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


It's a David vs. Goliath story...literally. This week, Kidz Cove kids will hear the story of David vs. Goliath. They'll learn that God is with us and gives us strength, so we can stand up to our fears. ...

We can’t wait to see you at Awana in the new year. We’re working towards so much more Bible memory and fun in the future! See ya 1.12.20 ...

What are you waiting for? A personalized invitation? Here it is. Be sure and register by Wednesday to be entered in the fabulous gift card giveaway! ...

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.

Latest Updates

  • Snowball Battle Royale SUNDAY, November 3 – Awana 4:30-6:00 pm If your kids have said 4 sections in the last 3 weeks then this week they will get to participate in the Snowball Battle Royale! We’ll have more details in your weekly email coming this Thursday! Can’t wait to see......

  • 4th & 5th Tween Leadership Team If your child would like to be on the IBC Tween LEAD team then it’s time to mark your calendar. Sunday, Nov. 3 at 8:15am in room 214 (Yellow Room). A parent must attend with the child for this meeting (to find out what......

  • WE will do anything short of sin to get you here! We want to say a HUGE thank you for being a cheerful serving member of Preschool, Elementary, Kidz Cove, Awana or Special Needs. It’s a FREE LUNCH with extraordinary GIFT CARDS and prizes that you don’t want to miss!......

  • You deserve a break today AND… your kids deserve friends at church!  Sunday, October 27 from 12:30-’till  All families with 2nd graders are invited to lunch together at 17757 Dale Mabry McDonalds (right beside the church on Van Dyke at the Dale Mabry intersection). BONUS: If you buy a Happy......

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)

Andy Schelb

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

Gena Taylor

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

Sharon Jones

Children's Events / VBS Volunteer Coordinator (813-264-8780)

Jayme Winter

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

Karen Anderson

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

Kassie Neely

Children's Events / VBS Participant Coordinator (813-865-9218)
Get involved by serving with us!