Worship Services:

demoSunday - New Schedule

 8:30 am - Contemporary

11:00 am - Traditional


Bible Study: 9:45 am

See our bulletin for regular scheduled activities.

Our Mission:


First Baptist Church of Crystal River exists to Touch Hearts and Transform Lives by Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ!  

Come join us on this exciting Mission!


Got Questions? Need answers?

Wednesday Schedule:

Wednesday Night Supper 4:30 - 5:45
Kids Praise 6:00-7:30
Awana Clubs 6:00-7:30 Resumes in August
Handbell Choir 6:15 - 7:00 Ressumes Aug 12
Youth 6:00-7:30
Adult Prayer & Bible Study 6:00-7:15
Adult Choir 7:15-8:30


View our Calendar for more activities.



Meet Our Staff

Dr. Tim Lantzy, Senior Pastor
Tim Wuester, Min. of Worship Arts
Ben Gavrun, Min. of Youth/Education
Miss Kelly Lapp, Children's Director


Contact Our Church

Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm
700 N Citrus Avenue
Crystal River, FL 34428
Ph:  352.795.3367
Fax: 352.795.3714



Welcome to First Baptist Church of Crystal River, Florida

We welcome everyone to our church and fellowship. If you are looking for a loving, caring and Bible preaching church, come and visit us at First Baptist. Our doors are always open. If you have special needs or need someone to pray with you, feel free to call our church office.

The ABC's of Becoming A Christian

  • Admit that you have sinned, that you have broken God’s Law.
  • Believe that Jesus Christ died for every wrong thing you’ve ever done. Believe that He was buried and rose again on the third day.
  • Confess to Jesus that you want Him to forgive you and lead your life.

Are you ready to receive Jesus into your life? Say this prayer, “God, I admit that I have sinned against you. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose again. The best way I know how, I receive Jesus into my life to lead me and save me. Amen.”

Please contact one of our staff so that we may pray with you and help you understand what it means to becoming a Christian.

A Note From Our Pastor

On May 17, we voted to call Ben Gavrun as our new Minister of Youth and Education. Ben and his wife, Liz, and two boys will be joining our staff at the end of June. We are excited to have Ben and his family coming to join our church family at First Baptist Church. Pray for the Gavrun family as they make the transition from Colorado to Florida.

Ben’s primary responsibility will be as our Minister of Youth. Ben will be giving leadership to our middle school and high school ministry. He will be leading our Sunday activities, Wednesday activities and special activities for the youth ministry. Ben will be arriving in time to go with the youth to Centrifuge in South Carolina from July 5-11. This will be a great time for Ben to get to know some of our teenagers and to “get his feet wet” so to speak.

There are exciting opportunities being planned for youth ministry in the fall once school begins again. We are currently making renovations in the Ministry Building to improve our youth facilities. We are planning to expand our Wednesday night program and to enhance the youth ministry on Sunday mornings. If you have a heart to work with teenagers, be sure to introduce yourself to Ben when he arrives. Great things are ahead in our youth ministry!

Ben will also be assisting me in the Education Ministry of the church. Ben is currently working on his Masters Degree from Southern Seminary and has a heart for teaching and discipleship. Ben will have the following responsibilities in the area of Education:

  • He will track our weekly Sunday Bible Study attendance and small group attendance and make a monthly written report

  • He will work with the staff in developing and promoting a quarterly Bible study emphasis

  • He will help in recruiting teachers for adult classes and in starting new classes

  •  He will help me teach Classes 101-401

Thinking about joining the church family at First Baptist Church of Crystal River? The next New Members Class is Saturday, August 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. We would love to have you join our family and join our mission by touching hearts and transforming lives!


God Bless,

Pastor Tim


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