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 5:00-6:00

Handbells 6:00 - 7:00
Awana Clubs 5:45-7:30
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/Educ
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



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

April begins with a celebration of Easter. Christ is risen! Death is defeated! Hope is alive! We have a wonderful tradition at First Baptist Church of flowering the cross on Easter Sunday. We take an ugly wooden-cross wrapped in chicken wire and place fresh flowers through the wires. When the cross is completely flowered, the result is something beautiful. We take something ugly and make it into something beautiful.

Easter is about transforming the ugly into the beautiful. Jesus died on a wooden cross. It was an ugly scene. Yet Jesus’ death on our behalf makes it possible for all our sins to be for-given. The ugly cross has a beautiful result in our life. Then Jesus goes from an ugly death on Friday to a glorious resurrection on Sunday morning. The transition from Good Friday to Easter is also about taking something ugly and turning it into something beautiful.

The good news is that God can do the same thing with our lives today. He can take bro-ken lives scared and beaten down by sin and transform them into something beautiful. We can move from the ugliness of separation from God to the beauty of becoming a child of God. We can be transformed from defeat into absolute victory. Our heavenly Father knows how to take something ugly and make it into something beautiful. Have you allowed God to make that transformation in your life?

We’re celebrating baptism on April 22. Baptism is a beautiful picture of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. As the candidate for baptism stands in the water, it pictures Jesus’ death on the cross. When the candidate goes under the water, it pictures Jesus’ burial. When the candidate comes back up from the water, it pictures Jesus’ resurrection.

At the same time, baptism pictures our new life in Jesus Christ. Our old life of sin is dead (standing); our old life of sin is buried (under water); and now we have a new life in Jesus Christ (up from the water). Baptism is an example of God taking something ugly and making it into something beautiful. Our old ugly life is dead and buried and now we have a beautiful new life in Jesus Christ.

Are you thinking about getting baptized on April 22? You can either fill out a blue form from the bulletin or talk with Pastor Tim about taking this next step in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

God Bless,

Pastor Tim


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