepen  the quality  of  fellowship and  family life at the church. His ministry made a lasting impact upon our church.

In June of 1993 Reverend Robert Grimwood assumed the church pastorate. He continues to build upon the foundation and ministry patterns established by the previous four pastors.

Lake Lansing Baptist Church remains a conservative Baptist church holding strongly to the fundamentals of the faith. We are an independent church, not affiliated with any denomination or convention.  We advocate a strong local church, deeply concerned with the needs of Christian families.  We have a commitment to our members, both young and old.  It will remain a ministry focus to care for the needs of those God has brought into our membership and church family. We believe deeply in missions and support both foreign and domestic fields.

We covet your prayers for Lake Lansing Baptist Church and her people.  May God continue to bless this church to the degree that her people are a blessing to Him.  May He provide for us as we provide for those He has entrusted to our care.  May we never ask Him for new families and members until we have rightly learned to care for those we already have.