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 amazing 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 here at Idlewild.


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

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Latest Updates

  • JumpStart “new believers class” for K-5th grade kids is a ground level class for kids to confirm the decision they’ve already made to follow Christ. It’s a two week class that’s required prior to baptism at Idlewild. A parent is required for week 1 and encouraged for week 2. It’s......

  • SUNDAY, Sept. 8 – Awana 4:30-6:00pm Friend night/Crazy Glasses and Mustache Night – Bring a friend or a dozen get extra Awana bucks! Bring a friend for a TON of Awana bucks Wear crazy glasses and/or a mustache and win more with the chance of CANDY!...

  • It’s “Grandparents Day” in the kids ministries of IBC this coming Sunday (9/8). *Bring a grand (or stand in) to church. They can come to the kids small group or Kidz Cove or both!...

  • What kid doesn’t love hamming it up in front of a camera from time to time? During the “Snapshot” series in September, K-5th grade kids will be encouraged to do just that. By striking different fun and creative poses throughout the lessons, kids will help tell the stories of the......

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 computer check-in system, each child is given a name tag containing his room number and any special allergy alert. Parents receive 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)

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)

Ginger Knowles

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