Todd is the Senior Pastor of Lakeside Baptist Church, Lakeland, FL. Before coming to LBC, he served as the Lead Pastor at South Harriman Baptist Church in Harriman, Tennessee. He also served as Associate Pastor for Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He was the featured speaker for Tuesday Prime, a mid-week singles gathering in the Jackson Metro area. Also, Todd served as the Single Adult Pastor for the late Dr. Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Todd’s passion is all about communicating God’s Word to this generation. God has gifted him to be able to communicate cross generationally to teens and senior adults alike and everywhere in between. Whether he is speaking on marriage, or on the gift of singleness, Todd communicates the timeless message of hope, and the transforming love of Christ to all audiences.
He is a veteran speaker at conferences, retreats, churches, as well as conducting training seminars for local churches that are looking to start or re-infuse a singles’ ministry.
Todd is a graduate of Liberty University and holds a master’s degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Todd and his wife, Mary, live in Lakeland, Florida, with their three children: Madison, Chandler, and Ethan.
Melissa Tremel is a christian singer and songwriter.
She is happily married to her husband, Jad, of 16 years and the mother of 3 amazing daughters.
Melissa has been passionate about singing for the Lord ever since she was a little girl! At an early age, she started singing in churches and gospel concerts. She has also traveled the country to be a part of different women’s events. In 2012, Melissa finished her first CD called “Further Your Kingdom” which is a collaboration with Ryan & Susan Chesser.
As a worship leader, Melissa is humbled to have the opportunity to lead others to the foot of the cross! This is the place God is able to do a work in all of our hearts. She is excited about the work that God is doing at Lakeside Baptist Church and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful church family!
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor
Jan was raised in a Christian home and at age 7 she gave her heart and life to Christ. Her love and passion for Christ has carried over in serving Him in many capacities in the local church. Currently, Jan serves as a substitute teacher for her ladies LifeGroup and leads a bi-monthly ladies accountability group, who together are journeying through the Bible in its entirety.
Jan and her husband Jim came to Lakeside as “visitors", but it did not take long for her to move from volunteering time to becoming the Administrative Assistant to our Senior Pastor, Todd Dorsey. Jan brings a variety of skill sets to Lakeside. Most of these skill sets come in the way of business experience, specifically, administration and finance. Jan ran an international auto parts business that sent auto parts world wide. She became well versed in international business protocol. Jan and her husband Jim were entrepreneurs having owned two businesses. Jan claims they were sweet businesses and that they were always rolling in dough . . . they owned an ice cream shop and a donut shop!
Jan and Jim have two adult children and 6 grandchildren. She collects English teapots and teacups, makes quilts and loves to read!
Mary was born in Romania, where much of her early life was spent under the oppression of communism. Along with her family, Mary understands the value of religious freedom having grown up under the tyranny of a government that outlawed God. At the age of 23 she moved to the United States. While furthering her education at Liberty University she met Todd. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business and her Master’s degree in Business Administration. Before coming to Lakeside, Mary worked at Liberty University in the Financial Aid Department. She has developed many skill-sets over the years including finance, human resource and administrative business affairs, both at the university level as well as within the church. Mary serves as Lakeside's Business Manager. She and Pastor Todd married in 1997 and they have three fun loving children, Madi, Chandler and Ethan. Mary enjoys spending time with her family, investing in each of them and raising her children.
Interim Youth Director
Brandon is the Intern Youth Director at Lakeside Baptist church. Brandon was raised in Lakeland, Florida and has attended Lakeside since 2008. Brandon is currently a student at Liberty University where he is working to complete his undergraduate degree in Church Ministries with a concentration in Youth Ministry. Brandon has a deep passion for youth ministry with a strong emphasis on seeing students grow in their walk with Christ. It is his desire to clearly present the gospel and bring challenging messages that draw students to review where they are in relationship to Christ. Brandon envelops his passion for connecting students with Christ in an environment that can only be described as a “blast”! Games, events camps, worship are all part of the Ignite Student Ministry experience. This is a ministry where you can connect, have fun and grow! Come by and check us out!