Our Associate Pastor for Preschool and Children's Ministry has served in Children's ministry for 39 years. Since receiving his Masters Degree from Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, Ky he has served in three churches. Before seminary Arvil Graduated from Berea College in his hometown of Berea, KY. Before coming to Lawndale almost twenty years ago he served at First Baptist Roanoke, VA for fourteen years.


His passion is reaching the next generation for Christ and laying strong foundations for Christian faith during the important early years of life. He always enjoys talking to those interested in using their availability by serving God in preschool and children's ministry. He has enjoyed serving as a trainer for preschool leadership for both Virginia and North Carolina Baptist State Conventions.


Arvil enjoys travel and intergenerational activities. He may coordinate a church wide day trip or an extended church wide cruise. He most recently coordinated a church trip that attended our local Triad Stage.

Mr. Pennington especially enjoys family activities with nieces and nephews in Kentucky. He is especially proud of his great nephew who is currently leading Bible studies with his Army platoon at Fort Jackson, SC.


Arvil has an extensive background in gardening and floral design having worked in that area in high school, college, and graduate school. He has taught many classes at Lawndale such as "You can grow Orchids", "New trends in floral design" and "Traditional Christmas Decorations". Arvil sees blooming plants as one of God's great gifts to us. He offers crafts classes in the plant area for children.

Arvil Pennington

Children's Pastor

Kelly Larrimore

Children's Ministry &

Activities Assistant