Pastors & Staff
Phil has been the pastor of Lakeland since July 2006. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married since December of 1979. They have six children and nine grandchildren. You can often find Phil on campus at SIU engaging with students and faculty about the claims of Christ.
Phil thinks he is good at telling jokes, but many at Lakeland have a different view. You will have to make up your own mind when you come for a visit. Pastor Phil met Christ as his savior in September of 1975 on the campus of SIU. For the past forty years he has been actively engaged in sharing Christ both here in Carbondale and around the world.
Phil’s likes and hobbies are the following: sharing Christ with students, enjoying time with his wife, Melanie and their children and grandchildren, his church family and friends, coffee, hiking, kayaking, gardening and reading.
"If you are hungry to see how the Bible points you to Christ join us sometime soon."
Sean MorecraftWorship Leader
Sean has been serving at Lakeland since 2016 and has had experience leading congregations since he was 14 years old. He is the son of a pastor and has moved so many times that he’s lost count. Sean is married to a beautiful California lady, Khristina, and is excited about the journey that the two of them are on at Lakeland. He loves basketball, playing music (obviously), any activity outdoors, and dabbles in graphic design work. Sean’s passion is to connect others to Christ and help them meet with God in ways that speak to the heart.
Phone: (618) 553-7797
Carolyn McDanielOffice Manager
Carolyn handles all of our administrative functions in our office. She is the backbone of most of the things that we do here at Lakeland, meaning most things would fall apart without her. Although she grew up in Carbondale, many would consider her a true Mississippian. Carolyn has been here for around 6 years and has been a big part of Lakeland. She enjoys spending time with her pit bull, "Bulldog."
Phone: (618) 529-4906
Vicki has been our custodian for approximately 8 years and has been known to keep our campus spotless! She has two sons, one of which is a radio personality out of Cape Girardeau, DJ Lil' Will (Ian Willis). Vicki has been a great asset to Lakeland as the one who does the 'dirty work' and keeps everything looking nice.