Church History

Northwest Baptist Church was formed in September 1997 when a group of 20 people met in the home of Nancy Keaton. It was the desire of all present to begin a new work in an area of Manatee County that was most in need. Information that had been received based on a survey conducted by the Florida Baptist Convention, with the help of the local association, that the northwest area of the county  was one of the areas most in need of a new church plant. The decision was also made at the time to call Rev. James M. Metts, Jr. as pastor.

The first worship service was held on September 7, 1997, at the American Red Cross building on 59th Street West, with 44 in attendance. Shortly thereafter, arrangements were made to hold Sunday morning services at King middle School. 

The first baptismal service was held on December 13, 1997 at First Baptist Church of Palmetto. A second baptismal service was held on March of 1998 at Palma Sola Bay Baptist. During the first year a total of 13 were baptized. 

Northwest Baptist Church continued to meet regularly and in January 1998 the church was received into the Manatee Southern Baptist Association under watchcare, becoming fully recognized and accepted into the fellowship of the Association at the annual Meeting on April 22, 1999. 

By the end of the first year, attendance continued to grow and Sunday School classes were begun for adults, youth and children, along with prayer meeting on Wednesday nights. 

With the help of the Florida Baptist Convention, the church purchased eight acres of land on 9th Avenue Northwest in January 1999. 

Rev. Jim Killoran was pastor from 2003 to 2012.   Upon Rev. Killoran's retirement, Dan Sardinas was called as Senior Pastor. He was officially installed as Senior Pastor on May 5, 2013.

God continues to bless Northwest Baptist Church by providing means and leadership for carrying on His work, in addition to a sweet spirit of fellowship and a vision for reaching Manatee County with the message of God's love and grace.