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New Tampa church expands into Wesley Chapel

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Published:   |   Updated: September 5, 2013 at 08:25 AM

The LifePoint Church in New Tampa is on the move again, adding a third campus ministry in less than two years.

This time, the congregation at 8702 Hunter Lake Drive is extending its outreach program to Sand Pine Elementary School at 29040 County Line Road in Wesley Chapel.

It marks the second time LifePoint Church members have taken their message of faith to south Pasco County.

More than 200 people attended the first Sunday service Aug. 18, said Rob Baer, LifePoint’s communications director and the South Tampa campus ministry leader.

Stephanie White, the wife of LifePoint Senior Pastor Brad White, will serve as the Wesley Chapel campus ministry leader.

“We had a great opportunity to go into that neighborhood,” Baer said, referring to Meadow Pointe, a sprawling subdivision stretching north and east of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and County Line Road.

“That neighborhood is growing so quickly . We wanted to capitalize on the growth.”

The congregation has been opportunistic about spreading its message far beyond the Bruce B. Downs Boulevard corridor since its debut 13 years ago.

The nondenominational, contemporary Christian church also has outreach programs under way in South Tampa and New Port Richey.

“We want to continue our vision for there not to be an area more than 10 to 15 minutes from a LifePoint Church,” Baer said.

Founded in October 2000 as a refuge for people who had given up on church, LifePoint Church has attracted hundreds of area families to its vibrant, high-energy worship services.

Weekend attendance averages about 1,500 people at the 48,800-square-foot main campus building east of Bruce B. Downs and south of Cross Creek Boulevard.

LifePoint briefly launched a Wesley Chapel ministry supported by members from the New Tampa campus several years ago.

Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. in the cafeteria at Sand Pine Elementary.

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