B.R.Lakin 1901 - 1984 Just a Country Preacher, B. R. Lakin was a Baptist preacher and evangelist who spoke the truth of God with power and authority. Bacom Ray Lakin was born in West Virginia. His mother had dedicated him as a preacher before he was born. Within a week after his conversion at age 16, B. R. Lakin preached his first sermon. He became a circuit rider, then a pastor, and during his last thirty years, an itinerant evangelist.