Our Pastor’s Family

Christ Community Christian Center Church
Lakeland, Florida

Walter King Laidler, Jr. is a Lakeland native.  He was born to the parents of Walter King Laidler Sr. and Hattie Beatrice Davis Laidler on Sunday, October 17, 1948 at Lake Ridge Homes in Lakeland, FL.  After the death of his mother at age 2, he lived in a foster home 7 years with Priest Elgin O. and Ruth Cameron Anderson until 1959. After the accidental automobile death of Mother Ruth, his grandmother, Lillie Theresa Jones Laidler took young Walter and raised him in her home. In 1959 at age 10, he became a faithful and active member of Bethel A. M. E. Church in Lakeland under Rev. A. C. Chandler where Robert J. Blaine was Senior Pastor.  He earned a diploma from Rochelle Senior High School (1967), an Associate of Arts Degree from Polk Community College, Winter Haven, FL (1970), a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Music Education from the Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, FL (1973), and a Master of Divinity Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, So. Hamilton, MA (1980). Walter taught choral music and English 13 years in the public schools of Polk County Florida before leaving for full-time service at Christ Community on June 12, 1989.

Pastor Laidler was licensed in the African Methodist Episcopal Church on December 31, 1978 and ordained as an Elder in that denomination, September 4, 1981. Bishop S. S. Morris appointed Pastor Laidler to Mt. Olive A. M. E. Church, Sanford, FL on Sunday October 4, 1981. Pastor Laidler resigned Mt. Olive in the same week sighting conflict between his personal conscience and the Holy Spirit and “godly judgment” of the bishop. Pastor Laidler was subsequently licensed and ordained at First Institutional Baptist Church, Lakeland, FL under Pastor Paul Henry Jackson, Sunday, April 28, 1982.  Pastor and Mrs. Laidler began Christ Community on November 24, 1983.

Carrie Ada Lewis Laidler was born in Greensboro, NC to the parents of Herman George Lewis and Daisy Fox Lewis on Saturday, June 7, 1952. Carrie attended the public schools of Greensboro and graduated from James B. Dudley High School, Greensboro, NC (1970), and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in vocal music education from Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC (1974). Walter and Carrie were married Saturday, June 27, 1981 at Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Greensboro, NC. Carrie taught in the public schools of Boston, MA for four years, Polk County Florida schools for five years, home schooled their children for ten years, and taught in the church’s Academy for ten years.   She serves in the Ministry as Executive Vice President, Elder of Worship and Arts and Church Program Administrator.

Pastor and Mrs. Laidler have three daughters, Dorcas Aidah Laidler Crumbley, Jessica Dawn, Christa Ilana, and one son, Walter King, III and live in Lakeland, FL.  Their eldest daughter Dorcas and her husband, Darrian Raymondo Crumbley have one son, Darrian Raymondo Crumbley, Jr.