October 31, 2005
A pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his church
after grabbing a microphone while partially submerged, a church
The Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was standing in water in a baptismal at
University Baptist Church when he was electrocuted Sunday morning,
said Jamie Dudley, a church business administrator and wife of
another pastor there. The water in a baptismal usually reaches above
the waist, said Byron Weathersbee, interim university chaplain at
Lake was stepping into the baptismal when he reached out to adjust a
nearby microphone, which produced an electric shock, said Ben
the church's community pastor.
Doctors in the congregation rushed to help Lake, who had collapsed,
Ben Dudley said. Lake was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist
Medical Center, where nursing supervisor Pat Mahl said he was
The woman Lake was baptizing apparently had not stepped into the
water, Ben Dudley said. She was taken to the hospital as a
precaution, but was not seriously injured, he said.
Pastors at University Baptist Church routinely use a microphone
during baptisms, Jamie Dudley said.
"He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear," she
said. "It's the only way you can be loud enough."
About 800 people attended the morning service, which was larger than
normal because it was homecoming weekend at nearby Baylor
"At first, there was definitely confusion just because everyone was
trying to figure out what was going on," Ben Dudley said in a story
in Monday's Waco Tribune-Herald. "Everyone just immediately started
Lake, who had a wife and three children, had been at the church for
nine years, the last seven as pastor, she said.
At a remembrance attended by about 1,000 people Sunday night at
Baptist Church, Ben Dudley told the UBC congregation that they would
move forward as a church.
"I don't know how, when, why, where or what's going to happen, but
we will continue as a church in the community because that is what
Kyle would have wanted," he said.
No, they'll continue on because they are filled with the same fear,
shame and greed that they were before Kyle got his bolt outta the
Well, perhaps the microphone was black not blue.
Maybe ole (x) Kyle, in retrospect, would've wanted a third grade
level class taught by Louie the Lightning Bug.
NOW HEAR THE WORD OF THE BUG !
Stay on Groovin' (In the human jungle) Safari,