In Beautiful, Sunny Ocala, Florida (North Central Florida)
A Beautiful Place to Live


Address: 642 NE 20th Street, Ocala, Florida 34470
Telephone 352.622.6680


Heritage Baptist Church has ministries that help people develop a real relationship with Jesus Christ and others. Heritage Baptist Church is a place for people who feel their life is messed up as well as those who are seasoned Christians. It is a place where you can become a co-laborer with other believers and where people can discover the true Saviour, Jesus Christ. Believing that the Bible is the Word of God, Pastor Smith's preaching and teaching is Bible-centered, practical, and encouraging. The Bible is the final authority for faith and living at Heritage.

I Timothy 3:15 - "the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."


  • Pastor's Biographical Statement
  • Meet Pastor Walter B. Smith
  • Our Beginning
  • Our Statement Of Faith
  • Schedule of Services
  • Announcements
  • Pastor Smith's Blog
  • What's Happening at Heritage Baptist Church?
  • Missionaries We Support
  • Listen to or Download Sermons. Listen to Live Broadcasts on Sundays at 10:30am and 6:30pm
  • How To Locate Us
  • Recommendation
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact Us
  • Good Christian Internet Sites
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    PASTOR WALTER B. SMITH was born in Elma, NY, in January 1951.He was soon taken by his parents to a Bible preaching church in Springboork, NY. He was spirtually born again as a young boy by placing his faith in Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, trusting Him alone to save his soul. He felt called to full-time Christian service in his teen years. After marrying his childhood sweetheart, Paula, he surrendered to preach under the ministry of Dr. John R. Rice, who directed them to Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist College in 1974 and was ordained into the Gospel ministry by Emmanuel Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan. Since that time, he has been a pastor of independent Baptist churches for 33 years and was in the ministry of Evangelism for 10 years. Thankfully, it is said by many that his preaching of the Word is clear and concise, tempered by compassion, and bears the blessing of the Holy Spirit.

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    Pastor Walter B. Smith

    Pastor Smith

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    Assisting Our Pastor - Mr. Michael Wapinsky


    Heritage Baptist Church was started in November 2001 by Dr. Walter Smith. We first met in the Marion County Ag Center Building on NE Jacksonville Road. After 13 months, God allowed us to purchase the former Boys Club Building, then remodel it.

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    Statement of Faith


    1. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the verbally inspired Word and Revelation of God. The Bible is inerrant, infallible, God-breathed, and to be to be taken literally. They are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. We unashamedly hold the King James Bible up as the Bible preserved by God for English speaking people. Psalm 19:7-11; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:16-21..

    2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Ghost. I John 5:1-8.

    3. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man.

    4. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, are sinners in thought, word, and deed.

    5. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. Hebrews 2:9; John 6:44-69

    6. We believe in the 'Eternal Security' of the believer; that it is impossible for one born into the family of God ever to be lost.

    7. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there as High Priest and Advocate.

    8. We believe in 'that blessed hope' - the personal, premillennial, pretribulational and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when the Church will be 'gathered together unto Him.'

    9. We believe in the literal fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of the Scriptures which foretell and assure the future regeneration and restoration of Israel as a nation.

    10. We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

    11. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

    12. We believe that the Scriptural ordinances of the Local Church are Baptism and the Lord's Supper; that Baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as a testimony to the world of that belief and of their death, burial and resurrection with Him; and that the Lord's Supper should be partaken of by believers of the local church to show forth His death, till He come.

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    Four Services Weekly! All With Different Messages! When You Miss One You Miss a Lot!

    Sunday School for Children, Teens & Two Adult Classes........................9:30 am
    Morning Service & Glow Clubs For The Children Ages 4-12....................10:30 am
    Sunday Evening Church Service for the Family............................. 6:30 pm
    Wednesday Mid-week Service & Youth Programs............................. 7:00 pm

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    We are in our 16th year as a church in Ocala. Come and be a part!

