staff

We are blessed to have a fantastic team of dedicated servants who staff various positions to enable our church to fulfill its mission to make disciples. Each one of those listed below stand ready to serve both our congregation and our community in the name of Christ.


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  • Jen acker, ministry assistant, discipleship

    Jen joined our staff in August 2013 and is the wife of our Associate Pastor, Allen Acker. Prior to beginning her time at the church, Jen was a Special Education Resource Teacher in the St. Mary's County school system for nine years. Allen and Jen have one daughter, Megan.  


    Jen's favorite Bible passage is Psalm 121 which begins with "I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."

  • Kamilla HArris, Director of worship arts

    Kamilla joined our staff in December 2014. She was born and raised in Sweden, but came to the US in 1997 to be a nanny and that's when she met her husband Jim. Together they have three children: Isaiah, Emma, and Grace. At home she enjoys photography, baking, and spending time with her family. Her dream and passion is when people are worshiping the Lord from their hearts with the help of the songs that we sing. 


    One of Kamilla's favorite verses is John 4:23: "Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks."

  • Bert higgs, Facility Engineer

    Bert has been working at LBC since 2006. He is a native of Maryland and is married to his wife Kathy. Together they have 4 children. Bert maintains the facilities and is a valuable resource in keeping things clean and functioning. Some of his hobbies include camping and fishing.  


    One of Bert's favorite verses is Ephesians 1:4: "For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight, in love..."

  • Kathy Higgs, Facility Assistant

    Kathy joined the LBC staff in 2008 and assists her husband Bert in maintaining the church facilities. Kathy was born in South Carolina, but has spent most of her life here in St. Mary's County. Bert and Kathy have four children: Karin, Jesse, Spencer, and Dalton. Some of the hobbies Kathy enjoys include camping, boating, and gardening.


    Kathy's favorite verse is John 14:6 where Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

  • Gayle Kokolios, Ministry Assistant

    Gayle joined our staff in March 2017. She has been attending LBC since the fall of 2008. She was born and raised in Hampton, VA. She is married to Alex and they have three children: Evelyn, Luke, and Nik. Gayle enjoys teaching Bible study, spending time with her family, hiking, biking, and being a soccer mom.


    Gayle's favorite verse is Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

  • dianne shellhammer, financial secretary

    Dianne started working with LBC in 2011. She was raised in upstate New York. Dianne is married to Steve, and they have two children, Alex and Victoria. She attended Baptist Bible College, had a career in banking, and was the volunteer Treasurer for the Empire State Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches. She enjoys baking and craft painting.


    A favorite verse of Dianne's is Ephesians 3:20: "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us..."