Pastor & Staff

Rev.  Dr.  Scott  T.  Arnold

Senior Pastor, Ministry Activist

Pastor Scott's goal is to lead and inspire so that the whole people of God discover their gifts and activate their faith into service for God's Kingdom in Jesus Christ. Ministry activism is being responsive and available to God's Spirit so as to inspire the church to serve God by serving in the community and world we are called to love.
     Pastor Scott has been ordained as an American Baptist ordained minister since February of 1984.  He began at FBCLA in January of 2020.  He and his wife Marilyn have served together since 1983.  They have 3 adult sons.  Scott grew up in Michigan, is a graduate of Urban Planning from Michigan State University, a graduate of Art from Delta College, a graduate of Urban Ministry from Northern Seminary in Chicago, and did his doctorate at Luther Rice Seminary in Discipleship.
     Scott is a visual artist, song writer, guitarist, videographer, and the writer of various books in applied Theology.   Scott also has a hobby in building model train and slot car tracks. He has been a cancer survivor for 19 years, having experienced the healing power of Jesus Christ personally and having gone through chemo therapy several times.   His book: "Soul Fruit: Bearing Blessings through Cancer" is a testimony of his faith journey and that of his family.   He has also written: "What Did Jesus Know? Matthew 24 & 25",  "Prelude: The Kingdom of God", "S.H.I.N.E. A Celebration of Spiritual Gifts",  and "Come Follow Jesus".  He is currently working on a book "Pure Discipleship" that explores the Sermon on the Mount of Jesus for today's world.
      Scott's most profound moment in life was when Jesus came to him while he was battling cancer, and as he was praying, the Lord surrounded him in light, touched him with life-giving healing and Scott's cancer went into full remission immediately.  Now, 22 years later,  Scott is serving and appreciating each day with assurance of eternal life and the constant presence of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of God giving guidance and wisdom. 

Lisa Thomas

Building and Property Manager

Building and Property Manager.  

Kyle B. Irwin

Organist/Keyboardist Music Ministry, Choir Master

Keyboardist, Organist, Choir master. 

James Johnson

Head Custodian 

Maintenance Master Engineer, Cleaning Specialist.