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!


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 & Mrs. Katy Maguire
Interim Directors 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

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 Lord’s 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 opportu-nity 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 such a loving church family.

I want to express a special “thank you” to Kelly Lapp for serving our Children’s Minis-try for the past five years. Words fail to express the depth of her contribution in the lives of our children. “Thank You,” Kelly, for a fantastic five years and “God bless you” in the next chapter of your life.

Children’s Ministry will continue at First Baptist Church. As we search for a new Chil-dren’s Ministry director, I want to welcome two ladies who will serve as our interim coordina-tors. Rebecca Thielemann will serve as our Sunday coordinator and Katy Maguire will serve as our Wednesday Awana coordinator. Thank you both for your willingness to serve and to keep us moving forward in Children’s Ministry.

April begins a new message series that will take us through the book called 1 John. I’m calling the series “Keeping In Step With God.” God has growth steps that He wants each of His children to take. No matter where we are today in our relationship with Christ, there’s a next step that God wants us to take. Each week we’ll tackle a practical question about the Christian life that can help us grow and take the next step with God. By applying these practical questions each week, we will find ourselves “keeping in step with God.”

  • April 3 How Can I Know God Personally? (1:1-4)

  • April 10 How Can I Connect With God Daily? (1:5-7)

  • April 17 What Happens When I Sin? (1:8-2:2)

  • April 24 How Should Christians Behave? (2:3-11)

Thinking about joining the church family at First Baptist Church of Crystal River? The next New Members Class is Saturday, May 14 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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