Chris Hodges, Lakeland's senior pastor and founder of Abiding Above Ministries, joined First Baptist in January 2012. Having served with Dr. Adrian Rogers at Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, Pastor Chris has ministered to the many needs of this local body of believers for several years.
Pastor Chris continues to encourage and exhort people of all ages to discover their true life and purpose in Christ. He is passionate about one-to-one discipleship and the spiritual growth of the individual believer.
He and his wife Kellie, have one daughter, Maclaren.