The mission of
Joy of Discovery Ministries is to cultivate
in as many people as the Lord will allow
a passion for discovering what the original
biblical author meant by what he said.
believe and affirm that a New Testament
church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an
autonomous local congregation of baptized
believer/priests and biblically qualified
leaders, associated by covenant in the
faith and fellowship of the gospel,
functioning under the Lordship of Christ.
Therefore, Joy of Discovery Ministries
operates as a vehicle only in the context
of a local church. In that relation,
our philosophy is: “Whoever speaks,
let him speak, as it were, the utterances
of God; whoever serves, let him do so
as by the strength which God supplies;
so that in all things God my be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs
the glory and dominion forever and ever.
Amen” (1 Peter 4:11).
C. Lampley is Founder/Director of Joy
of Discovery Ministries & Geraldine
(Jeri) Lampley is the Executive Secretary.
Lewis C. Lampley was born on May 16,
1937 in Brundidge, Pike County Alabama.
Married (September 22, 1956) to former,
Geraldine Meadows. The Lampleys are
the parents of three sons, and six daughters.
The grandparents of seven grandsons,
six grand-daughters, and one great-grand
daughter. Lewis received the Lord Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior, March 9,
1962. He acknowledged the call to the
ministry in September 1963, was licensed
to preach the gospel on October 20,
1963, and was ordained to the gospel
ministry on December 13, 1964. He did
undergraduate course work at Florida
Seminary, Lakeland, Florida and the
Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois
1963-1966. In 1973, he earned the Bachelor
of Religious Education (B.RE) from Florida
Beacon College, Largo, Florida, and
a Masters of Art degree in Biblical
Studies (M.A), 1990 from Tampa Bay Theological
(a Dallas Seminary Extension). An Honorary
Doctor of Divinity degree was conferred
on him by his Alma Mater – Florida
was Pastor-Teacher of Southside Tabernacle
Baptist Church St. Petersburg, Florida
from January 11, 1966 to January 31,
1996. He and his wife Geraldine (Jeri)
were appointed as church planting missionaries
by the former SBC Home Missions Board,
January 1, 1996, and served as the Northwest
Florida Regional Director of African
American Ministries for the North American
Mission Board and the Florida Baptist
Convention, January, 1996-December 31,
his present role as Founder/Director
of Joy of Discovery Ministries, Lewis
conducts teaching conferences, seminars,
revival/renewal campaigns, workshops,
and directs the Joy of Discovery Study
Center in Brundidge, Alabama.
serves as the Executive Secretary of
JODM. Jeri was born on October 19, 1938,
in Brundidge, Pike County, Alabama.
Married Lewis C. Lampley, September
22, 1956. She is the mother of three
sons and six daughters. Grandchildren:
thirteen, seven grandsons, six granddaughters,
and one great-granddaughter. Jeri received
the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
in 1964. She studied at Alabama State
College and St. Petersburg Junior College.
She completed the Christian Education
Course in SBC Seminary Extension Program
(1980-1984) and was awarded a Diploma
in Christian Education. Jeri used her
training (1986-1996) as an Administrator
of Southside Christian Schools, a ministry
of Southside Tabernacle Baptist Church
of St. Petersburg, Florida.
was appointed along with her husband,
Lewis C. Lampley as a Home Missionary
by SBC Home Mission Board in January
1996, and served with him until his
retirement in December 2002. Jeri has
published three prolific articles: WOMAN
TO WOMAN – Marks of a Faithful
Woman. The African American Chronicle
1996, Human Life: Whose Choice Is It-God’s
or Our? The Florida Baptist Witness,
January 2000 and Acquiescence Or Advantage?,
On being a minister’s wife, published
in The Perspective, a publication of
the Women’s Missions and Ministries
Division of the Florida Baptist Convention.
addition to serving as Executive Secretary
of JODM, Jeri will be a contributor
to the Joy of Discovery Ministries’
TO WOMAN section.