Our Mission & Vision

This body of believers currently meets in Ft. Lauderdale about 1.7 miles east of I-95 just off of Sunrise Blvd; which is just the “headquarters” for the real ministry that happens here.

As a culturally diverse body of believers we think we are wonderfully suited to meet the needs of our South Florida Community.


Jesus said “Love the Lord, thy God, with all your heart, mind, soul and body” and “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

Our passion and goal is to love God and love people, while holding fast to Biblical truths.  We are a Southern Baptist Church and are committed to supporting our local Gulfstream Baptist Association, the Florida Baptist Convention as well as national Southern Baptist Convention.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, the absolute inerrancy of scripture, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer, the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

lbClear3Pastor Larry Brister, Senior Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Larry has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. Saved by faith in Jesus Christ in 1960, he served at  Living Hope Church in virtually every capacity for 22 years.
From greeter to usher; Sunday school teacher, deacon, Head of Deacons, Associate Pastor and Sr. Pastor.
Pastor Larry was ordained as a deacon on October 5th 1998, licensed as a Minister of the Gospel on August 8th, 2001, ordained as a Pastor on September 30th 2007 and  served as Sr Pastor of Living Hope Baptist Church from July 21, 2013 through July 1st 2018. On July 8th 2018 he became pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church through a merger with Living Hope.

 He and his wife of 46 years Ruth Ann have two children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Feel free to contact Pastor Larry through our online form or our FaceBook page.


lbClear3Pastor Carol Vidal, Spanish Ministry Pastor

Pastor Carol and the Spanish Ministry, “Centro de Conferencias Vida Nueva”  joined Living Hope Church on September 28, 2014 with a 100% consensus of both congregations. Pastor Carol has a deep love for Christ and has served Him from a very young age. He and his wife of 30 years, Fanny have three daughters. We are so excited to have Pastor Carol on our team!


Worship Leader Jamie Toro

 Having faithfully served with our worship team for many years,  in July of 2013 Jamie began serving as our Worship Leader. Her heartfelt desire is that people come into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Truth. Hope. Compassion. Love. These are just a few themes that Jamie desires to communicate through music each week.


What we believe: