By Libby Hopkins

Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Pastor Kevin Cox of Family Worship Center is thrilled his church has brought more people together to worship Jesus Christ since his church started having Sunday service at Spoto High School in Riverview. The church’s first Sunday service was held at the school early last month.

“Family Worship Center was birthed out of a church that was started in 1958 in Tampa,” Pastor Cox said. “There were many years of God doing great things through the ministry but we felt God leading us to plant ourselves closer to an area that didn’t have a church in their community.”

Pastor Cox and his church wanted to be closer to people in need to reach and share the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

In a survey conducted by Mission Insite, Pastor Cox learned that within three to five miles of Spoto High School there are approximately 62,000 people and 58 percent of them were not involved in a church or faith community.

“In Matthew 9:37-38, Jesus looked around and said the harvest is great but the workers are few, but pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the field,” Pastor Cox said. “We have prayed and want to be the workers to reach the harvest. This world is broken but we have hope that is only found in Jesus and we want to share this truth.”

What makes Family Worship Center unique is they are a congregation with a voice of hope and they are known by love.

“What this means is that we share the hope found in Jesus through our words and the love of Jesus by our actions,” Pastor Cox said. “We are a group of people that want to be authentic in how we represent Jesus Christ, not fake or putting on a show, but real people with real worship and real life answers from the word of God.”

To learn more about Family Worship Center, visit or call 626-4600. Family Worship Center meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. at Spoto High School located at 8538 Eagle Palm Dr. in Riverview.

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Libby Hopkins
Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.