Missions

We are Sent to Serve

Our purpose goes beyond our own comfort. We are here to serve knowing that isn’t always easy, but willing to do whatever it takes. We get our hands dirty serving side by side with the church from Naples to the Nations.

Naples to the Nations Conference | October 5-9, 2022

Save the date! The Naples to the Nations Conference is a week long gathering of our mission partners and church body. This is our chance to hear stories of life change, to be equipped, for the work of the Kingdom, and to learn how we can support and pray specifically for our missionaries and their work around the world in the name of Jesus.

Love Naples

LOVE Naples is our annual church-wide serve day. We serve in our community in a variety of ways, with teams working alongside local mission partners, doing community clean-up, hosting block parties to share the gospel, and more.

We have a number of smaller LOVE Naples days throughout the year, partnering with St. Matthew’s House for food drives, serving the widows and shut-ins within our church body, and more.

LOVE Naples is a great way to dip your toes into serving! Keep your eyes peeled for local missions opportunities and contact the Missions department for more information on getting involved.

2022 Mission Trips

If you are interested in going on a trip, click on the event below for more information and to register through our Mission IQ system. You can also download the fundraising packet for help on raising financial support for your trip.

Naples to the Nations

We are called to make disciples that make disciples, reaching the world with the gospel from Naples to the Nations. We are blessed to partner with many missionaries and ministries, locally, nationally, and internationally and our Naples to the Nations missions offering supports these partners. This year, we are taking a step of faith and have expanded this offering to $549,500 and we are so excited to see how the Lord will use these resources! Click below to give toward missions and scroll to find more information about each of our missions partners.

Local Partners

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA works to share Christ through sports programs, bible Study huddles, and coach mentoring in area schools. Charlie Weatherbie serves as the Southwest Florida Director

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Florida Baptist Children's Homes

Florida Baptist Children’s Home brings love and compassion to children and families in need all over the state of Florida.

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Good News Clubs (Child Evangelism Fellowship)

After-school Bible clubs are facilitated by First Naples church members in 11 public elementary school and the first middle school club in our county.

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Helps Outreach

A ministry started by members of our church over 20 years ago. They faithfully help the needy and struggling families of Collier County, providing food, clothing, and household items in the name of Jesus. We host two annual food drives and encourage you to call Helps Outreach if you have items to donate

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Into The Jordan

The ministry exist to bring the hope of Jesus to women trapped in the bondage of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in SWFL. They strive to empower survivors, providing life-skill groups, trauma therapy, work-study programs, career coaching, + biblical mentorship.

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Pregnancy Resource Center

This ministry provides council and practical help to women in crisis pregnancies. Clients see ultrasounds of their babies, hear the gospel, and have the opportunity to be discipled.

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Protected Harbor

Funds to operate Christian care homes for developmentally disabled adults in the spirit and compassion if Christ. They currently have two homes in the SWFL area and we have sent a number if teams to help maintain the homes.

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St. Matthew's House

One of the many ministries in the Saint Matthew’s House is the long-term programs for men and women aimed to combat alcohol and drug abuse. Our men’s ministry has had a close relationship with them over the years and First Naples partners with them on a regular basis to host food drives for our community.

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First Naples Ministries

These funds assist out ministries in missions mobilization.

Family + Kids, High School, Middle School, College + 20’s, Potential Projects International, Potential Projects National, Naples To The Nations Conference, Local Missions, Event Truck, Women, Love Naples Outreach, Summer Missions Interns, Men, Disaster Relief, Love Naples Director, Trunk N Treat.

Royal Palm Association

Funds that support the mission work of the association of southern Baptist churches in Collier and Lee counties.

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National Partners

Brian Owen | Grace City Church

Brian leads Grace Church, a church plant in Boston, MA. They are located in the Fenway neighborhood and seek to strategically reach lost college students and young urban professionals throughout the city. God has called them to raise up passionate leaders and healthy churches throughout Boston and New England. They have a desire to see the way Jesus lived faithfully in an urban environment. They have two children, Clare and Judson.

