Dave and his wife Emiley, together with a small group of believers, established Lakewood in the Fall of 2009. As lead pastor, Dave focuses on expository preaching.
A third-generation pastor, Dave was born into a ministry-oriented family in Oak Ridge, Tennessee where his parents established a local church. He graduated from university with a bachelor's degree in humanities (applied science), went on to earn a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, and has recently finished his Master of Divinity. Dave’s pastimes include reading, golf, watching football, road trips, and drinking Stone Creek coffee. Among his favorite books are Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer, Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges, and anything by Charles Spurgeon. His favorite doctrine is the believer’s union with Christ, because without it, we would have no hope for godly living.
Dave and Emiley met at college in 2005, were engaged on a boating adventure in Lake Geneva in 2007, and were married later the same year. They live in the town of Ottawa with their two labs, Jack and Charlie.
Pastor for Youth & Discipleship
Isaiah and his wife Elizabeth have a passion for interpersonal ministry, especially with teenagers. After serving as volunteer youth leaders for one year, Lakewood called Isaiah to serve as associate pastor for youth and discipleship. After any service, if you want to find Isaiah and Elizabeth, look for the large circle of young people!
The youngest of five children, Isaiah was born and raised in Epsom, New Hampshire. He went to Bible college and graduate school, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biblical studies. While there, he met Elizabeth.
Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in women’s ministry. She grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is known at Lakewood for her southern accent and kind, hospitable spirit.
In their marriage, the passage of Scripture that has meant the most to them is Psalm 73:25-26: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Isaiah and Elizabeth are serious sports fans and enjoy outdoor activities, especially kayaking and boating. As for the inside scoop on his favorite sweet tooth craving, Isaiah himself will tell you — Culver’s custard! Pastor Isaiah and Elizabeth presently reside in Wales.
Pastor for Counseling, Care & Children's Ministry
Dennis was raised in a religious home where church attendance was a habit. As a young man he tried the pleasures and ways of the world in his search for happiness, fulfillment, and purpose for life. As a college junior, Dennis first heard the Gospel from God's Word - that Jesus Christ took his place on the cross of Calvary, that He was buried and that He arose from the grave for his justification. Realizing his lost and helpless condition, Dennis repented of his sin and turned to the Lord Jesus Christ in simple faith, receiving Him as his own personal Savior. He was saved on the evening of November 13, 1975 in the McDonald’s restaurant near Mitchell Airport. Having been born again by the work of the Spirit of God, Dennis then publicly demonstrated faith in Christ through obedience to the ordinance of baptism, being immersed at the First Baptist Church in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on December 14, 1975. His pastor and church family took him under wing and discipled him (along with Bible teachers on Christian radio). Stepping on to the campus of a Christian university the next fall as a relatively new convert, Dennis’ time in college was one of discipleship and much growth in the faith.
In the providence of God it was a flu bug that brought Dennis and Christine together. Sick in the university infirmary, Dennis’ eye noticed the beautiful nurse who was compassionately ministering to the patients. Chris was a registered nurse completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the same Christian university. They were married a year later and have been on their honeymoon for the last 36 loving heart as her greatest character strengths.
The Lord has blessed the Komis’s with four children who each know and love Christ and are faithfully serving Him in their Bible-preaching churches. Their firstborn is a police sergeant in Charlotte, NC, where Caleb and Crystal, along with Carissa, Cassidy, and Cora, also 1⁄2 years. Dennis believes his beloved companion is the finest Christian he’s ever known, and emphasizes her faithfulness and lead a housing ministry for single moms in the inner-city. Hannah and David Muse have served faithfully at Lakewood since the beginning and are raising up Justice and Shiloh. The Komis’s other daughter, Grace, is an E.R. nurse in Tampa, FL and is engaged to be married in January to a fine Christian man, Joel Porch. Their desire is to use their medical skills to serve God on the Mercy Ship. Their youngest, Joshua, recently completed his Master of Divinity degree and is serving as an assistant pastor in the Richmond, VA area. Josh and Lacey recently had their first child, Titus.
