The River Student Ministry

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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




The River Student Ministry

The River is a place that all students can come and feel loved and accepted and grow in their relationship with Christ. "They are like trees planted along the riverbank bearing fruit each season. Their lives never wither, and they prosper in all they do". Psalm 1:3. With this verse as our fundamental verse our goal is for our students to grow and mature in their faith to a point that their lives will show the love of Christ in everything they do.

I believe that students need a place to belong and to be accepted. I want The River at FBC Crystal River to be that place for them. My wife and I make ourselves available to students and families for any needs they have. If you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or want us to come visit you, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact me.

In Christ,

Cliff Ford

Our Mission

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20 to go and make disciples. That is our end goal. At The River, we want to make disciples that can go out and make more disciples. We do that in many different ways through small group bible studies, large group worship, camps, and different kinds of missions.

At The River, we strive to have fun while showing Christ's love to others for the purpose of growing the kingdom of God. We are the body of Christ sent out to do His work and make disciples.

  • Motivating students to develop a close friendship and love relationship with the Lord. (Matt. 22:37)
  • Helping students grow a sense of responsibility for the development of self and others. (Gal. 6:1-2)
  • Training students to be responsible for their own spiritual development. (Phil. 2:12)
  • Molding students to have a personal hunger to see their peers come to know Christ. Challenging students to commit to pursuing the life God desires for them. (1 Cor. 10:31)

Student Pastor

Cliff Ford and wife Stephanie have been married for 20 years and have three children, Samantha 19, Chance 14, and Stevie 13.

Cliff has been in youth ministry for over 8 years.


100 Club

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of students in Citrus County? We have an opportunity for you to serve God, and care for the young people we minister to through The River Student Ministries (First Baptist of Crystal River’s student ministry, 6-12 grade).

God is blessing our ministry and we are seeing growth! God's Word is being declared and lives are being changed. Young people are coming to Christ, learning to lead, and to be equipped to share the Gospel.

As you consider your part, I encourage you to pray for our students and their families. Pray about partnering with us in the "100 Club", a group of amazing Christ followers that make ministry possible. Every “100 Club” member will receive a window sticker to help show your support.

On the reverse side of this card is an explanation of what the "100 Club" is and how you can become a 100 club member.

Thank you for your support and passion to share Christ with this generation!

When you join the "100 Club", you will become part of an elite group of super cool, caring, and supportive, Christ followers that are committing to three things:

    1. Pray for the leaders, students and families of The River Student Ministries this year. 2. Stay informed on prayer needs and student ministry news throughout the year. We will send you updates on what is happening in our ministry. 3. Donate at least $100 over the course of the year to the student ministry. This money will be used for things like scholarships to summer camp, purchasing Bibles and devotional materials, transportation, outreach events and leadership training.

Our goal is to have at least 100 people or couples to join the "100 Club". If you would like to join us in reaching this goal, please fill out the following information and drop this card in the offering plate or at the church office. Thank you!

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