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Brian Hook | Aspire Church

Pastor Brian Hook has served as a minister for 34 years including 3 years as Student Pastor here at First Naples. Brian and his wife, Jessica, serve at Aspire  Church in Tucson, AZ, a church plant that began in January of 2019. Aspire has seen over 70 salvations as well as 40 baptisms and training two couples at Aspire to start new churches in Tucson. This is the second church plant where Brian and Jessica have served as church planters and they have for children Phoenix, Dallas, Noah, + Faith.

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Noah Nemni | The Movement Church

The Movement Church is a multi-ethnic church plant in West Homestead Florida, with the vision to be distinctively different , self-sacrificing, disciples of Christ growing in relationship with Jesus and one another. Noah joined The Movement Church staff in November 2021 to implement vision, equip ministry leaders, and create healthy structures for mission and discipleship. God has called them to a low-income, immigrant community who struggles with lack of education and employment opportunities, and high living cost.

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Rob Wilton | Vintage Church

Rob Wilton is a multi-city movement leader for Christ. He is the founding Pastor of Vintage Church, and a Send City Missionary for the Send Network. After Hurricane Katrina, Rob planted Vintage Church which has reached hundreds for Jesus and he became the New Orleans Saints Chaplain. After a decade of ministry, the Lord called Rob to plant another Vintage Church in Pittsburgh. In less than a year, Vintage Church Pittsburgh launched with hundreds of people in two different locations.

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Mark Rodriguez | Love + UNLTD

LOVE + UNLTD is devoted to showing the city of Miami the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ. Started in 2019, Pastor Mark Rodriguez leads this church as they focus on ministering to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Miami. They desire to partner with people who have the same heart for the forgotten.

In 2021, we were able to support them through our own Vacation Bible School! The kids raised enough funds to purchase and outfit an Event Truck (like ours!) that LOVE + UNLTD now uses for ministry in their community.

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Jason Lankford | Radiant Church

Jason is a native of Texas, served with the IMB as a Journeyman in Sudan and he first encountered church planting during seminary. He and his family have lived in Alaska spending time planting churches. He is currently working with the Salt Network as he prepares to plant again in Syracuse, New York. 2022 is a big year for the Lankfords as they move and settle into Syracuse. Their work will be focused around starting the ministry in the campus of Syracuse University and building small groups throughout the city.

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Andrew Stucker | Redemption Church

Andrew and his wife Erin are Orlando natives and were called to plant Redemption Church is 2021. Andrew is passionate about preaching the Bible in a way that is relatable and engaging and he loves encouraging people to take their next step of faith with Jesus. Andrew and Erin are excited to “return home” to a city and people they love. They are eager to reach all people, with all of Christ, for all of life.

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Prison Fellowship

Prison Fellowship brings restoration to those affected by crime and incarceration by facilitating prisoners’ transformation, supporting their families, and advocating for criminal justice system that reflects the God-given dignity and potential of each life.

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Man In The Mirror

Peter Hone serves as the National Development Director for this national men’s discipleship program. Their vision is to see “every church disciple every man,” raising up godly men to become leaders in their homes, places of work, + churches.

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Hearts With Hands

This is a disaster relief ministry offering not only physical assistance, through providing non-perishable food boxes, water, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, baby supplies, and more, including spiritual care. We partner with Hearts with Hands during Hurricane relief work.

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NAMB Offering (Annie Armstrong)

Joint mission effort of Southern Baptist Churches for the purpose of evangelizing and church planting in North America. Over 5,200 missionaries and planters are supported out of this offering.

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International Partners

Paul Ameen | Middle East

Almost five years after accepting Jesus as his personal savior, from an Islamic background, Paul was concerned with how others, especially Muslims, would hear the truth about Christ, Many have questions and no sound answers. He began using the internet, conferencing tools, groups, and satellite TV to reach the 10/40 window and the Islamic world. Paul’s outreach ministry is now viewed around the globe, teaching apologetics in response to Muslim questions and claims. His goal is to present the truth of Christ with love, revealing the agenda of political Islam for Christian/Western society and Muslims.

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Brant + Kara Bauman | IMB London
Jalil Dawood | World Refugee Care
Doug Dyer | Asia
David + Carleen Heath | Nigeria
Fernando Facioli | Brazil
International Training Center Project
Operation Christmas Child
One More Child / Orphan's Heart
IMB Offering (Lottie Moon)

Meet the Team

Kevin Taylor

Missions Pastor

Tina Platter

Missions + Media Ministry Assistant