Worship Services:

demo 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
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, Min. of Worship Arts
Ben Gavrun, Min. of Youth/Education
Miss Rebecca Thielemann Interim Director of Children's Ministries


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

September is volunteerism month at First Baptist Church of Crystal River. Our goal is to high-light our ministries and give everyone an opportunity to volunteer for the ministry that is right for them. There are several ways to get involved.

The first thing you can do is participate in “The Ministry Fair” that begins September 11th and runs throughout the month. We need each ministry leader to reserve a table and display their ministry on that table with a sign-up sheet for those who are interested in receiving more informa-tion. This will give everyone an opportunity to take a few minutes before or after a worship ser-vice to examine the ministry displays and sign-up to receive more information about those minis-tries that interest them.

A second thing you can do is to take a short “Spiritual Gift Inventory.” The inventory takes only about 5 minutes to complete. We will set-up a location in Victory Hall beginning Sep-tember 11th where you can take the inventory. A volunteer will enter the information into the computer later that week and get the results back to you. This inventory will help you find the ministry area that is right for you.

A third thing you can do is to become familiar with the “Seven Ministry Teams” at First Baptist Church. All our ministries fit under the umbrella of seven teams. The seven teams are (1) Outreach; (2) First Impressions; (3) Tech Arts; (4) Worship; (5) Follow-Up; (6) Children and Youth; and (7) Small Groups. I will be speaking about each of these teams on September 4th and will give you an opportunity to think about which of these teams is right for you.

A fourth thing you can do is hear the message series on “Volunteerism” which begins September 11th. I will present a series of three messages to help each person find the right minis-try. The three messages are:

  • September 11 “Dare To Be Servant”

  • September 18 “Every Member Is A Minister”

  • September 25 “God Has The Right Job For You”

Thinking about joining the church family at First Baptist Church of Crystal River? The next New Members Class is Saturday, September 17th 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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