Pastor Jerry Lancaster:


Pastor Lancaster and Joy have been at Starkey since 1974.  Pastor came to Florida at that time to work alongside his father-in-law, Dr. Eric Folsom, as his Youth Pastor.  The church was located in Gulfport before moving to Starkey Road in 1983.  It was then that Pastor Lancaster became the Senior Pastor of SRBC.

Pastor Lancaster graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Administration, and received his Master of Divinity degree from Cincinnati Baptist Seminary in 1974.

The Lancaster’s have three daughters (and sons-in-law): Keri Barclay (John) who live in Bethany, Mo. with their four children, Julie, Riker, Katie and Gage; Kristen Maddux (Andrew) who live in St. Petersburg with their daughter, SaraRose; and Erika Hartzell (John), who live in Boca Raton, Florida, and have two sons, Tucker and Carson, and a daughter, Kinley.

Six building programs have been completed under Pastor Lancaster’s ministry at Starkey.  The church has grown from a group of 60 to more than 1200 members under his ministry. Pastor Lancaster is frequently heard on the “Building Blocks for the Family” program on BBN radio (Bible Broadcasting Network).   He served on the General Council of Baptist Mid-Missions for 37 years and is currently an Emeritus Council Member.  Previously he served on the Board of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.

Pastor is a “bearcat” through and through, loyal to his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati; an aficionado of Cincinnati chili; and a NASCAR enthusiast, complete with the Richard Petty Rookie Experience at the Disney track, and the Daytona International Speedway. [EMAIL Pastor Lancaster