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Joy of Discovery Ministries


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.

We 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).

Lewis 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 Beacon College.

Lewis 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, 2002.

In 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.

Jeri 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.

Jeri 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.

In addition to serving as Executive Secretary of JODM, Jeri will be a contributor to the Joy of Discovery Ministries’ WOMAN TO WOMAN section.