Baptist Churches Reaching Florida

So much is happening in Florida churches throughout our 6 regions. Find a church. Or share how God’s working by submitting a story!

Choose a Category

Church Stories

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes invited to White House for Victims Law Signing

The staff of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child has been grateful to walk through an incredible number of open doors God has provided to help more children and…
Read More...

BREAKING – Hayes Wicker begins pastoral transition with FBC Naples

Hayes Wicker, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, announced over the weekend that he will be stepping away from the pastorate. He has served the church since 1992.…
Read More...

A crowd launches Grace Church Miami

Grace Church Miami launched on Sunday evening with 182 people filling up the pews at their Miami Shores location. “Tonight was super encouraging,” wrote Eric Bancroft, pastor of…
Read More...

Car crashes into church offices – God protects

Javier Sotolongo, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Estrella de Belen in Hialeah, is giving thanks to God for protecting him and his family after an SUV crashed into his office Thursday…
Read More...

Mount Horeb BC becomes Norwood Community Church

One Florida Baptist church that has been a bastion of faith in its community for almost 95 years will continue its journey under a new name. Mount Horeb Baptist Church in…
Read More...

A look back at 2018

God did amazing things in the lives of Florida Baptists in 2018 and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for 2019! Here are some of the most memorable stories from last year.…
Read More...

Florida Baptists give to Lottie Moon Offering

This week Baptist churches across Florida and the nation are coming together and giving towards the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. December 2nd through Dec. 9th churches are…
Read More...

Miami Gardens Church Purchases First Building

Walking in Christ Missionary Baptist Church recently purchased their first building after 10 years of faithfully trusting and following God. “God has blessed us always and even…
Read More...

Ardella Baptist saying “yes” to what God has next

Ardella Baptist Church in Lakeland reached an important milestone two months ago by becoming a debt-free church. The 96-year-old church paid off $540,000 in debt on Sept. 25 in…
Read More...

Historic day at FBC Umatilla

Sunday, November 18, 2018, will forever be a historical day for First Baptist Church Umatilla. “It will be a day that I will never forget,” said pastor Brooks Braswell. “Life…
Read More...

FBSC 2018 – A millennial’s first time perspective

The Florida Baptist Convention was an event that was unique and surprisingly enjoyable. I did not know what to expect when going to the Convention because I had never attended one…
Read More...

Unity in the panhandle

Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola is moving to break racial and cultural barriers in its community and bring believers together as one family in Christ. On Sunday night…
Read More...

Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
Read More...

Unity in the panhandle

Myrtle Grove Baptist Church in Pensacola is moving to break racial and cultural barriers in its community and bring believers together as one family in Christ. On Sunday night…
Read More...

Perspective of Florida Baptist Pastor – Hurricane Michael – Letter to Dr. Green

Letter to Dr. Green... Dear Florida Baptist, When I awoke on Wednesday Oct. 10th, I had no idea what lay in-store for my family or my community. 12 hours later after riding…
Read More...

Church partnerships beginning to thrive in wake of Hurricane Michael

While Hurricane Michael brought our state the devastation that so often comes with a storm of its magnitude, Florida Baptists are discovering some unexpected blessings in its wake.…
Read More...

Churches helping churches – Hurricane Michael

Florida Baptists need you. The damaging effects of Hurricane Michael have left many in the panhandle shell-shocked. Our Florida Baptist Disaster Relief is on the ground -…
Read More...

BCF finds hope in the midst of devastation following Michael

When Hurricane Michael came ashore at 155 miles per hour, there was no doubt the College would receive a powerful visit from this uninvited guest. All of the preparations that…
Read More...

FBDR brings hope to the Florida Panhandle

The situation along the Florida panhandle following Hurricane Michael remains serious with some counties still experiencing total power loss and search and rescue operations still…
Read More...

Hurricane Michael – how can you help?

**UPDATE** Check back here next week to find out how you can come right beside churches in need in the Florida Panhandle in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Florida…
Read More...

