Waco pastor killed, electrocuted in baptism accident

By Greg Warner

University Baptist Church pastors, (left to right), Kyle Lake, senior pastor; Ben Dudley, community pastor, and David Crowder, music and arts pastor; lead worship. (Photo by Duane A. Laverty/Waco Tribune-Herald)

WACO, Texas (ABP) — Kyle Lake, pastor of the innovative University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, was killed by electrocution Oct. 30 while performing a baptism during a worship service.

Lake, whose age was not immediately known, had been pastor of the church for more than four years. The congregation, made up mostly of Baylor University students, is best known as the home church of worship leader and songwriter David Crowder.

Lake and a baptismal candidate reportedly were in the baptistry when the accident occurred, reportedly caused by a microphone. Lake was taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics. He was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m., according to the church’s website. The baptismal candidate reportedly was not seriously injured.

Lake and his wife, Jen, have a daughter and twin sons. Lake is the author of two books, Understanding God’s Will and [Re]Understanding Prayer.

University Baptist was founded in 1995 by Crowder and Chris Seay, an author and now pastor in Houston. The Waco congregation, which attracts about 600 worshipers each week, is known not only for Crowder’s music but for its emphasis on the arts and multimedia worship.

A special service for prayer and counseling of UBC members was held at nearby First Baptist Church in Waco Sunday night, Oct. 30. Funeral details were not available.

Source: Associated Baptist Press

4 Responses to Waco pastor killed, electrocuted in baptism accident

  1. Lorna October 31, 2005 at 9:24 am #

    thanks for posting this. What a tragedy for his family – wife and sons, and your church

    blessings to you all

  2. Denny Burk October 31, 2005 at 10:39 pm #


    Thanks for your comment. It’s not our church, but another Baptist Church here in Texas. Just wanted to clarify.

  3. RosieBoo November 1, 2005 at 3:53 pm #

    I heard this story this morning, but didn’t catch that it was David Crowder’s church. It’s so hard to believe….what a horrible loss for his family and church family.

    BTW, congrats on your publication, Denny! I’ve been out of commission for a couple of weeks and just got caught up on your posts.

  4. bryan November 5, 2005 at 7:52 am #

    Denny, thanks for posting this memorial for a fellow warrior.

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