Welcome to Florida Baptist Witness

Florida Baptist Witness publishes Good News about God's work that encourages, enables and exhorts Florida Baptists to exalt God and extend His Kingdom.

Since 1884, Florida Baptist Witness has been the newspaper of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Published 12 times a year with an emphasis on features about the people and ministries of Florida Baptist churches, associations and the state convention, the paper provides a valuable tool for building cooperative ministry among individuals and churches in many diverse settings from the Panhandle to the Keys. The Witness also provides news and information about Southern Baptist ministries across the United States and around the world, as well as discussion of current issues of interest to all Christians.

Our ‘Statement on Editorial Policy’


The Board of Directors of Florida Baptist Witness, as authorized by the Florida Baptist State Convention to establish policies for Florida Baptists’ newspaper, affirms this editorial policy statement to guide the executive editor concerning the mission and objectives of the Witness, and to enhance the operation of the Witness through the exercise of maximum responsible freedom while recognizing this agency’s accountability to Florida Baptists through their State Convention.

Our Board of Directors


Florida Baptist Witness is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the Florida Baptist State Convention. The following are members of the Witness Board of Directors (* indicates layperson):

William "Shelly" Chandler (Bonifay), chairman; Luis Aranguren (Pembroke Pines); *Dennis Baxley (Ocala); *Deborah Brunson (Jacksonville); *Joy Stover (Tallahassee); *Marcellus Marsh (Jacksonville); *Kevon Wilson (Tampa); Erik Cummings (Carol City); *Randy Knepper (Orange Park); *Marc Krevo (Jacksonville); Jim Locke (Pensacola); Darrell Orman (Stuart); Patrick Pfrimmer (Crestview); John Rollyson (Marianna); and James Wigton (Cape Coral).​

Our Schedule


Our scheduled issue dates for 2017 are: Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 30, April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 21

Our Staff


Keila Diaz - Reporter - (305) 724-0544



Nicole Kalil - Reporter - (904) 596-3169



Joan Keahon - Circulation - (904) 596-3165