Our lead Pastor

Joey Adkins was born and raised in Ruskin, Florida. He married his high school sweetheart, April in 2001. Joey and April have three children. Their oldest son Dakota and their two youngest, twins Liam and Layla. They both attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri where Joey received his BA in Student Ministry and April a BA in Business Administration. In 2011 Joey earned a Masters in Pastoral Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. Joey & April have served in churches in Atlanta, Georgia and Salem, New Hampshire before the Lord brought them back to Tampa in 2007. Pastor Joey had the privilege of serving at The Crossing Church from 2010-2015 where he served as the Grow Pastor before starting the SouthShore Campus. 

In 2015 God began to stir in their hearts their love and passion to see the people in the SouthShore Region filled with the hope of Jesus Christ. In July of 2015 the team of 75 people began holding worship services on Sunday evenings at First Baptist Gillette. In August 2015 Wellspring was able to purchase the former St. John Divine Episcopal Church in Ruskin where they spent the next four weeks renovating and remodeling the space to accommodate the growing congregation. Wellspring held their first services on September 27th, 2015 in their newly renovation space in Ruskin. By September 2016 Wellspring was averaging 700 in attendance each weekend. Wellspring has had a tremendous impact on this community by reaching the lost and giving the hopeless an opportunity to find REAL HOPE! By 2019 Wellspring began to average over 1000 each weekend and it was evident that more space was needed to continue to reach families. By the fall of 2019 Wellspring opened their brand new Worship Center and renovated their existing space for Wellspring Kids & Students. The land adjacent to the west of Wellspring’s property was purchased in May 2019 with plans for a Dream Center and sports complex in the future. It is evident that their passion is to reach the people in the SouthShore Area by embracing the community, serving others and creating a culture driven by the redeeming power of the Holy Spirit.


Wellspring Kids

At Wellspring Kids we believe in training and raising up the NOW generation, not the next generation! We take our job seriously and make sure that every kid has an amazing and memorable experience... Read More

Wellspring Students

Wellspring Students meet every Wednesday Night for Converge from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Read More


Community Groups

By being in a Community Group, you build healthy relationships, grow in your relationship with Jesus, receive care during life’s difficult moments, serve together through Local Projects and you learn how to disciple others. Read More



We believe in demonstrating the LOVE of JESUS to our next door neighbors and to those around the world! Be do this by supporting local and global mission partners, participating in mission trips and through our annual SERVE DAY.

Beliefs & Values

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.