Engleside Baptist Church

Engleside Baptist Church and Christian School
8428 Highland Lane, Alexandria, VA 22309
Tel: (703) 780 - 5410


Pastor Brad Lapiska

Pastor Brad Lapiska and PegPastor Brad Lapiska serves as the Senior Pastor of Engleside Baptist Church. He was saved as a teenager, but committed his life to living for Christ shortly after he joined the Marine Corps, while at flight school. Pastor Lapiska served on active duty and reserve duty as a Cobra pilot, retiring in 2006 after 29 years of service as a Colonel. After answering God's call to preach in 1988, he served for nine years as Youth Pastor of Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina and as Youth Pastor of Tri-City Baptist Church in Blue Springs, Missouri. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Bob Jones University, and a Master of Divinity from Heart of America Theological Seminary. Pastor Lapiska came to Engleside Baptist Church on August 1, 1997. His heartbeat is to preach and teach the Word of God for the purpose of producing a change in the believer's life and to train believers in finding their place of service in the church's ministry to others. His hobbies include exercising, golfing, and reading. He and his wife Peg were married in 1977 and have two married daughters, Julie and Christina.

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Keith Paddock – Engleside Administrator

Keith Paddock, School Administrator and familyKeith Paddock serves the ministry in an administrative capacity with primary responsibilities for Engleside Christian School. He grew up in a pastor’s home and was saved as a child under his father’s counsel. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bob Jones University, he married his wife Paula and accepted a teaching position at Calvary Baptist Academy in Normal, Illinois in 1985. Seven years later he joined the teaching team at Engleside Christian School and eventually assumed the school’s administrative responsibilities in 1998. Since that time he has completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from BJU and secured a professional administrator certification through the American Association of Christian Schools. God has blessed Keith and Paula with three daughters.



Ben Smith - Associate Pastor

Pastor Ben Smith and familyBen Smith serves as associate pastor of Engleside Baptist Church. He grew up in Michigan where he was raised in a pastor’s home. He accepted the Lord at an early age, but later struggled with the validity of his decision. After years of questioning, he settled the issue at Camp Co-Be-Ac during the summer before his senior year of high school. Following high school Ben went off to the north woods of Wisconsin to be discipled in the way of servant-leadership at Northland Baptist Bible College. He majored in Bible and found these years to be extremely valuable in molding his heart for ministry. After graduating in 2001, he felt the Lord directing him to seminary and that fall traveled down to Virginia Beach, Virginia to attend seminary at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. It was here that Ben learned the weight of the Word of God and the seriousness of study and exegesis. Ben and his wife Carissa met at Northland and were later married on June 21, 2002 in Colorado. They both know that the Lord has called them to reach the next generation for Christ.


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