The South Florida Baptist Association is an association of Southern Baptist Church in Western Polk County, Florida.
The South Florida Baptist Association began in 1867. Originally, we stretched from Tampa to Daytona and down to the Florida Keys and were the southernmost association in Florida. Over the years, the population of South Florida grew and other associations broke away.
Now the South Florida Baptist Association Covers the Western half of Polk County. Polk County is located between Tampa and Orlando. We are almost 80 churches that partner together to reach the western half of Polk county. The cities we serve include Polk City, Kathleen, Lakeland, Bartow, Mulberry, Homeland, Ft. Meade and Bradley Junction.
Our mission is to serve the churches of the South Florida Baptist Association. We work together to see the lost in Polk County come to know Christ. We provide the churches with leader training, ministry support, mission opportunities, and support for new works.
Our team is ready to serve you.
Dr. Richard Williamson
Director of Missions
Richard Williamson is the Director of Missions. He is married to Bethany Williamson. They have three children, Porter, Lydia, and Clara. Richard has a B.A. in Theology from The Baptist College of Florida, M. Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has his D. Min from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before becoming the D.O.M. he was a pastor in the association for ten years.
Missions Development Director
Matt has served as our Missions Development Director since January 2015. He also serves as Pastor of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Lakeland. Matt is married to his wife of 22years, Shauna, and has five wonderful kids (Scott, Madison, Tyler, Lauren, and TJ). He graduated from The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Southeastern University with a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Theological Studies program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an avid Miami fan (Dolphins, Hurricanes, and Heat)!!
Ashley Johnson serves as Financial Secretary in the office. She is married to Dakota Johnson (Youth Pastor at FBC Imperial Lakes). They have a son named Cohen. In her spare time she enjoys fishing and spending time with family. Ashley is in the office on Monday and Thursday from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
Rebecca is married to Andy Frisbie (Youth Pastor at Crestview). They have twins, Elijah and Sadie. She has recently started working here at the Association Office and looks forward to getting to know all the people who come through the door. Her interests are spending time with family, sports, and photography.