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!


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Wednesday Schedule:

Wednesday Night Supper 4:30 - 5:45
Kids Praise 5:00-6:00
Awana Clubs 6:00-7:30
Handbell Choir 6:15 - 7:00
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, Minister of Worship Arts
Scott Connelly, Interim Youth Pastor
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

The local church is a team. It’s a body. It’s a family. I want to take this moment to thank all of you who make up the wonderful church family at First Baptist Church of Crystal River. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Living Last Supper. Both those who appeared on stage and those who worked behind the scenes did a masterful job in presenting this moving and meaningful drama. A special thanks to everyone who volunteered for the Spring Fling. Your willingness to give of yourself provided an opportunity for many children and their families to have such a wonderful experience the day before Easter. And thank you to everyone who volunteered on Easter Sunday to make First Baptist Church such a warm and welcoming place. Your service both “on stage” and “off stage” matters so much. Thank you for being a team, a body, and most especially, a loving family.

The message series following Easter is designed to help you take control of your life. A bad attitude, a night of worry and a flood of negative thoughts can make life depressing. There is a better way. There is a path to victory. There is a way to take control of your attitude, worry and thoughts and make them work for you instead of against you. There is a way to “win” in life. I’ll be explaining that winning path in the next three messages in April:

  • April 12 A Winning Attitude

  • April 19 Winning Over Worry

  • April 26 Winning The Battle For Your Mind

We’re continuing our partnership with an organization called “24 to Double.” The goal of this partnership is to learn systems and processes that will grow our church to reach its potential as we touch hearts and transform lives by sharing Jesus. Our part is to attend a monthly training session and work through a strategy to implement all we learn. The next module for “24 to Double” will take place on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Victory Hall. If you want to see our church grow and reach its potential for Christ, I invite you to join us for these monthly meetings. The time you invest will put us one step closer to reaching people for Christ. Let’s grow together and expect God to do great things (Jeremiah 33:3).

Thinking about joining the church family at First Baptist Church of Crystal River? The next New Members Class is Saturday, May 16 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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