What happens after high school? A LOT!!! Everything changes. That being said, our Collegiate Ministry is NOT "13th Grade." Many of our young adults are part-time or full-time students in college or university, while also working. Others have entered full-time into the work-force and are seeking to make ends meet. Some are serving our nation in the military. There are many options for young adults in our community and we seek to connect with all, in the many avenues of life.
Our Collegiate & Young Adult Ministry is focused on glorifying God and bringing men and women together in community for His sake.


We have three Sunday morning worship services and two small group hours. Adults are welcome to attend the small group of their choice, just know that the majority of our college students attend the 9:15am worship service that meets in the Family Ministry Center and then stay for small group at 10:45am.


During the fall and spring semesters, we offer small group studies on Wednesday evenings at 6pm on the church campus.


One of the greatest way to connect and be a part of a growing community is to attend one of our Sunday evening home groups. Our spring groups have just ended, but we will begin again in the fall. These groups meet in area homes and have no more than twenty per group. In most cases, there will be a group near you. Food is often provided and a fun study based on "storying" the Bible (yes, this will be different than a typical Bible study class) that encourages interaction and is open to all types of questions and those things that bother you when you read a story. These groups have proven to be great "first contact" groups for collegians and young adults, especially those who really aren't into church.


We also take advantage of the ministry of "having fun" together. This may be a trip to the beach or to Kingsley Lake, or maybe floating down the Ichetucknee River. Sometimes, it's bowling, game night in the gym, miniature golf, or just going to dinner and a movie. Most often these events are promoted in our small group and through social media.


To live as community means more than just gathering together every now and then. It means to live on mission together. Our group seeks to find places in our community to make a difference. In addition to local projects, we have short-term mission trips to places like Haiti, Wales and Canada. . .as well as other locations. 


Nik Whitener has been a member of FBCOP for years and recently, after surrendering to full-time Christian service, was asked to serve as our Minister to Collegians and Young Adults. 

He works full time as a Clay County firefighter as well as serving in ministry here. He is married to Mandy and they have three daughters and one son.


Many of our students are attending college and university, either locally or in other cities around Florida and the nation. We strongly encourage our students to get involved in the local Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) in their region or at their campus. Below are links to the BCM sites in Florida.