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 Music
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

I hope March brings consistent warm temperatures. The ups and downs of January and February were like a roller coaster ride. Speaking of heating things up, March and April are going to be fantastic at First Baptist Church. We have great opportunities to be on mission for Christ and live out our mission statement of touching hearts and transforming lives by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

We are partnering with an organization called “24 to Double.” The goal of this partnership is to learn systems and processes that will double the size of our church in 24 months. Our part is to attend a monthly training session and work through a strategy to implement all we learn. The first module for “24 to Double” will take place on Tuesday, March 3 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).

This Easter season gives everyone an opportunity to serve Christ and join the effort to have our greatest Resurrection Day ever! We will recreate the living Lord’s Supper on Palm Sunday (March 29) at both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. service. This moving rendition will draw you into a time of deep reflection and appreciation for all Christ has done for you.

The annual Spring Fling offers fun, excitement and an opportunity to share the resurrection story with families in our community. The children will hear the story of Jesus, make crafts and participate in an Easter Egg Hunt. As parents and grandparents and other adults watch the festivities, it’s a great opportunity to welcome them and make them feel at home. It all begins with a free breakfast on Saturday, April 4th, at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. At each of the three services that morning (8:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m.; and 11:00 a.m.), you’ll hear special music, witness an amazing drama and hear a message called “The Healer Is Here!” Jesus wants to begin a great work in the lives of people that day and our challenge is to get as many people here as we possibly can!

We’re asking every family to think about seven people you would love to see in church with you on Easter Sunday. Give us the names of those seven people along with your name and we’ll send your friends an invitation for you. Imagine how it will feel to have your friends in church with you on Easter! We need everyone to give us names so that we can have the greatest Easter ever at First Baptist Church.

We are heating things up for a fantastic March and April. Join the celebration and get involved. There are many opportunities to serve in a ministry and to invite a friend. Thinking about joining the church family at First Baptist Church Crystal River? The next New Members Class is Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. We would love to have you join our family and join our mission of touching hearts and transforming lives!

God Bless,

Pastor Tim


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