Florida Baptist DR on the ground in the Panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael

Less than a day has passed since Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a category 4 hurricane leaving severe devastation in its wake. But already Florida…
Read More...

BCF celebrates 75 years

With Hurricane Michael barreling toward the Florida panhandle, expected to make landfall as a major Category 3 hurricane, like others in the area the leaders at Baptist College of…
Read More...

FBC Chipley impacts Uganda for Christ

First Baptist Church Chipley sent out 10 missionaries, including pastor Mike Orr, to Uganda to work among the Acoli people and alongside long-term missionaries Allen and Mallory…
Read More...

First Baptist Church of Eastpoint Ministers to Community Devastated by Fire

The Eastpoint community located in the Florida panhandle is still recovering from a devastating wildfire in June that burned almost 1000 acres in 24 hours and destroyed over 30…
Read More...

Food trucks open doors for ministry opportunities

Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee is using food trucks on Wednesday night as a way of engaging and building relationships with their community. “You meet a lot of…
Read More...

Life change behind bars

An incredible moving of the Spirit has been taking place in the Madison Correctional Institute in north Florida. Jay Hartranft, the prison chaplain for the facility, has witnessed…
Read More...

Florida Baptists strive toward racial unity

In a climate of extreme unrest in most arenas of society, Florida Baptists are keenly aware of the role racial unity plays in the message of the Gospel and the advancement of the…
Read More...

Lafayette churches impact students at camp

As the school year ends and the camp season begins, children and student pastors will be handing out packing lists and parents will be buying sunscreen as they prepare to send…
Read More...

North Florida Evangelism Conference encourages church leaders

Pastors and church leaders were blessed earlier this week as they gathered at Westside Baptist Church in Gainesville for the North Florida Evangelism Conference. Special guest…
Read More...

#Sharper2018: Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee

The Sharper! ministry conference at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee yesterday was a great day of equipping and encouraging ministry leaders. Discussions about youth…
Read More...

Cooperative Program

You are a catalyst of change. As a catalyst you are sparking momentum and that has been growing with Florida Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention to change hearts in the…
Read More...

Mobile Dental Unit Ministry Information

“Consider others more than yourselves. Care about them as much as you care about yourselves.” Philippians 2:4 CEV '2019 MOBILE DENTAL UNIT SCHEDULE' The mission of the…
Read More...

Mount Horeb BC becomes Norwood Community Church

One Florida Baptist church that has been a bastion of faith in its community for almost 95 years will continue its journey under a new name. Mount Horeb Baptist Church in…
Read More...

Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
Read More...

Church partnerships beginning to thrive in wake of Hurricane Michael

While Hurricane Michael brought our state the devastation that so often comes with a storm of its magnitude, Florida Baptists are discovering some unexpected blessings in its wake.…
Read More...

FBC Jacksonville to Host Prayer Service at The Jacksonville Landing

First Baptist Church Jacksonville will hold a prayer service at The Jacksonville Landing for all members of the community, Wednesday, August 29 at 6:30 pm ET. The service will…
Read More...

“More than a hashtag” – Florida Baptists pray for Jacksonville

The city of Jacksonville is the latest to be added to a list of U.S. cities reeling from violence after two people were shot and killed and 13 people injured at a national video…
Read More...

Shepherd’s Help equips area pastors

Jim & Sandra Parrish of Shepherd’s Help Ministry presented 30 pastors with a complimentary “Pastor’s Library” consisting of 49 books on counseling, discipleship and leadership…
Read More...

Florida Baptist couple treasure faith amidst tragedy

On June 15, 2018, Daniel and Emily Hilaire headed out for some late-night fast food, driving down Central Florida’s busy I-4. In her twenty-ninth week of pregnancy, Emily was…
Read More...

Fruit Cove sends almost half of college ministry on missions overseas

When nearly half of the young adults involved in a church’s college ministry are serving overseas to share the gospel this summer, you know something is going on. God is certainly…
Read More...

