Florida Focus
Aug 22, 2012

A one-time announcement of special events is a free service provided by the Witness to Florida Baptist churches. Please send materials at least three weeks before the date of the event, to Florida Baptist Witness, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207, fax 904-346-0696 or submitted using our online form. Items received after deadline may appear in our exclusive on-line version.



Lake Asbury Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs honored Pastor Troy A. Grant July 23, his tenth anniversary with the church. Guests at the celebration included Truman Herring, Grant’s mentor and senior pastor of Boca Glades Baptist Church in Boca Raton; Jason Weathersby, former worship pastor of Lake Asbury Baptist; Paul Castelli, pastor of Crosspoint Church in Spring Hill; Phil and Nancy Grant, Grant’s parents; and Dan and Joyce Prenatt, his wife, Yvette’s parents. The Grants have four children and one grandson. 


First Baptist Church of Central Florida will host the Deacon Summit 2012 Aug. 24-25. Speakers for the event include Pastor Clayton Cloer, former SBC President Jim Henry, author Diana Davis and comedian Aaron Wilburn. The conference begins with dinner Friday at 6 p.m., and ends with lunch Saturday at 1 p.m. For registration information, call 407-293-4571 or go to www.fbccf.net.


Westside Baptist Church in Jacksonville will host “A Gathering of Eagles” Sept. 12-13. Speakers for the event include retired pastors and evangelists: Bill Stafford, Jerry Vines, Bailey Smith and Junior Hill. For more information, call 904-781-0618, or go to www.wbcjax.com. First Baptist Church in Orange Park will sponsor the 10th annual Battle Ready Adventure at Horn’s Creek Resort in Ocoee, Tenn., Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Men of all ages and boys grades 4-8, with an adult chaperone, are invited. Activities include paintball, fishing, canoeing, rock climbing and swimming. For more information, call 904-264-2351 or go to www.realmanhood.org. First Baptist Church in Jacksonville will host the Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra in concert Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 904-596-3062 or go to www.floridaworship.org.


Sparta Road Baptist Church in Sebring has called Mark McDowell as pastor. He previously served First Baptist Church of Linden in Webster. McDowell is a graduate of Faith Bible Institute in Monroe, La., and Jacksonville Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Darlene, have three daughters and six grandchildren.


The Hearts of Hope Widows’ Ministry of Indian Rocks Baptist Church in Largo will host “A Night of Fun and Fashion” Sept. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Center. For more information, call 727-595-3421, or go to www.indianrocks.org.



First Baptist Church in Brandon will host a marriage conference, “Love Worth Fighting For,” September 14 at 7 p.m. Actor Kirk Cameron will speak and Warren Barfield will lead worship. For more information, call 813-689-1204 or go to www.fbcbrandon.org. Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon has called Jeff Meyer as executive pastor. He, his wife, Elizabeth Stuart, and three children moved to Brandon from Raleigh, N.C., where he served Bay Leaf Baptist Church seven years. He is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He previously served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.


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