About The Pastor

Hello, my name is LaMar Herndon, and I am an ordained SBC Minister who has pastored smaller churches (less than 200 in worship) in several states. I hold a Doctor of Strategic Leadership degree, with a concentration in Strategic Leadership, from Regent University, School of Business & Leadership. On the professional side, my doctoral program emphasized developing organizational leadership and consulting with faith-based and marketplace organizations using strategic analysis, planning, and future tools from a Christian leadership dynamic. I encourage you to take a couple of minutes here to watch the following YouTube video on Regent University and our Strategic Leadership program.

Proof of legitimate graduation from Regent University. 

Doctor of Strategic Leadership Colleagues at Regent University

Hugh LaMar Herndon and fellow Doctor of Strategic Leadership Colleague Phyllis Rodges at Regent University May 2014 Graduation.

Regent University Commissioning Service

Regent University Commissioning Service with Dr. Gomez prepares to anoint me with oil with Dr. Patterson, who just placed my stole on my gown looking on. A very meaningful service.

I also hold a Master of Arts in Leadership degree from Mid-America Christian University (MACU) and have completed additional graduate work at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Winebrenner Theological Seminary. In March 2014 I was awarded my Consultant Training Level 1 certificate from the Society for Church Consulting, as I am working towards a Level 5 consulting certification in the Strategic Planning Consulting track with Dr. Aubrey Malphurs. In October 2020, I assumed the pastorate at Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church in Brooksville, Fl.

Sharing the moment with my BFF June

I have been happily married to my BFF and wife June M. Herndon for 44 years and we live in Spring Hill, FL.  We are the proud parents of two sons. Our oldest son Hugh is an English Honors teacher at a Pasco County, FL High School and lives with his wife Natalie and five of their six children in Zephyrhills, FL. Our youngest son Jason who was Vice-President of Engineering/Products for RAIN and tragically passed in 2020 lived with his wife and four children in the greater Salt Lake City, UT area. His wife Joanna and their four children live in Herriman, UT.

June and I have enjoyed distance running in years past here in Florida, mainly 5-15K races around the central Florida area, and I have finished one marathon and one-half marathon. We enjoy watching college and professional football and going to the mountains and the beach. Some of our favorite shows to watch are NCIS, The FBI, American Pickers, Shark Tank, The Big Bang Theory, Fixer Upper, Barnwood Builders, and other shows of differing variety. We also enjoy antiquing, staying at B&B’s, and traveling back roads, and eating at the occasional hole-in-the-wall restaurant.