lead pastor

Tim and Sherry Campbell came to Grace Church of Lakeland in November 2014 from the St. Louis area. Tim led a church-plant in the Chicago suburbs and has served in other pastoral and administrative leadership capacities over the past 35 years.

Tim attended Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY and Columbia International University in Columbia , SC.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministries and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

Tim also serves as a volunteer chaplain with the Polk County Sheriff's Department.

Sherry has over 30 years of varied music ministry experience. She teaches elementary music for a local Christian school.

They both understand the challenges that life can bring to marriages and families. They have 5 grown children ranging from 18 to 25 and eight grandchildren. They also have a very spoiled dog - Roxy.

Miscellaneous @ Tim:

Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX but, I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA.

Favorite Verse: And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (ESV)

Bible Translation Preferences: I teach from the English Standard Version. The ESV has become a standard and reliable version that many respected evangelical ministries have adopted. 

Places I Have Lived: Corpus Christi, TX / Virginia Beach, VA / Columbia, SC / Surprise, AZ / Peru, IL / Geneva, IL / Bethalto, IL / Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela

Favorite Quote: “...by sudden conversion, God subdued me and made my heart teachable.” - John Calvin

Influential Books: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink, Knowing God by J.I. Packer, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, Redemption: Accomplished & Applied by John Murray, Autobiography of John Paton by John PatonThe Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray, and Just As I Am: Autobiography of Billy Graham by Billy Graham.

Theological Influences: John Calvin, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, R.C. Sproul, James Montgomery Boice, John MacArthur, Wayne Grudem, Sam Storms, John Piper, John Wimber, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, George Eldon Ladd, A.W. Tozer, Arthur Pink, and Billy Graham.

Favorite Movies I Have Watched Too Many Times: What About Bob?, Cool Hand Luke, That Thing You Do, The Godfather I & II, and High Noon.

Favorite TV Shows: Seinfeld, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Twilight Zone, ChicagoPD, PBS Frontline, ESPN 30 for 30, Endeavor, etc.

Favorite Music: Hymns, Contemporary Worship, Mozart, '70's stuff, and a little Johnny and Merle tossed in for fun!