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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Tim Lantzy, Senior Pastor
Tim Wuester, Min. of Worship Arts
Donna Cusick, Dir. of Children's Min.


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




Our Ministries

At First Baptist Church we have many ministries that meet the needs of our members and our community. These are just a few of our ministries. If you have questions or want to get involved please contact the ministry team leader or the church office.

Ministries to our Community

Food Pantry

This is a ministry which supplies food to those in need. Food and monetary donations support this ministry along with assistance through a government food program. At various times, the items needed for the pantry will be listed in the bulletin and on the website. FBC/CR is an equal opportunity provider.

Ministry Team Leader: Joyce Young

We are Open:

Monday - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday - 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursday – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

1st Thursday of the month from 6-8pm
3rd Saturday of the month from 9am-12pm


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Agape House

FOR FAMILIES IN NEED! Opening in March 1998, the Agape House is a Ministry of First Baptist Church where everything is donated and everything is FREE for people in need. This includes clothes, shoes, toiletries and, if needed, household items such as kitchenware, small appliances, bed and bath linens, etc. We visit and pray with each family each visit, and many have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour!

Our Mission Statement: To introduce people to Jesus Christ through building relationships and helping meet their material and spiritual needs.

Ministry Team Leaders: Jackie Plos, Audrey Gathany and Judy Forant

This Ministry is located on the corner of Citrus Ave & Crystal Street.

We are open:

Mondays: 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


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Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels Ministry of First Baptist Church was started in 1974 by a ladies group in the church called Women on Mission. They recognized a need in our community for a hot meal to be provided to those who are sick and are homebound – regardless of church affiliation. A plan was proposed where volunteers would prepare home-cooked meals every Tuesday and volunteer drivers would deliver those meals to those who are homebound.

Our church teamed up with the United Methodist Church in Crystal River who agreed to prepare and deliver hot meals on Thursdays – thus providing two meals per week to those in need.

Over the years, thousands of meals have been prepared and delivered by volunteers to those who are sick and are recovering from surgery or just need contact from the outside world.

Ministry Team Leader: Betty Wise

Meals are prepared and delivered each Tuesday Morning

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Ministries to our Members & Guests

Wednesday Night Suppers

Purpose: The purpose of Wednesday Night Suppers is to provide a convenient meal and fellowship opportunities for persons involved in the AWANA Ministry, Youth Ministry, Music Ministry and Adult Bible Study. Our purpose is not to provide food for those not present or not involved in the previously mentioned ministries.

Registration: We ask everyone to register their attendance by calling the church office by noon on Monday or by completing a card on Sunday. You can place your name on a permanent list or on a week-by-week list. If you are on the permanent list, please let us know when you are not going to be present. Individuals not having a reservation can eat only after 5:30 and based upon availability.

Hours of Operation: Wednesdays 4:30 - 5:45 pm


Children $3.00
Students $4.00
Adults $6.00
Family of 4 $15.00
Family of 5+ $18.00

  • A family is defined as someone living in the same house with you.
  • With the new WNS format, we are no longer able to offer free meals.

Tickets: Tickets are required to receive a meal. You receive your ticket when you pay. You are to give your ticket to the person collecting them in the serving line.

Take Outs: All take-out meals are $6.00 a piece. Let us know as early as possible if you need a take-out meal.

Price for Volunteers: All those serving on the crew for that night eat free for that night. Family members of those serving do not eat free, only those who are serving.

Seconds: Seconds will be served at 5:45 based upon availability.


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Women's Missionary Union (WMU)

Women on Mission is a missions organization whose purpose is to challenge, prepare, and equip Christian believers of all ages to be radically involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Women on Mission meets to support missions around the globe and at home through study, prayer and active participation in mission projects.

Women on Mission supports the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Maguire State Mission Offering. We support a variety of local missions activities.

All ladies are invited to join us the first Thursday of each month at 10:00 am in the Parlor .

Ministry Team Leader: Fran Lynn

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Joy Club

This ministry is for our Seniors, which we call our "Just Older Youth". This club meets once a month for food, fellowship and/or an occasional field trip. This is an opportunity to get to know each other better, while having fun and fellowship with others.

Ministry Team Leader: Jan Smith

Luncheons: Second Friday of the month unless otherwise posted. See bulletin and posters for special trips

We normally have you bring a side dish and $2.00 cover charge for the meat. Call the church office if you are attending.

In Touch

From time to time, church members may find themselves in a situation where they can’t do minor repairs, whether for financial reasons or otherwise, run errands, prepare a meal, etc. The In Touch Ministry’s mission is to be a means of communication between those who have a need and those who can assist them in confidentiality. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact the church office.

Ministry Team Leader: Lee Earl Stokes

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Sowing Seeds

Can you touch a prayer? Can you pull it close and feel its comfort? You can if it is a Prayer Quilt. The Sowing Seeds Ministry is a way to combine the gift of a quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need.

As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is said for someone in special need who then receives the finished quilt. This is not just the gift of a quilt it is a gift of love and prayer. It is a statement of faith in God and in his power to comfort, strengthen and heal.

Ladies are invited to join us on Thursdays at 9:00 in the sewing room to make quilts. We need people who can cut, iron, pin and sew.

Ministry Team Leader: Mary Redrick

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