About our Church

Our Story

In the spring of 2013 a group of four families, along with the WagenerSmith family, began praying about planting a new church in Wesley Chapel. After a process of visioning, discipleship, and ministry in the community, LifeSpring Adventist Church launched its first official worship gathering on the campus of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel on February 6, 2014. After outgrowing that space, we now rent from Vida Church on Saturdays as we expand our ministry to the community. God continues writing a good story as we see the expansion of ministry both here in Tampa Bay and beyond. Together, we are making passionate Christ followers as we Gather, Grow, and Go.

Our Mission

Making passionate Christ followers as we gather with God, grow with others, and go to serve.

Our Values

Gospel-Centered

From what we teach to how and why we serve, it all centers on the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ.

Intentional

We deliberately connect with others, fostering a sense of family and development in discipleship.

Outward-Focused

The goal of church is to fill the community with the presence of Christ, nor merely a building with people. Think round-a-bout not cul-de-sac.

Authentic

While you can pretend to not be yourself to others, you cannot be anything but your authentic self before God.

Generous

Because Christ died for us, we are free to generously live for him through our time, talents, and resources.

Celebration

Affirming one another, recognizing milestones, laughter and fun…it’s all a part of the joy Christ offers.

Inclusive

We communicate for and welcome those of diverse cultural, religious, and non-religious backgrounds.

Engaging

We create simple processes that challenge everyone to engage with service both on a ministry and in everyday life.

Innovative

Yesterday’s successes become today’s traditions. We adapt what we do to best fulfill the purpose of making passionate Christ followers.

Nurturing

We listen and invite others into relational environments.

Our Beliefs

Seventh-Day

Sabbath
  • God invites us every week into a restorative time to celebrate Him as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier.  On the Sabbath we rest from our works to focus upon God’s works on our behalf (Ex. 20:11; 31:13-17; Deut. 5:15; Heb. 4:1-11).
Creation & Stewardship
  • We are created with dignity and value, in the image of a loving God (Genesis 1-2).
  • Since God is creator, we are called to care for the earth as careful stewards of His gifts including our time, talents, bodies, and finances (Gen. 1:26-30, 1 Cor. 6:14; 12:1-11; 1 Chron. 29:14).

Adventist

Second Coming of Jesus
  • The return of Jesus will be worldwide, visible, personal, and is immanent.  In light of this reality, we are called to a life of mission and spiritual preparedness (Matt. 24-25; 2 Pet. 3:10-11; Titus 2:13; Rev. 14:6-12).
Death and Resurrection
  • When we die we have no conscious thoughts or plans. We sleep in the grave until the great resurrection at the second coming. Since there is life only in Christ, God does not punish without end those who live life apart from Him. It’s the results of the punishing, not the actual punishment that are eternal (Gen. 2:17; John 3:16; Eccl. 9:5; 10; 1 Cor. 15:20-23; Rev. 20; Jude 7).

Christian

Salvation
  • We are saved by God, not as a result of our own efforts, but by grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9).
Trinity
  • There is one God, a unity of three co-eternal persons. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet made known through His divine self-revelation (Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19; 1 Pet. 1:2).
Scripture
  • We have no creed but the Bible. All 66 books are the inspired word of God, lead us to Himself, and are the standard by which all beliefs must be tested (2 Pet. 1:20; 2 Tim. 3:16; Is. 8:20).

LifeSpring is a part of the global Seventh-day Adventist Church family.

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Meet the Team

Pastors

  • ANTHONY WAGENERSMITH
    ANTHONY WAGENERSMITH PASTOR
  • ETHAN WOODARD
    ETHAN WOODARD ASST. PASTOR

Elders

  • JUSTIN EVANS
    JUSTIN EVANS CONNECTION
  • LESLIE OPUTA
    LESLIE OPUTA WORSHIP GATHERING
  • AMY JACOBS
    AMY JACOBS OUTREACH
  • BRIAN ADAMS
    BRIAN ADAMS LIFESPRING KIDS
  • BILL HEINRICH
    BILL HEINRICH FINANCE

Ministry Leaders

  • GIANCARLO BANUCHI
    GIANCARLO BANUCHI HIGH SCHOOL
  • JAMES SANTANA
    JAMES SANTANA 5TH - 8TH
  • JENNI BANGKUAI
    JENNI BANGKUAI BEGINNERS 0-3
  • JEANETTE SANTANA
    JEANETTE SANTANA KINDERGARTEN
  • TASHA HEINRICH
    TASHA HEINRICH PRIMARY (1st-4th Grade)
  • NICOLE NEWMYER
    NICOLE NEWMYER LIFESPRING KIDS
  • JOHN WINTERROWD
    JOHN WINTERROWD VIDEOGRAPHY
  • RYAN WILLIS
    RYAN WILLIS TECH TEAM
  • AL NEGRETE
    AL NEGRETE WEB DESIGN
  • GARLA JOHNSON
    GARLA JOHNSON TREASURER
  • GILBERT RIVERA
    GILBERT RIVERA SETUP & TAKEDOWN
  • LESLIE OPUTA
    LESLIE OPUTA MUSIC MINISTRY "INTERIM"
  • RUTH DALEY
    RUTH DALEY CONNECT TEAM
  • KARLA SKINNER
    KARLA SKINNER MEMBERSHIP
  • ETHAN WOODARD
    ETHAN WOODARD GROW GROUPS
  • AMY JACOBS
    AMY JACOBS GO 813 "INTERIM"