Florida Baptists strive toward racial unity

In a climate of extreme unrest in most arenas of society, Florida Baptists are keenly aware of the role racial unity plays in the message of the Gospel and the advancement of the…
Read More...

East Florida Evangelism Conference inspires and encourages

More than 200 pastors and church leaders gathered Tuesday night for the East Florida region Evangelism Conference at First Baptist Church of Palm Coast. Special guest speakers…
Read More...

FBC Jax pastor Mac Brunson resigns

Pastor Mac Brunson, co-pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, stunned his congregation by announcing his resignation from the church, effective April 30, 2018. Brunson…
Read More...

Pastor honors wife, family with book for granddaughter

After 25 years of serving and loving the people of Fruit Cove Baptist Church, lead pastor Tim Maynard humbly gave his church the chance to minister to him and his wife Pam as she…
Read More...

Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
Read More...

Church partnerships beginning to thrive in wake of Hurricane Michael

While Hurricane Michael brought our state the devastation that so often comes with a storm of its magnitude, Florida Baptists are discovering some unexpected blessings in its wake.…
Read More...

Historic baptisms at Fishhawk Fellowship, Lithia

Fishhawk Fellowship Church broke a personal record by baptizing 75 people in a single day. “This past Saturday, the 13th after our evening service, we hosted our annual Outdoor…
Read More...

Vocational Church stands in the gap

A year ago Charles Young started Vocational Church to help addicts transition back into society and this July, 19 people were baptized as a result of his ministry. “During the…
Read More...

Public schools as the mission field

As the Florida Baptist Convention begins the Write Beside You initiative to help churches partner with local schools, one Florida Baptist church has already been making inroads…
Read More...

Florida Baptists take hope to U.S. Virgin Islands

As the U.S. Virgin Islands bounce back from the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, Florida Baptist churches are working with local churches on the islands to share the…
Read More...

Serving hurricane evacuees in Orlando

On Saturday April 21 Florida Baptists ministered to hundreds of people from Central Florida communities and led several to Christ during “Serving the Community” event at Gateway…
Read More...

Regional Evangelism Conferences – Here are the highlights!

We're looking at hundreds of people being impacted as they attend Florida Regional Evangelism Conferences. Central Region Evangelism Conference Church at the Mall in Lakeland…
Read More...

Church Partnerships help Puerto Rican Evacuees

Florida Baptist churches in Southeast Florida will partner with Central Florida churches to respond to the needs of Puerto Rican evacuees. In April, various Hispanic Baptist…
Read More...

Central Florida church celebrates with note burning

Celebrating God’s Goodness Maple Grove Baptist Church of Lakeport burned their mortgage note during its Homecoming Celebration last Sunday, Jan. 28.  The symbolic act represented…
Read More...

Black-multicultural churches focus on unity in Christ

With a theme, “We’re Better Together,” 375 black and multicultural pastors and laypeople gathered at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center Aug. 5-6 for the Black Multicultural Church…
Read More...

New York Yankees call Ken Whitten ‘mentor’

Ken Whitten used to dream of playing professional baseball. But even though God closed that door following Whitten's college pitching career nearly 40 years ago at Eastern…
Read More...

Seminary Graduation for inmates at Hardee Correctional

The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) extension center at Hardee Correctional Institute in Bowling Green celebrated it’s first graduation as forty student inmates…
Read More...

BREAKING – Hayes Wicker begins pastoral transition with FBC Naples

Hayes Wicker, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, announced over the weekend that he will be stepping away from the pastorate. He has served the church since 1992.…
Read More...

Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
Read More...

Summit Church serves the Dominican Republic

On July 14th 11 men and women from Summit Church in Fort Myers traveled to the Dominican Republic to serve alongside our partner LoveServes and El Refugio church in Haina. In the…
Read More...

