Pastor Hamilton

was raised in a missionaries’ home in Northeast Ohio. He accepted Christ as his Saviour at the age of six after a message by Dr. Roy Thompson. His mother lead him to Christ at their home that evening. Believing his goal was to follow in his father’s footsteps as a legal missionary helping Baptist churches, Pastor Hamilton graduated from Kent State University, then went to Cleveland State University to pursue a law degree. However, following his first year of law school, Pastor Hamilton surrendered to the will of God and the call of full time ministry.

Pastor and Jessica knew each other from a young age, became close friends during their teen years, and were married in 2001. Pastor previously served at two different churches in Northeast Ohio—for two years as Youth Pastor in Ashtabula, Ohio and then five years as Assistant Pastor in Akron, Ohio.

In 2013, he became the Pastor of Lakeland Baptist Temple. It is his desire to train Biblical servant leaders to impact the world for Christ. His practical, Gospel centered preaching and teaching equips our church to have a heart for God, grow in the faith, and reach the world.

Pastor and Miss Jessica have four children: Grace, Lucas, Justice, and Glory. They share a passion for the people of Northeast Ohio and are excited to see how God is going to use Lakeland Baptist. They are excited to meet you and your family.

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