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    Kickball League - Every Saturday Morning starting at 8:30am - Through Saturday, July 15th

    Sunday, July 2nd - Independance Day Celebration

    Vacation Bible School - July 24th - 28th - 6:30pm to 8:30pm - Monday through Friday

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    Missionaries We Support:

    Atlantic City Baptist Rescue Mission, Paul Johnson, Director
    Dr. and Mrs. Braxton (Peggy) Baker, Nicaragu/Central America
    Dr. and Mrs. Gene (Alice) Burge, President of Baptist Mission to Forgotten Peoples, Jacksonville, FL
    Pastor Kevin and Mary Bennett, Philippians
    The Christian Law Association
    Dr. Leroy (Katherine) Demasellis, Rock of Ages Prison Ministry
    Dr. Ken (Linda) Fielder - Worldview Ministries
    Danny (Janice) Flowers, France
    Dr's John and Tina Green, Local Church Bible Publishers and Bearing Precious Seed
    Trent (Stephanie) Granger, Zacatecas, Mexico
    Pastor Patrick (Kami) Gimenez and Family, Church Planting High Springs, FL
    Stephen (Peggy Harris, Mexico
    Pastor Doug (Patricia) Hounshell, Church planting in Utah
    Stuart (Michelle) Jellison, Missionaries to the US Military in Okinawa
    Richard Jertberg, Madagascar
    Dr. Terry (Wanda) Kendrick, Evangelism in USA
    Terry (Carol) King, Ark Youth Ministry, St. Augustine, FL
    Eric (Lisa) Kreh, Netherlands
    Pastor Jack (Lindsay) Lamb. church planting in Los Angeles, CA
    Jonathan (Rachelle) Lyons, BMFP Vice President and European Director
    Pastor Eric (Melissa) Leveille - church planting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Jimmy (Tracy) McGaha, Nepal
    John (Rebecca) Park
    Roger (Cheryl) Riley, Philippians
    Zam Thang and Vung Bawi, Myanmar
    Samuel (Yohanna) Owens - Indonesia
    Fortress of Faith, Dr. Tom Wallace
    Kevin (Beth) White, Bolivia
    J.B. (Linda) Ayers, Belize, Central America

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    Listen to or Download Sermons:

    Our sermons can also be enjoyed at http://sermon.net/HeritageBapChurch

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    Our property has 3.3 acres of land and our church building has over 15,000 square footage of floor space.
    You will find that our auditorium to be very comfortable and enjoyable.
    We have plenty of off-road parking in front of and behind the church (follow signs).
    Although we are in an older residential section of Ocala, our neighborhood still needs Jesus and we care about them, just as Jesus does.
    There are people all around our church and they need the Gospel.

    Heritage Baptist Church

      We are located on the Northeast side of Ocala, Florida.
      From 301/441, Go east on Bonnie Heath Road/Highway #492/NE14th Street. Go to the second light which is NE 8th Ave. and turn left on to NE 8th Ave. Go 1/2 mile to NE 20th Street and turn left. Ignore the old church building on the corner, it is no longer a church. Look for us on the left 1/2 block down the street.
      From I-75 Exit at #354 - Highway #27. Go east on Highway #27 into Ocala. Watch for the major intersection of Highways 441/301 (same road). Go straight through that intersection. Go to the second light and turn left on to NE 8th Ave. Go to NE 20th Street and turn left. Ignore the old church building at the corner. We are 1/2 block down on the left side.
      From the East Go west on Highway 40 into Ocala (going past the Silver Springs Attraction - "Glass Bottom Boats"). Go past the Wal-Mart, staying on Hwy. 40. Turn right on to Hwy. 492/Bonnie Heath Road. Stay on Hwy. 492 for a few miles until you come to the intersection of NE 8th Ave. (at a light). Turn right on NE 8th Ave. Go 1/2 mile to NE 20th Street and turn left. Ignore the old church building at the corner. Go 1/2 block - we are on the left.

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      Visitor FAQ

      1. What can I expect when I visit? You will find a warm, friendly congregation waiting to welcome you. Regardless of your nationality, income level, education level, or occupation in life, there is a place for you and your family in our church family.Our Sunday Morning Worship service is between one hour and eighty minutes long and includes congregational singing, special music, testimonies, and the preaching and teaching of God's Word, the Bible.