Southwest Region Evangelism Conference

On Monday evening Colonial Oaks Baptist Church in Sarasota hosted the Southwest Region Evangelism Conference. “It was an excellent meeting,” said Wayne Briant, southwest…
Read More...

Naples couple finds new life in Jesus

Our Florida Baptist churches are filled with stories of life transformation! Scott and Naomi, who attend First Baptist Church in Naples, experienced the power of Jesus to change…
Read More...

Black-multicultural churches focus on unity in Christ

With a theme, “We’re Better Together,” 375 black and multicultural pastors and laypeople gathered at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center Aug. 5-6 for the Black Multicultural Church…
Read More...

Regional catalysts put ‘boots on the ground’

Pastors and church leaders are giving a vote of confidence to the Florida Baptist Convention’s regionalization model that places a regional catalyst “Right Beside" the local…
Read More...

Cooperative Program

You are a catalyst of change. As a catalyst you are sparking momentum and that has been growing with Florida Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention to change hearts in the…
Read More...

Convention sends pastors to Jacksonville conference

Florida Baptists are investing in the ministry of 18 pastors and their wives who are attending the Jacksonville Pastors' Conference at First Baptist Church Jan. 27-31 as guests of…
Read More...

Revitalized SW Fla. church embraces growth, diversity

As with any 100-year-old church, First Baptist Church of Immokalee has seen its share of ebb and flow. But after a period of trouble and decline, the revitalized congregation has…
Read More...

Church Planting Assistance: Qualifications and Process

Church Planting Assistance Florida Baptist Convention Qualifications The following guidelines will apply to any Florida Baptist church desiring Church Planting Assistance Funds…
Read More...

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes invited to White House for Victims Law Signing

The staff of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child has been grateful to walk through an incredible number of open doors God has provided to help more children and…
Read More...

BREAKING – Hayes Wicker begins pastoral transition with FBC Naples

Hayes Wicker, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, announced over the weekend that he will be stepping away from the pastorate. He has served the church since 1992.…
Read More...

A crowd launches Grace Church Miami

Grace Church Miami launched on Sunday evening with 182 people filling up the pews at their Miami Shores location. “Tonight was super encouraging,” wrote Eric Bancroft, pastor of…
Read More...

Car crashes into church offices – God protects

Javier Sotolongo, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Estrella de Belen in Hialeah, is giving thanks to God for protecting him and his family after an SUV crashed into his office Thursday…
Read More...

Mount Horeb BC becomes Norwood Community Church

One Florida Baptist church that has been a bastion of faith in its community for almost 95 years will continue its journey under a new name. Mount Horeb Baptist Church in…
Read More...

A look back at 2018

God did amazing things in the lives of Florida Baptists in 2018 and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for 2019! Here are some of the most memorable stories from last year.…
Read More...

Sharper Ministry Conference 2019

February 23, 28 & March 7, 14  Sharper! offered at multiple sites throughout Florida. Staying honed and always ready to be used by God can be difficult as the challenges…
Read More...

Florida Baptists give to Lottie Moon Offering

This week Baptist churches across Florida and the nation are coming together and giving towards the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. December 2nd through Dec. 9th churches are…
Read More...

Miami Gardens Church Purchases First Building

Walking in Christ Missionary Baptist Church recently purchased their first building after 10 years of faithfully trusting and following God. “God has blessed us always and even…
Read More...

Ardella Baptist saying “yes” to what God has next

Ardella Baptist Church in Lakeland reached an important milestone two months ago by becoming a debt-free church. The 96-year-old church paid off $540,000 in debt on Sept. 25 in…
Read More...

Historic day at FBC Umatilla

Sunday, November 18, 2018, will forever be a historical day for First Baptist Church Umatilla. “It will be a day that I will never forget,” said pastor Brooks Braswell. “Life…
Read More...

FBSC 2018 – A millennial’s first time perspective

The Florida Baptist Convention was an event that was unique and surprisingly enjoyable. I did not know what to expect when going to the Convention because I had never attended one…
Read More...