• Welcome

    Glad you are here

    First Baptist Melbourne is a caring congregation that welcomes everyone. We want you to discover the joy that we share when we come together to worship God in spirit and in truth. If you are planning to visit on a Sunday morning, here are some hints to help you find your way around and know what to expect.


    Please click the little boxes below or scroll to the left or to the right for more information on visiting First Baptist!

  • Visiting?

    Making Disciples Here & Everywhere for the Glory of God.

    On your first visit, look for our “Visitor Parking” spaces at the west and north sides of the building. If you have small children you may want to park on the east side of the building by our preschool entrance for your convenience. Friendly folks will be ready to greet you at all of our major entrances and escort you to the sanctuary for worship. They can also help you identify a small group Bible study class where you can connect with others, and escort you to that class’ meeting location.  

  • Worship

    Making Disciples Here & Everywhere for the Glory of God.

    Worshiping our Savior together is a core value for us and is a highlight of our week! Our two morning services are identical in style and are led by our Praise Team, Worship Choir and Orchestra. Because we believe God has spoken to us through His Word, we also place great emphasis in our services on faithful Bible preaching.


    8:30 am

    Worship Center

    10:00 am

    Worship Center

    11:30 am

    Worship Center

  • Children

    Making Disciples Here & Everywhere for the Glory of God.

    First Baptist is a family church and we want to do everything we can to help your children and students connect with God and grow in their faith. We think that happens best when families worship together with their children 1st grade and up. (Don’t worry, we know kids make noise!) While parents attend adult Bible study, we have exciting classes available for children of all ages. Students in 7th-12th grade typically attend the first worship service with their families (9 AM) and meet together in our student center for Bible study during the latter worship hour (10:40 AM). Hosts are available at all the entrances to help you navigate the halls and find these various locations.  

  • Location

    Making Disciples Here & Everywhere for the Glory of God.

    We are a body of believers that meets in two locations in Melbourne and Palm Bay. You’ve been reading about our Melbourne campus located at 3301 Dairy Road in Melbourne. Click on the map to the right for driving directions to our Melbourne Campus.


    To learn more about our Bay West Church campus meeting in Palm Bay, click on the Bay West Campus link on the top right of this page or visit baywestchurch.org . If you need further help in locating either campus, please feel free to call us at 321.723.0561 or email us at reception@fbcmel.org . We look forward to your visit and hope you find First Baptist a place you can call home!


Senior Adults

Welcome to First Baptist Seniors 

Leading the Way and Leaving a Legacy 


Our goal matches our church mission statement – making disciples here and everywhere for the glory of God! Our seniors are on the front lines of ministry in our church and community. We want to lead the way by the example of our lives, participation in our groups, and ministry to the church and community. We want to leave a legacy of faithfulness and fruitfulness in the kingdom while having fun along the way. 


If you are a senior adult (and willing to admit it!), we invite you to come and join us. The senior years have many opportunities and challenges. We do not go on this journey alone. As we learn from the Lord and lean upon each other, we are stronger together. Some can be very active and some are becoming less active. We have several ministry opportunities for our seniors and to our seniors at all stages.  


If I can help you get connected to our senior adults, please e-mail me at dennis@fbcmel.org or call 321-723-0561. 


Dennis Smith 
Disciple-Making and Senior Adults Pastor 





Upcoming calendar 

GriefShare: Your Journey from Mourning to Joy 
In Progress...

The death of a family member or friend is devastating. Christians have the promises of God’s word and the fellowship of fellow believers for comfort and encouragement. GriefShare is meeting on  Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM in WC 115 on February 2nd. Elissa Collins and Bob Magee are the facilitators. 


Senior Adult Luncheon

February 24

Join us for a great lunch, fellowship, and a guest speaker. Liana Hotusing with Vitas Healthcare will share about "Five Wishes" - a customized list of your future wishes, which is so important to you and your family. We will have a taco bar with all the trimmings and fruit pie for dessert. Pre-registration is needed in the church office by February 20. Cost is $6 and can be paid at the luncheon.


Mount Dora Trip
March 10

Mount Dora is a quaint little town in Central Florida that we like to visit.  They have some unique little stores to shop in on the main street and several restaurants.  We know that not everyone likes to shop so here are a few options for non-shoppers as well. 


