Florida Focus
Sep 5, 2012

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Dover Shores Baptist Church has called Will Tummons as full-time pastor. He previously served as bi-vocational pastor/ church planter of Wedgeville Community Church in east Orlando while also working as a utility contractor. He also has served as youth pastor of First Baptist Church of Union Park in Orlando. Tummons is a graduate of Covington Theological Seminary, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and is a student at Atlantic Coast Theological Seminary, Daytona. He and his wife, Wanda, have one daughter. First Baptist Church of Central Florida will host its seventh annual Central Florida Mature Adult Celebration Oct. 8-9. Speakers will include Pastor Clayton Cloer, former SBC president Johnny Hunt, Adrian Rogers Center for Biblical Preaching Dean Bob Pitman and comedian Dennis Swanberg. Musicians for the event include Triumphant, The Collingsworth Family, Kim Collingsworth, Jeff Stice and David Crain. For more information, call 407-293-4571 or go to www.fbccf.net

NEW PASTOR Bill Tummons (left) responds to a series of questions posed by Alan Kozy as part of an Aug. 26 ceremony installing Tummons as pastor of Dover Shores Baptist Church in Orlando. The church’s deacons stand with their new pastor as he is installed. James Fortinberry, former Dover Shores pastor and retired Greater Orlando Baptist Association director of missions, preached on the foolishness of preaching from 1 Cor. 1:21. Photo by James A. Smith Sr.


Northside Baptist Church in Ponce de Leon will celebrate its 65th homecoming Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Baptist College of Florida President Thomas Kinchen will speak and Four Calvary will sing. Lunch will be served after the service. For more information, call 850-836-4470.


The Ladies of Victory Ministry of Fort Caroline Baptist Church will host a Chosen by Grace Conference Sept. 11, 1-4 p.m. The event will feature recording artist/songwriter Eva Kroon Pike, a member of First Baptist at the Mall in Lakeland. For more information, call 904-642-2288, or go to www.fcbcjax.com. The Heart2Heart Ministry of First Baptist Church in Orange Park will host its annual conference for pre-teen girls, “Beautiful,” Sept. 28-29. The free two-day event is for girls in grades 1-6 and their mothers. A concert by Karla Green, a leader of children’s productions, will kick off the event Friday at 7 p.m., and the conference is Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Key­note speaker is Bonnie Gililand, a cancer survivor and pastor’s wife from Tallahassee. For more information, call 904-264-2351, or go to www.opfirst.org


First Baptist Church in Palm Coast has called Ronnie Nielson as associate pastor of worship. Nielson, his wife, Angie, and their three children will move from Pearl, Miss., where he served Park Place Baptist Church 10 years. He is a graduate of Southeast Louisiana University in Hammond; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, Ga.


Hatch Bend Baptist Church in Branford will mark its 150th anniversary in a two-day celebration Sept. 8-9. A Saturday fish fry, beginning at 3 p.m. will feature music, games, inflatables and door prizes. John Sullivan, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, will speak during the Sunday 10:30 a.m. service. Dinner on the grounds will be served. For more information call 386-935-0943.


North Oak Baptist Church in Citrus Springs will begin a Saturday night worship service Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. For more information call 352-489-1688, or go to www.northoakbc.org.



Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville has called Chris McDonald as minister of music and worship. He previously served First Baptist Church in Taylors­ville, Ky. A native of Knox­ville, Tenn., he is a graduate of Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife Hope were married in 2009 in Knoxville.


Immanuel Baptist Church in Pace will host comedienne Chonda Pierce in a performance Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.paceimmanuel.org.


Knights Baptist Church in Plant City will mark its 110th anniversary in homecoming services Sept. 16. Former pastor Marcus Marshall will preach and The Duncan Boys will sing in the 10:30 a.m. service. A covered dish lunch will be served in the fellowship hall. For more information, call 813-752-4972, or go to www.knightsbaptistchurch.com.


Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater will host comedian/vocalist Tim Hawkins in concert Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. in the Worship Center. For ticket information, go to www.timhawkins.net.  

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