Jesse Payne

Discipleship Pastor

Jesse was born in Clearwater, Florida and grew up in Carrollton, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas-Arlington (B.A. in English) in 2011, where he also played Division 1 baseball. He then graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014 with a Master of Divinity (concentration in Systematic Theology). He completed his PhD in Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2019. Jesse has served at Lakeland since 2012. He leads the discipleship and spiritual formation ministries of the church. He married his wonderful wife Marissa in 2014, and they enjoy spending time with family and laughing a lot. Jesse and Marissa have two daughters, Macy and Violet. Jesse’s hope for Lakeland is that Christ would be supreme in every heart and that we would be used by God to take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.