Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2


Are children the church of tomorrow, or are they part of the church of today? While kids are still learning and growing that doesn’t mean they are in a spiritual holding tank until they grow up. Children who have accepted Christ are part of the church today. People who haven’t yet received the Lord are the church of tomorrow.


Idlewild believes you don’t have to grow up to serve God. Many kids in the Bible accomplished feats for God before they ever grew up (Samuel, Josiah, David, etc…). I Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child, when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” This verse tells us that adults and children speak differently, think differently, and reason differently. If an adult is to be effective at ministering to a child the adult must enter the child’s world, speak their language of fun, and relate Biblical truth on their level. That’s what we aim to do at Idlewild Baptist Church.


Bible Fellowship Groups, Kidz Cove Kids Church, Awana, and Worship Quest. These are not four separate programs but rather they represent the four-step process we use to move your child from newcomer to disciple.

There are plenty of opportunities to serve in Children’s ministry

Latest Updates

  • I can’t believe it! This is it…the grand finale! We’ll be making ‘Human Sundaes’ out of a few of our favorite Awana leaders. THEN, we end the night with the Awana Buck Store. *BRING your Awana bucks…they will NOT be……

  • Sunday, April 2 It’s the last night to qualify for the ‘Human Sundae’ contest. Your child will need to say a total of 6 sections between 3/19, 3/26, & 4/2 to qualify. T&T – We’ll be walking thru the Seder……

  • Register your child to attend AND yourself to volunteer for this awesome adventure at *Are you an Idlewild member and want your preschooler to experience VBS? Be a volunteer! VBS is Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 from……

Awana Clubs

Awana Clubs

Kidz Cove

Kidz Cove

Protecting Your Child

How does Idlewild provide safety and security for my child when I’m attending the worship service or a Bible Fellowship class?

Through use of a computerized check-in system, each child is given a name tag containing his room number and any special allergy alert. The parents receives two copies of a matching security tag containing the security number only. This security tag is used to pick up the child. No child is released without this security tag. Parents and guardians are asked to wear this tag whenever you are in our children’s building.

How are teachers and volunteers screened?

We require all volunteers to submit to a thorough background investigation screening. All volunteers are approved by our leadership prior to being trained to serve with children.

How will you reach me if my child needs me?

If you are in the Worship Center, your child’s security code will be displayed in the lower corner of the IMAG screen. For parents attending an adult Bible Fellowship class, your personal cell phone may be called.

Our Team

Patrick Newbill

Patrick Newbill

Minister – Children (813-264-8728)

Gena Taylor

Administrative Assistant – Children’s Ministry (813-264-8740)

Linda Epperson

Director – Children’s Ministry (813-264-8740)

Michelle Munsch

VBS Registration Coordinator (813-264-1515)

Sabrina Spivey

4th and 5th Grade Coordinator (813-264-8705)

Karen Chalfant

VBS Volunteer Coordinator (813-264-8780)

Karen Anderson

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Coordinator (813-264-1515 ext. 2022)

Jayme Winter

Resource Room and 3rd Grade Coordinator (813-264-8708)