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.
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.
Terry has worked at the Association since June 2003. She and her husband, Bill, have been married for 40 years, have two grown children and seven grandchildren. She has been a member of Crestview Baptist Church for 20 years, 12 of which her husband has served as Minister of Education. In her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with family.
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 is working on a D. Min from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before becoming the D.O.M. he was a pastor in the association for ten years.