Dr. Wm. Richard Kremer has served as pastor at Garden Lakes Baptist since July, 2009, coming to Rome after many years as senior minister at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. A native of Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama, Richard is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he ran track and majored in English and history. Richard earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1981 and a Ph.D. degree in systematic theology, also from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 1986. He has also served as pastor of Stewart's Creek Baptist Church in Lebanon, Kentucky, and of Edgefield First Baptist Church, Edgefield, SC. Richard is married to Melissa Callison Kremer and they are the parents of three adult children. Richard's interests include writing, running, biking, and most all outdoor activities.