Welcome to our staff page!


Mike Curry

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Pastor Mike accepted God's calling to lead Lake Athens Baptist Church in October 2012. Under his leadership the LABC has experienced growth and a renewed calling to be "the lighthouse to the community".

Pastor Mike is a native of Texas born in Jacksonville and raised in Lufkin. He is a graduate of Southwestern Theological Seminary, Louisiana Baptist University, and Southwest Bible College. He has served as the pastor of churches in Wells, Marshall, Lufkin, and Bryan over his 35 years of ministry.

Pastor Curry is the founding pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Lufkin and  Christ's Way Baptist Church in Bryan where he served over 12 years before coming to LABC.

Pastor Mike has been married to his beautiful bride Pam for 48 years. They have two daughters who are married and 4 grand children living here and two living in heaven. Pastor Mike loves to serve the people of LABC. Be sure to say hello to Pastor Mike and Pam after the services.

Music Minister

Zeb Lyons

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Zeb Lyons joined the staff of Lake Athens Baptist in August of 2018. 

Zeb was raised in a pastor's home and traveled extensively as a youth with his family singing and working in churches all across the United States.

He previously served churches in Tennessee and Oklahoma as both Pastor and Minister of Music before accepting the call to come to Lake Athens. 

Zeb's philosophy of Church Music is Bible centered, pointing the congregation each week to see how our 
worship in song should be centered around the Savior, for the Savior and for His Glory. 

He holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in 
Oklahoma City, OK. It was here that he studied the psychology of music as it pertains to use in the local church; and specifically how it can be used with church choirs. He is currently completing his last work on a Masters in Counseling also at Mid-America and looks forward to using his skills to help those in the church. 

Zeb is married to Amanda and they have three daughters: Dru, Moriah and Isabelle. 
Please be sure and say hello to Zeb and his family!

If you have any questions about the music ministry feel free to e-mail or call.

Student Pastor

Chris (C.A.) Middleton

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C.A. Middleton accepted God’s call to serve as youth pastor here at Lake Athens Baptist Church in January 2018.

He is a born and raised Texan and is currently finishing his degree from Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

C.A. is committed to teaching the truth of God’s Word and holds the Bible as our ultimate standard for truth. He loves teaching our youth about apologetics and shaping their worldview to be built on the foundation God’s word.

C.A. and his wife Sara have been married for 13 years and they have two boys, Ian and Beckett.

Please be sure to say hello to C.A. and his family.


If you have any questions about the student ministry feel free to e-mail or call.


Children's Director

Amber Ward

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Amber Ward has been a member of Lake Athens Baptist for several years and has volunteered in many areas. In October 2015 she accepted the position of Children's Director. God has blessed us with many children and with Amber's love and care for them we pray our church will meet your family's needs.

If you would like to volunteer in the Children's Ministry there is a place for you. We do several things throughout the year in the Children's Ministry including our VBS and a large Fall Festival.