1.  Two-hour Pontoon Boat Tour

The tour includes the famous Dora Canal which has been described as "the most beautiful mile of water in the world."  Bald eagles, herons, turtles, and alligators are all common sightings during the tour.  The cost of this cruise is $28.


2.  Mount Dora Museum of Speed

Your visit to this ultimate man cave is a chance to relive the past and enjoy some of America's finest classic muscle cars.  The cost of this museum is $15.


Please register in the church office with your preferred activity by March 6.  Lunch will be on your own in your favorite restaurant in Mount Dora.  We will leave the church at 8:30 AM and return late-afternoon.


Spring Fling

March 17

Our theme this year is Motown.  We have contracted with the Music Makers out of Lakeland as our performing group.


The dinner starts at 6 PM and we will offer the choice of beef tenderloin or chicken Marsala as our entrees with mashed potatoes, green beans, croissants, mixed salad, and chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.  Sara Rhodes will perform beautiful piano music as background music during dinner.


This evening is always a special one and our attire is semi-formal, but if you would like to wear something from this era in time, it is always welcome.  We will have some photographers available to take pictures for the evening.


Tickets for the evening are $15 and may be purchased starting February 23 in the church office Monday-Friday.  They may also be purchased on February 26, March 5, and March 12 at Registration Center A from 9:45-10:05 AM and from 11:15-11:35 AM.  The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 13.   So let's get ready to have a wonderful evening with great food, fellowship and entertainment.



Save the Date

April 1 - Senior Picnic

April 2 - Senior Adult Recognition
April 7-8 - The story of Moses and Solomon's Castle
May 6 - Cocoa Village Playhouse to see Mary Poppins and dinner
May 12 - Lakeland Florida Baptist Children's Home
May 26 - Senior Adult luncheon 


Serving Seniors 

Patchwork of Grace


Disaster Relief

Bus Drivers for Sunday mornings and senior adult trips

Senior Adult leadership team 

Facilities and Grounds



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Senior Adult Groups 

Life Groups 

Life Groups are small groups of up to 16 people that focus on sermon application, focused discipleship training, your own spiritual health plan, service, and discipling others. They meet weekly at a variety of times at church, in homes, and in other locations. You may attend either or both a life groups and a Sunday School group. For many of our seniors, life groups are a new experience and after being in a group really like the sharing and closeness a small group provides. It offers a different experience than Sunday morning Bible study groups. 


Group Time Day Location Leader Contact
JOY 6:30 PM Monday Game Room Bob Pisle rpisle@cfl.rr.com
Smith 6:30 PM Tuesday W. Melbourne Dennis Smith dennis@fbcmel.org
His Followers 9:30 AM Wednesday ED 106-107 Cyndi Bushaw cbushaw8@gmail.com
Benz 7 PM Thursday NW Palm Bay Stephen Benz sbpub@cfl.rr.com
Koinonia 7 PM Thursday WC 115 John Lackey johnlack65@gmail.com



Sunday School 

Sunday School provides Bible teaching, fellowship, ministry, and service. Groups meet concurrently with our morning worship services so you may attend before or after worship. Our groups have a variety of ages so even younger Bible study groups have seniors in them. Find the group where you connect best. 


8:30 am Groups 

Group Location Leader Contact
Truth Seekers FH 102-103 Larry Bazer larrybazer@cfl.rr.com
Early BIrds WC 108 Julian Pharis jpharis@cfl.rr.com
Sonrise WC 115 Johnny Goins goinsxtwo@aol.com
Spirited WC 118/119 
Chuck & Peggy Pruitt    
Grace ED 126 Nelda Wilbanks neldawilbanks@yahoo.com
Explorers ED 118/119 Nick Herren nick@herren.com



10:00 am Groups 

Group Location Leader Contact
Salt & Light    
FH 102-104A

        Phil Couey

        Dale Tyler

Redeemed WC 109

        Ralph Thomas

        Rich Heindl

Antioch WC 115         Ron Smith      rsmith09@cfl.rr.com

Making disciples here & everywhere for the glory of God