About Us

Our Mission

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

Our Purpose

Since 1884, Florida Baptist Witness has been the newspaper of the Florida Baptist State Convention. Published 24 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 Staff


  Kevin Bumgarner - Executive Editor

Michael Smith - Associate Editor
Carolyn Nichols - Panhandle Reporter
Nicole Kalil - North/Central Florida Reporter
Keila Diaz - South Florida Reporter

Kathy Curtin - Ministry Assistant
Joan Keahon - Circulation
Anna Barlow - Intern



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):

Randy Huckabee (Dade City), chairman; Luis Aranguren (Pembroke Pines); *Dennis Baxley (Ocala); *Deborah Brunson (Jacksonville); Shelly Chandler (Bonifay); Freddy Davis (Tallahassee); James Dubois (Waldo); *Randy Knepper (Orange Park); Jim Locke (Pensacola); *David Moore (Ocala); Darrell Orman (Stuart); Patrick Pfrimmer (Crestview); John Rollyson (Marianna); Bradley Smith (New Port Richey). 

Our Schedule

The Witness is published on a bi-weekly basis printing two issues every month.

Our scheduled issue dates for 2014 are: January 16 & 30; February 6 & 20; March 6 & 20; April 3 & 17; May 1 & 22; June 5 & 26; July 3 & 31; August 14 & 28; September 11 & 25; October 9 & 23; November 6 & 20; December 4 & 18. 


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