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Pastor 's Bio

Who Are These People?

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 leadership capacities. Tim brings over 35 years of ministry experience in both pastoral and Christian organizational leadership.

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

Tim is a volunteer chaplain with the Polk County Sheriff's Department and a adjunct undergraduate professor of Biblical Studies & Christian Leadership at Regent University.

Sherry Campbell 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 six grandchildren.

They also have two dogs, Mickey and Roxy.

Miscellaneous Stuff @ Pastor Tim:

  • Born/Hometown: February 1, 1962 in Corpus Christi, TX. I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and still think of that as home.
  • Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  • Bible Translation Preferences: I teach from the English Standard Version. The ESV is becoming a standard, cross denominational version that ministries have adopted. I still am partial to the New American Standard and use it with the ESV in preaching. I also love the New Living Translation, especially when reading the Old Testament.
  • 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: “It seems easier to go to a consistent extreme than to stay at the center of Biblical tension.” Robertson McQuilkin, Chancellor, Columbia International University.
  • Most Famous Person I've Met: Martin Sheen: He came to the church I attended in Virginia Beach, VA when I was a teenager. He was working on a movie in Norfolk and one of our church members was working on the movie set. I was 16 years old and my friend and I asked him to lunch (not sure if I even had money!). He graciously declined, but kept coming back to the church for a few weeks. Even on Wednesday nights, Sheen would go over to the gym and eat cookies at the fellowship time! He would become a big star the following year with the movie, "Apocalypse Now". Really nice guy, personal and humble. Crazy, huh?
  • Influential Books: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer, My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur, Preaching & Preachers by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Spirit Empowered Church by Terry Virgo, Redemption: Accomplished and Applied by John Murray, Surprised by the Spirit by Jack Deere, and Convergence by Sam Storms..
  • Favorite Movies: What About Bob?, Godfather I & II, Cool Hand Luke, The Wonders, Shawshank Redempton, and High Noon.
  • Favorite TV Shows: Seinfeld, Twilight Zone, The Middle, and Downton Abbey.
  • Favorite Music: Classic Christian Hymns, '70's Classic Rock, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, etc.
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