Pastors & Staff

Senior Pastor Phil Nelson

Phil Nelson

Senior Pastor

Give him a call: (618) 201-9204
Email Phil:  pastorphil@LakelandChurch,org

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."

Carolyn McDaniel Office Manager

Carolyn McDaniel

Office Manager

Phone: (618) 529-4906

Vicky Willis Maintenance

Vicki Willis


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Sean Morecraft

Worship Leader

Phone: (618) 553-7797