---Upcoming Events

Lakefront Location

Our upcoming Lakefront Location will provide a second location from where the gospel can be preached, missionaries can be sent and the lives of families and singles can be transformed. Our goal is to begin the building process as soon as the funds are received to do so. Find out more.

Fuge Camp Testimony Service With Our Teens

Welcome our Reel Life Students as they return from Fuge Camp. The students will lead our service and will share what God did in their lives while at camp. Sunday, July 29 | 9am.

Family Promise

Family Promise helps families with minor children who have lost their housing. We provide shelter, meals, basic needs, case management, referrals and resources. Contact The Office of the Pastor to volunteer.

Summer Golf League

The golf league is for golfers of any level and is designed to help you get to know other church attenders. To sign up or get questions answered you can call contact The Office of the Pastor.


Back To School Bash

Anchored Kids Ministry Back to School Bash for all First Baptist kids
Kindergarten-5th grade and their families. Sunday, August 12 | 2:15 to 3:30.




We hope you enjoy your online experience and will get a taste of our loving church community. No matter what your background may be, or what season of life you are in, you are welcome here. After browsing the site you may have further questions, we encourage you to contact us. We are here for you! We strive to reach out to an incredible community of people in Sarasota County and to touch the hearts of people everywhere.



Our church celebrates “One Worship” during the summer at 9:00am on Sundays. During the fall and spring the church offers classic worship at 9:00am and a modern worship experience at 10:30 AM. We also gather for worship at 6pm for a traditional worship experience.

 Connection Groups and Venice Discipleship Network


We recognize most people find a church home in a worship service, however, we believe our Connection Groups are where you will find your church family. In times of great joy or great challenges, your Connection Group will be there for you.



Serving our community should be at the heart of every church. Our passion is to get involved in the lives of people who are far from God. First Baptist offers many opportunities for you to serve the community by serving those He loves.




---  Senior Pastor Tom Hodge


“Our heart & soul is to connect people with the living and most powerful God.”

Pastor Tom became a Christian at age 9 in his home church in Gadsden, Alabama. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology at the University of West Florida only to be called by God to switch his fishing from fish to folks. It was then that he pursued and earned a Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Tom served as an Associate Pastor in Kenner and Lafayette, Louisiana. His first pastorate was First Southern Baptist Scottsdale, Arizona. Pastor Tom is married to his high school sweetheart, Tassie. They have been blessed with 4 sons, 3 daughters-in-love, and their newest bundles of joy, a grandson, a granddaughter. Pastor Tom enjoys studying, spending time with his family, fishing and playing golf





---Upcoming Sermons


Fuge Testimony Service | Pastor Micah Murphree


 Sunday, July 22 9am







To Be Announced | Pastor Matt McKenzie

 Sunday, July 29 9am






 Sunday, August  5 9am



--- Sermons

The You You Were Meant To Be | I Peter 1:18-25 | 9am