Shortly after his conversion Dennis believed God was leading him into full-time service for Christ. He surrendered his life to the ministry of preaching the Gospel. He transferred to Bob Jones University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Bible with a minor in social studies. After marrying Chris, Dennis spent the next four years in Minneapolis, attending Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and also completed some work towards a Master of Theology degree. He later earned a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree from The Master’s Seminary. While in seminary, Dennis served as a youth pastor in a small country church, which licensed him to preach. On June 9, 1984 he was ordained to the ministry by Grace Baptist Church of Kenosha. After 20+ years of pastoral ministry, the last 12 1⁄2 as senior pastor of East Park Baptist Church of Decatur, IL, Dennis joined the Bible faculty of Maranatha Baptist University and Seminary, where he served for 9 years. Dennis has served three different churches as interim pastor, filled the pulpits of many churches in WI and IL, worked as a prison and a hospital chaplain, and provided hundreds of hours of biblical counseling.
Dennis and Chris have attended Lakewood since the second Wednesday night Bible study at the Holiday Inn, joining as members on charter Sunday. They have served our church in teaching children, youth, and adults, in caring for children in nursery, singing in choir, in hospitality and benevolence ministry, and as deacon/deacon’s wife.
Dennis’ prayer for Lakewood is that of our Lord’s, “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one” (John 17:21-22). Through God’s amazing grace in Christ sinners can be one with their God and one with each other in Christ. May the Spirit use His Word to bring more to Christ and into His Church for worship, fellowship, discipleship, and service.
Lay-Pastor for Administration and Mentoring
Mitch was raised in a religious tradition that teaches heaven is extended to those who have some level of faith in Christ, participate in the sacraments, and lead a reasonably moral life. In high school his friends invited him to a para-church organization where they proposed that a personal relationship with God was achievable through faith in Christ alone. Most of these friends seemed to have an active relationship with God and it was clear to Mitch there was something different and appealing in their relationship with God when compared to his. He came to understand that the thing that prevented him from having that relationship was his sin. He also knew he wanted to have that vital relationship with God, so at the urging of others, he did ask Christ to forgive him of his sins and to help him repent to be more like Christ. He struggled with his personal assurance of salvation for a period of time because it seemed that others who were saved had dramatic changes in their life (rejection of alcoholism, drugs, sex...), whereas changes in his life were more subtle. Over time he came to understand that he was indeed a new creation in Christ, the old had passed away, new things had come.
He was blessed with a number of supportive friends and youth leaders that helped him grow and plant strong roots in God’s Word, fellowship, prayer, discipleship, and evangelism. After high school, he was introduced to spiritual devotional activities such as scripture memory, Scripture meditation, Bible study, and extended periods of prayer that proved to be invaluable in his relationship with Christ and His church.
While in college, his best friend’s girlfriend had a roommate, who was known for her steady walk with the Lord. She was beautiful, smart, athletic, compassionate, and (inexplicably) possibly interested in Mitch. Through a variety of providential events, he finally asked her to accompany him to a church function which marked their first “date” and blossomed into 32 years of marriage. Lori loves serving other ladies in the church via her gift of hospitality, Bible study, and prayer.
As a result of their marriage, they have three daughters: Denai (28), Spencer (25), and McKenna (19). All three are saved, baptized, and growing in their relationship with the Lord. Denai lives with her husband, Kyle Lovrien, and Mitch & Lori’s first grandson, Caleb, in Oakland, California. Spencer lives with her husband Mitchell Holley in Louisville, Kentucky. McKenna married to Joel York in May 2016.
Mitch has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse. He also has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix - Tucson. He has recently enrolled in his first course towards a degree in Biblical studies. Throughout his career, he has worked in the financial credit, aerospace, and utility industries. He currently works for Border States Electric – one of the top ten largest electrical product distributors in the country. He manages the relationship with several of their largest utility customers. His job allows him to develop new services for those customers and to ensure the service they’ve been promised gets delivered.
Through God’s providence, around the time Lakewood was formed, Mitch & Lori were looking to find a church where they could co-labor and “...contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). They met a Lakewood family who had just moved into their neighborhood and they eagerly told them about their church. Mitch and Lori started to attend and knew that Lakewood was a place where the people loved God’s Word and each other. Over the years they have been active in Children’s church, youth ministries, and Watch-Care. Mitch has been involved with men’s ministry, an occasional ABF teacher, and served as the deacon for finance. Lori has labored with the women’s ministry, as a nursery worker, and frequently makes meals for those who are sick or for families with new babies.
Mitch’s prayer for Lakewood is that it would continue and increasingly be a place in the community where the glory of God through Christ is placarded; a place where the Word of God is defended and His people are bonded together in covenant with each other; and a place where the love that will be in heaven is displayed, even in a small way, here on earth.