      2. Do I have to bring a Bible? We believe the Bible is God's only Word for us today and is the instruction manual for this life and all eternity. There are plenty of extra Bibles in each pew that are within arm's reach of your seat during the church service in case you didn't bring one. Our church uses the regular Authorized Verison of the Bible; commonly called the King James Version.

      3. Will I be asked to give money? Giving an offering is simply an act of worship and obedience for the folks who call Heritage Baptist Church their church home. As a visitor, you just being here is enough. So, please don't feel obligated to give when the offering plates are passed, unless you freely desire to do so.

      4. Do you have a nursery for my baby? We love children! We believe it is important for families to worship together. However, we have a nursery staffed with caring volunteers for the young children age 3 and under during all of our services in case you need it. Your child's safety and spiritual well-being is important to us.

      5. Do you offer spiritual counseling? Most of life's problems and issues can be solved by simply applying the Biblical truths given during the regular church services. However, if you have spiritual questions or spiritual problems that need more personal attention, please feel free to contact Pastor Smith to schedule a time to meet in person.

      6. What are your facilities like? Our church building is ground level and totally handicap accessible. There is plenty of off-street parking in front of and in back of our building, right at our doors.

      7. What is an Baptist church? As an independent Baptist church, we are not affiliated with any particular Baptist denomination or ruling body. Because of this we support our own missionaries, select our own leaders, and support institutions that believe as we believe. In short, our church answers to the headship of Jesus Christ rather than a denominational body. There are currently more than 10,000 independent Baptist churches in America and thousands more throughout the world.

      8. Our Music In most churches today, the music consists of dumbing down the lyrics and cranking up the volume. Platforms look and feel like rock concerts. The singing of hymns are considered as irrelevant. At Heritage, we still believe that hymns generate a proper attitude toward God that is anything but lifeless and boring. Don’t get us wrong. We like new music too. We just believe that both the message and the method should be Godly, not worldly.

      9. Still Reverant Casual seems to be the rage today, but we believe that God deserves better. While you will not find a judgmental spirit herea at Heritage, you will find a church that believes that reverence is right for the presence of God. Reverence is a fading virtue in America, not because God doesn’t deserve it, but because churches no longer promote it. We believe that the presence of God deserves our attempt to express reverence and respect, not because it impresses Him, but because it reflects the attitude of our heart toward Him.

      10. Our Preaching At Heritage, we still believe in the dynamic, passionate communication of God’s eternal Truths. That’s what the Bible calls “preaching”. Many churches have either minimized preaching or replaced it with dramas, comedy routines, or motivational speeches. At Heritage you will hear preaching that is Bible-centered - We still believe in the absolute Truth of the time-tested Word of God. Be sure to bring your Bible because you will need it. Practical and clear - Many spend their time trying to make the Bible “relevant”. The Bible has never been irrelevant. It is timeless! As a result, Bible truths become obscured by jokes, irreverent illustrations, and shallow stories. We still believe in setting forth Biblical principles in a clear and practical way so that you can apply those truths in your daily life. Passionate and unapologetic - In a culture of “believe whatever you want regardless of whether it is actually true or not“, preaching may seem offensive to sensitive hears. However, we still believe that the preaching of God’s eternal Truth should not be watered down. At Heritage, you will hear passionate, direct preaching that challenges your faith.

      11. Excitement There is a mistaken idea these days that God needs help from the latest fads and technologies to be considered exciting. The Truth about Him is just not enough; it takes the latest music styles and entertainment trends to bring life to His attributes. At Heritage, we believe that entertainment and true worship are not the same, nor do they produce the same results. Strobe lights and darkened auditoriums may evoke the emotions, but they do nothing for someone’s spiritual walk with God. While we are not afraid of technology, we still believe that church can still be exciting without borrowing the latest fads to kick-start the crowd.

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        Call us at 352-622-6680.
        Or write us at: 642 NE 20th Street, Ocala, FL 34470

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