Rev. Lyle LaFountain
Lyle LaFountain was affirmed by the congregation to serve as Senior Pastor at FBC Oak Island in October of 2022. He grew up in the Tampa, Florida area before moving to attend college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science. Lyle has over 14 years of ministry experience serving students, families, and adults. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry, a Master of Theology in Preaching, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Historical Theology. In addition, he has been on mission trips around the globe, leading teams to the Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, and Canada.
Lyle is happily married to his wife Leah and they have three beautiful daughters Lyla, Hadley, and Brielle. When not serving the church he enjoys traveling, the outdoors, camping, sports, and spending time with his amazing wife and family.
Michelle Cheeks has served in ministry for 30 years, 15 of those at First Baptist Church of Oak Island. Having previous experience as a Children’s Protective Services Worker, Child Development Specialist, NC State Probation & Parole Officer and Mental Health Agency Director, Michelle served the families of Oak Island & Southport for 5 ½ years as Children’s Minister at FBCOI, while also serving in her capacity of Church Administrative Assistant.
Michelle is manager and co-founder (alongside her daughter- Christian Music Evangelist, Megan East Painter) of East2West Ministries. Serving for the past 6 years as Chaplain for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has been an additionally rewarding experience for Michelle’s current season of ministry to a broken and hurting world.
Michelle’s favorite scripture is the promise…” Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” Psalm 126:5
Beth joined church staff as Children's Minister in October 2016. She is wife to Pete and mother to four beautiful daughters- Katie Del, Abbie, Chloe, and Ellie. She was born in Gastonia, NC, but moved to Oak Island as quickly as the Lord allowed in July 2014.
In 1999 Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from UNC Greensboro. While at UNC-G, she focused on Children's Theatre, touring with the NC Theatre for Young People.
Beth committed her life to the Lord at age 5 and has felt a calling to share the love of Jesus with others, especially children, from a young age. She volunteered in Children's Ministries following graduation from UNC-G, directing VBS, Children's Ministry Programs, and Children's dramas in her church.
In her leisure time, Beth bakes, volunteers in the PTA at Southport Elementary School, and loves to read, spend time with her family (especially on the beach), and run.