Bell Shoals Baptist Church has been ministering to the Brandon community for more than 50 years. The church’s influence has expanded into other areas with campuses in Apollo Beach, Tampa and Riverview, along with the addition of a Hispanic congregation to its Brandon campus. With approximately 8,000 members distributed among the different locations, Bell Shoals Baptist Church remains united as one church under the headship of Jesus Christ.

In order to keep pace with the recent growth in Riverview, the Bell Shoals Baptist’s Riverview campus is relocating from Sessums Elementary School to a permanent facility. The first Sunday service in the new building is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 6. The new location is at 9990 South US Hwy 301, Suite 10024 and is only a few miles from the school.

With a mission to follow Jesus, love people and make disciples, the new facility provides greater visibly and accessibility to care for the needs of the Riverview community.

Bell Shoals Baptist’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Stephen Rummage, said, “With the growth of the Riverview area we needed to find a space that we could use to minister to the community throughout the week.”

Dr. Rummage continued, “I am hopeful that this facility will help us make an even stronger connection with those living in Riverview in the days to come.”

An official grand opening celebration is planned at the new location for Sunday, November 4. The free family event is open to the community and will feature food, games and more.

“This new facility is a sign of our commitment to the Riverview community to continue to provide the life-changing truth of the gospel,” said Kyle Norton, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church at Riverview Campus. “We do this by offering a welcoming community, loving relationships and relevant and truthful teaching from the Bible.”

Pastor Norton said that first-time visitors would experience a casual, band-driven service at 11 a.m. with LIFE groups (small Bible study groups) beginning at 9:30 a.m. for all ages.

“Though we are excited about moving to our new facility, we are extremely grateful for Sessums Elementary School and the blessing they have been to us for almost two years in hosting us as a campus,” said Pastor Norton. Visit, its Facebook page or call 689-4229.

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Amanda Boston is the Christian Voice Editor for the Osprey Observer. She is a graduate of Bible Training for Church Leaders (BTCL), who enjoys sharing how God is working in and through the community. Amanda resides in FishHawk with her husband and two children.