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

At Idlewild College Ministry we seek to help college students take their first step with Jesus, or their next step. We offer many opportunities for college students to get plugged in and pushed to grow in their walk with Jesus. This is a safe place, from the student who grew up in church all of their life to the skeptic who comes with many questions. We hope you can join our family here at Idlewild! Check out how to get involved below, and follow us on Instagram for up to date information!

ICM Nights

Tues – 8:00pm – Idlewild Student Building – Fall & Spring Semester


Our weekly gathering that meets on campus at Idlewild Church. During the Fall & Spring semesters we meet here for a time to hang, praise and worship, and hear a message from the Bible. The service is college age specific, and is a great time to get to meet other college students in the area!

Summer Outreach

Tues – 6:00pm – Idlewild Student Building – Summer Semester


During the summers, Idlewild College Ministry transitions from a time of gathering to a time of scattering. We meet at 6pm on the Idlewild campus, where we break into teams to serve across our community. This includes things such as widow visits, street evangelism, VBS for inner city kids, and many more opportunities. We love that we get to serve our community! Contact Erin Smithson at 813-264-8797 to get plugged into a Ministry Team, or just show up!

Sunday Gatherings

Sun – 9:15am Service & 11am Small Group – Idlewild


Come out on Sunday’s to join the whole church in a time of worship and to hear from our Pastor! We meet for service at 9:15am, and head over to the Loft for small groups at 11:00am. We offer guys and girls classes, and aim to create a safe environment for college students to come and learn about Jesus and grow in their walk!

College Bible Fellowship Groups are a safe place where you will be known, cared for, and challenged to grow in your faith

Summer City Groups

Sun – 6:00-7:00pm – Panera Brread – 6/2-6/30


We believe that community is greater than isolation, and that everyone needs to belong to community!  The gatherings are college student led, run from 6:00pm-7:00pm, and are centered around the book of James. This time is a time to hang, and have open dialogue about the Bible with college age peers.


To find a group, sign up below! A Group leader will reach out to you shortly after.


Transitioning into adulthood can be tough and it can be really tough without wise counsel. It’s been said if you are facing something new, follow someone old.  Our church is full of wise people who are eager to come alongside you for a year, share their life with you, and help you navigate through the transition of adulthood. Don’t wait another day before jumping into a discipleship relationship.

Things college students are looking for:

Your time.

Your heart.

Your attention.

And connection with community.

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  • May 18th from 11 - 3 pm...

  • God is on a move in Idlewild College Ministry, and we believe He is just getting started. We could never reach God’s preferred future for our ministry without strong leadership. If you have a desire to be apart of something bigger than yourself, be developed as a leader, and selflessly......

  • Grab your girls and meet us at 7 P.M. for Girls Night! We will be meeting at the putting green for instagram worthy photo booths, worship, and a message! We will then move into hall 2 for a huge game night. Each girl will have a chance to win some......

  • This is a spiritual retreat for the college age. It will be a time to worship, engage Christ through His word, and empower students to take their next step with Christ. This two night cabin retreat includes all meals and camp activities! Choose from paintball, riverboat cruise or canvas painting!......

Our Team

Kelly Knouse

Kelly Knouse

Minister -Next Gen (813-264-8797)

Jay Sanders

Minister - College (813-264-8754)

Erin Smithson

Student Ministry Assistant (813-264-8797)

There are plenty of opportunities to serve in our College ministry