Liberty's History

In 1969 Dr. & Mrs. J. L. Lowe arrived in St. Petersburg with the vision of starting a "Loving, Caring, Soul-winning, Bible Believing Church."


In Febuary 1970 that vision began with Dr. & Mrs. Lowe and 19 people at Northeast High School. In the fall of that same year the Church purchased part of our present property and constructed our first building.



Liberty Staff Directory


Dr. J.L. Lowe and Mrs. Shirley Lowe, Founding Pastor and Wife

Dr. J.L. Lowe, our senior Pastor, began his Pastoral Ministry in Athens, Georgia where he founded the Temple Baptist Church with 16 people. He then established and helped to build three other Churches before he and Mrs. Lowe came to St. Petersburg in 1970 and founded Liberty Baptist Church and in 1979, Liberty Christian School.


Mrs. Shirley Lowe is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. She is also a graduate of Tomlinson School of Nursing. Shirley serves as Team Leader of early child development and nursery for infants and young children, and as coordinator for Women's Ministries.


Contact Pastor Lowe at 727-576-1317




Dr. Ralph Wilson, Executive Pastor

Pastor Wilson came on staff February 1993 after serving 21 years in the U. S. Coast Guard. Ordination took place in July 1994 here at Liberty Baptist Church. Pastor Wilson received a Doctorate of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary in May 2001. He is the C. F. O. for the Church and Christian School. He also facilitates the 30 plus ministry teams here at Liberty.



Contact Pastor Wilson at 727-576-1317




Robert Megill, Music & Worship Minister

Pastor Megill is the Music & Worship Minister for all our Adult and children’s choirs. Robert came from Taylor Memorial Baptist Church in Avon NJ where he served in the music ministry there for 7 years. From 2000 -2005 he taught music for the preschool and elementary children here at Liberty Christian School. From 2000 – 2007 he was the “Liberty’s Little Lambs” (Children’s Ministry) Pastor. Pastor Megill received an Associates degree in Biblical Studies from Andersonville Baptist Collage in 2001 and a Bachelors degree of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2004. His Ordination by Liberty Baptist Church took place in 2005. Along with using his musical talents for the Lord, since 2006 he also has been the “Wisdom Warrior’s” Pastor for all of Liberty’s seniors who are 50 years and wiser; planning bi-monthly activities and fellowships. Psalm 34:3 “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”


Contact Pastor Bob at 727-576-1317 or email.




Ron Hullett, Youth Pastor

Ron is the teacher and Director of our Varsity (senior high) ministry and oversees Junior Varisty (junior high) ministry. Ron graduated in 1984 from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo. He served 8 years as Youth Pastor of Arlington Baptist Temple in Arlington, Tx. Served 12 years as Youth pastor of High Street Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo.


As a part of his duties Ron leads the Breaking Point team, a martial arts demonstration team that uses poignant drama, compelling martial arts displays and dynamic personal testimonies to reach out to youth everywhere they go.

Contact Pastor Ron at 727-576-1317 or email.




Cathy Mills, Director of Children’s ministry

I am rejoicing in the Lord for the opportunity to be a member of Liberty Baptist for over 40 years. My husband and I were married in this church and raised our three children and are now seeing our grandchild come to know and love the Lord through various ministries of Liberty. After having taught preschool and kindergarten for many years the Lord opened the door to become the Director of Children’s ministry.


Contact Cathy at 727-576-1317




Ralph Wilson Jr., College and Young Adult Pastor

Graduated from Word of life Bible Institute in 1998. Has a Bachelors in Education, and a Master’s in Christian Ed. from Andersonville Theological Seminary. College and Young Adult pastor and ministries assistant.




Contact Pastor Jr. at 727-576-1317

Opportunities To Serve

At Liberty Baptist Church we are looking for each member to be a shareholder not a spectator. By that we intend for each member to be involved in one the various ministries of Libery Baptish Church. Not only does this allow us to see our ministry grow, it gives our members the opportunity to participate and enjoy the blessings of the Lord. We can provide any training necessary for any particular ministry that we participate in. Below are some of the ministries that we participate in at Libery. If you would like more information about any of these or would like to get information to participate and any particular ministry please contact us here.

  • Berean Bible Study Class
  • Care / Concern Ministry
  • Crossroads Young Adult Class
  • Discipleship
  • Homebuilders
  • Ladies of Liberty
  • Liberty Christian School
  • Marketplace Ministry
  • Music
  • Nursery
  • Nursing Home
  • Wisdom Warriors
  • Crown Financial
  • World Missions
  • Children's Ministries
  • (Youth) Junior Varsity
  • (Youth) Varsity


We Believe...

  • 1. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God; the complete final revelation of the will of God to man, the basis of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tested.

  • 2 . We believe in one living and true God, Creator, and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality .

  • 3 . We believe that Jesus was manifest in human flesh, the God-man, having been conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary, He lived a sinless life, teaching and performing miracles; that He was the Messiah promised by Old Testament prophets; and He voluntarily died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins. Further, He arose bodily from the grave, later ascending to the right hand of the Father to become our High Priest and Advocate.

  • 4. We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to convince and regenerate the sinner; also to indwell, guide, instruct, seal, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

  • 5. We believe that humans were created in the image of God but fell into sin; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners and under condemnation.

  • 6. We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for those who believe; and such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit and become children of God.

  • 7. We believe a true believer in Jesus Christ is the recipient of etemal life, that his salvation cannot be forfeited, but that sin may interrupt the joy of his fellowship with God and necessitate the loving discipline of His Heavenly Father.

  • 8. We believe that the church is a congregation of baptized believers, the purpose of which is found in the Great Commission: First, to make disciples; Second to baptize them, and Third, to teach and instruct them as Jesus commanded.

  • 9. We believe Baptism, the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as a means of grace (necessary for salvation.)

  • 10. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that every local church has the right, under its Head, to decide and govern its own affairs.

  • 11. We believe in the personal, premillenial, and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal conduct and service of the believer.

  • 12. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment.