Meeting first in people’s homes, the church began as Davis Islands Community Church (DICC). The worship center was built in 1962, and the church grew as they expanded their property into offices and an education building.


Early in the 1990s, attendance at DICC dropped below 50 people. The leadership knew something needed to be done, so DICC sought to merge with Idlewild Baptist Church. In November 1995, Idlewild Baptist Church – Davis Islands held its first service as Idlewild’s “satellite” campus. On October 1, 1999, the church became an autonomous congregation and incorporated the name Davis Islands Baptist Church.


The steady growth continued for Davis Islands Baptist Church. Under the pastoral leadership of Jeff Parish DIBC realized that they would need more space and sought the Lord for a solution.


In January, Ballast Point Baptist Church experienced the same situation that DICC experienced in the mid-1990s. They sought out Davis Islands Baptist Church for a merger. Through continuing to seek the Lord’s will for the Ballast Point facilities and the need for space, DIBC began a building program.


The leadership decided that the congregation needed an umbrella name that would identify us as a church regardless of the location. The umbrella name South Tampa Fellowship was adopted and two campuses delineated by adding the tags Davis Islands and Ballast Point.


After two capital campaigns, major renovations, demolition, and construction, South Tampa Fellowship moved to a new Ballast Point Campus in November for the next phase of their growth and to reach a new community with the Good News of Christ.


The Davis Islands Campus reopened for services at 11 a.m.


By Easter, the Davis Islands Campus expanded to an additional service at 9:30 a.m.


South Tampa Fellowship began its first strategic partnership with a church plant, Pangrango Baptist Church, in Jakarta, Indonesia. In December, Pangrango became the first international campus of STF.