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Know Your Neighbor: Kevin Alexander makes connections through music and ministry

September 11, 2020 - 00:00
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Music is Kevin Alexander’s passion; from family to work it has truly shaped every aspect of his life.

Alexander not only serves as the worship pastor at Lakeside Church, he’s also the fifth grade band teacher at Lake Oconee Academy. His love affair with music began in ninth grade when he picked up his first guitar. Soon after, Alexander said he began playing with the worship team at his home church.

When it came time for college, Kevin knew what he wanted to do.

“I never thought I would be a worship pastor,” Alexander said. “My plan was to be a public school band director.”

But during his collegiate years, the Lord began building his path. While in college, Alexander was called to Lake Country Baptist Church in Eatonton where he not only led music but also had the opportunity to work with their student ministry and lead worship at some of the church’s summer camps.

“Being a music education major and a believer in Christ, I was always taught to use my spiritual gifts to glorify God,” Alexander said. “This went hand-in-hand with my service at my home church and eventually led to my job at Lake Country Baptist Church and onto my future as a leader in the church that is now my full-time job.”

After college, Alexander began working at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, where he taught music to students in fifth through 12th grade.

“I have always had a passion for instrumental music, and still do to this day,” Alexander said.

In June 2016, Alexander accepted a full-time worship pastor position at Lakeside Church. Last year, he was able to combine his love for instrumental music with his call to lead worship by accepting a part-time position teaching fifth grade band at LOA.

“I like to teach kids about life through the lens of music,” Alexander said. “Allowing the kids to have fun, but learn to be disciplined in the process is how I like to teach.”

But his love of music doesn’t end when the school bell rings or after the last churchgoer leaves the sanctuary. Alexander has been married to his wife Sidney for four years. The couple has two sons, Miles (2) and Sam (11 months).

“We are lovers of music, sports and the outdoors,” Alexander said. “As a worship leader and music educator, music is how I express myself. I love to play songs with my family at the house as well as sing requested songs for my students on Fridays at Lake Oconee Academy.”

A normal day in the life of Alexander begins at 6 a.m. at LOA with a dedicated time of workout, scripture reading and prayer with other teacher friends before making his way to his classroom to teach band. His day then transitions to his full-time position at Lakeside at 10 a.m.

“Everything that happens from the lights, to the lyrics, to the video, to the sound, to the music are my responsibility,” Alexander said. “On a typical Sunday morning, I have a team of 15 to 20 volunteers that make this possible and I would never be able to do what I do without their help.”

Alexander is also in charge of planning the men’s and women’s ministries at Lakeside.

“My greatest joy in leading worship is hearing the participation of fellow believers praising Jesus,” Alexander said. “Not everyone can sing well, but everyone can make a joyful noise to their creator. The Bible says, ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord.’ He never said make a pretty one. To hear and see imperfect people lift their voices to their savior is a beautiful thing and I am blessed to create an atmosphere where they feel comfortable in doing so.”

Some of Alexander’s favorite times of leading worship are during Lakeside’s quarterly Women’s Nights of Worship. He said it’s a time where he is able to work with different musicians and worship leaders to lead women in his church and the surrounding community in a night of empowerment and encouragement.

“The women that attend these events have a huge heart for worshiping God and to hear them lift their voices together is such a heavenly experience,” Alexander said.

Alexander’s heart for worship and teaching students comes out of the overflow of him simply loving people. He said he loves having conversations with new acquaintances and learning about people’s backgrounds and beliefs.