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

  • Are you a Character volunteer or tour guide for the Sunday, 12/16 Christmas VBS from 9:15am-12:15pm? Mark your calendar for THIS SUNDAY (12/2) from 12:30-1pm in the ARK ROOM (122) for a brief training on what to do. 40 more Tour Guides are still needed to serve ONLY one service......

  • Kids Church aimed at TODAY’s KIDS! 4 Weeks of competition between Space Ninjas & Pirate Squirrels. Digging deep into God’s Word and hiding it deep in kid’s hearts. Worship Worship Worship … yep, your kids need to be here. Sundays at 9:15 & 11:00am for K-5th graders....

  • Sunday, December 16, from 9:15am-12:15pm. It’s a “one day Christmas VBS” with all the exciting rotations too! YES… Kids can come dressed in “biblical time” outfits. Yes, you “can” arrive at 11:00am but your kids will miss out on some of the rotations (but they’ll live). Yes, you “can” leave......

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)

Linda Epperson

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

Gena Taylor

Administrative Assistant - Children's Ministry (813-264-8798)

Andy Schelb

Minister – Children's Discipleship (813-264-8719)

Karen Anderson

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

Jennifer Preston

VBS Registration Coordinator (813-264-8768)

Karen Chalfant

Lead VBS Volunteer Coordinator (813-264-8780)

Sharon Jones

VBS Volunteer Coordinator (813-264-8780)

Jayme Winter

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

Sabrina Baker

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