Campus Pastor Tim Armstrong will lead Bell Shoals Church’s Riverview campus into its relaunch in spring next year.

Bell Shoals Church is preparing to relaunch its Riverview campus by Easter of 2023 to spread God’s message to the rapidly growing Riverview community. Campus Pastor Tim Armstrong is working to form a core group to relaunch the Riverview campus in a new location with a larger assembly.

The Riverview campus was established six years ago and has spent the last three years in its location just off U.S. Highway 301. With its lease expiring this year, Bell Shoals took the opportunity to relaunch the campus, stepping into a new building and core group of members to help establish the campus.

“We’re kind of in a searching process of what might be the right place to put ourselves in a prime location where the people of Riverview are at,” said Odom about the search for a Riverview campus location.

In November, Bell Shoals began reaching out to its Brandon and Apollo Beach campuses and asking for dedicated members to serve in the core group of about 40 people. The core group will attend meetings over the next few months to form administrative teams for the campus. It hopes to host over 100 people in its congregation when it opens in the spring.

“A lot of the people that were at the Riverview campus … are just as passionate, and they’re part of the core team,” said Executive Pastor Scott Odom.

Armstrong joined Bell Shoals’ staff this year but has decades of ministry experience and church planting experience. Armstrong currently serves as the multisite strategist for Bell Shoals Church, navigating the success of the Brandon and Apollo Beach campuses as well.

“We have six things we’re focused on in ministry, and one of them is we are community-minded. We genuinely care for our community,” said Odom. “Our goal is to plant a church in Riverview that will make a difference in the community, that will be a bright light in the community and that will represent Jesus well.”

For more information on Bell Shoals Church or the relaunch of its Riverview campus, visit the website at or call the church at 813-689-4229.

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