Our Team

Our Team

Chris and Emeric

Our Lead Pastors Chris and Emeric Martinez are both from the East Coast but moved to South Carolina in response to God’s voice in 2015. They and their five children do their best to follow Jesus and have a relationship with God through Him. They hope to reflect Jesus and the undeserved love that He’s lavished on their family. They are currently working to respond to the needs around Lake Murray in Lexington and Irmo. Their hope is to have a church where people can fall in love with Jesus, find a church family, live in freedom, and make a difference in their God-given purpose.

Chris is a bivocational pastor with graduate degrees in education and religion. He likes to workout, read, and play with his kids. He writes blogs, helps people find Jesus, and tries to stay out of trouble.

Emeric has her hands full with their five children, but when she has free time she likes creating things, and spending time with friends and family. She loves the outdoors and also enjoys exercising. She has graduated from ministry school, loves to worship God, and has a heart for women.

Jonathan and Jessie

Jessie is the Kidside Director at Lakeside Church. She has an education degree, as well as a background in public education and tutoring. She has also previously run a small Children’s Ministry in a former church in Missouri. She values building relationships with children as a means to show them the love of Christ 

Jonathan is the YouthSide Director at Lakeside Church. He has a passion for seeing transformation in the rising generation and strives to use his work as an IT specialist in a local high school as a grounds to minister to local youth who may never walk into a church service.


I am married to the beautiful, sweet and wonderful Sally Utley.  We are blessed to have two awesome young adults, Sarah and Seth.  Originally from Oklahoma, we have been involved in many ministries throughout the years, such as facilitating small groups for our congregation.  Somewhere around 1986, I sensed a call to serve Jesus in the prisons.  After a seminary experience in Iowa, we moved to South Carolina for a year of clinical pastoral education in the prison.  Within a week of serving in the prison, I knew that I was home. The year after my clinical education I told the Lord that I was dry and tired of our relationship.  I realized that HE was waiting on me when I thought I was waiting on HIM.  I experienced a tremendous filling of the Spirit which made it all worthwhile.  Ephesians 5:18-19 says to continue being filled with the Spirit, continuing to give thanks and praise to the Lord.  Over the last twenty years, I continue to serve as a volunteer or chaplain in hospice and prison settings.  The best part of ministry is seeing people set free, healed, and delivered.  The call for all believers is to make the Earth more like Heaven.  Kingdom Come!!