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 other Christians. Believing that the Bible is the Word of God, Pastor Smith's preaching and teaching is Bible-centered, practical, and encouraging.

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

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PASTOR WALTER B. SMITH was born in Buffalo, 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 early 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 27 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 Smith

Pastor Smith

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Heritage Baptist Church was started in 2001 as a mission church of:

Memorial Baptist Church
Belleview, Florida

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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 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 only 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 & Patch The Pirate Club For The Children Ages 4-12...10:30 am
Sunday Evening Church Service for the Family................................... 6:30 pm
Wednesday Mid-week Service and Children's ministry ages 4-12........... 7:00 pm
Wednesday Teen Meeting, Grades 7-12............................................. 7:00 pm

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Some of our Sermon Series Available on CD (Sermon Notes available upon request):
The Book of Hebrews
The Book of Revelation
The Book of I Thessalonians
The Book of James
The Book of Philippians
The Book of Ruth
The Book of Daniel
The Book of Ephesians
The Book of Galatians
The Book of I Corinthians
The Book of I John
The Book of Nehemiah
The Book of Genesis (in progress)
The Book of John (in progress)
Why God Created Hell
Rightly Dividing the Word of God
All CD's can be ordered for a donation by contacting us

As always, Pastor Smith is available to preach special meetings. In addition to his 27 years in the pastorate, he has spent 10 years in full-time Revival Ministry. Please contact him.

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November 6th - 10th Anniversary of our Church

November 13th and 20th - Mission Emphasis Week

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Missionaries We Support:

Jeffrey and Deanna Andrews, Spain
Dr. Gene Burge, President of BMFP, Jacksonville, FL
Kevin and Mary Bennet, Philippians
Leroy and Katherine Demasellis, Rock of Ages Prison Ministry
Danny and Janice Flowers, France
John and Tina Green, Local Church Bible Publishers
Stephen and Peggy Harris, Mexico
Eric and Tammy Hassler, Trinidad
Doug and Patricia Hounshell, Church planting in Utah
Jon and Heidi Huff, Togo West Africa
Richard and Charity Jertberg, Madagascar
Terry and Wanda Kendrick, Evangelism
Terry and Carol King, ARK Youth Ministry, St. Augustine, FL
Edgard and Edna Landingin, Cambodia
Charlie and Julie Luther, Ghana, West Africa
Jonathan and Rachelle Lyons, Spain
Jim and Tracy McGaha, Nepal
Kevin and Laura Murdoch, Pueblo Indians
Michael and Katrina Reid, Scotland
Roger and Cheryl Riley, Philippians
Brian and Janice Taylor, Mexico
Chuck and Cindy Teel, Military in Germany
Zam Thang, Burma
Kevin and Beth White, Bolivia
Camp Tracey Children's Home, Jacksonville, FL
Bible College Students Who are Members Studying for Full-time Christian Service
The Patrick Gimenez Family - West Indies

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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, which used to be a Boys & Girls Club, 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 behind the church (follow signs). Although we are in an older residential
section of Ocala, our neighborhood is undergoing a major improvement, thanks to the City of Ocala and others. 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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    Call us at 352-622-6680, E Mail , or write us at 642 NE 20th Street, Ocala, FL 34470

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    1. Pastor Michael West, Memorial Baptist Church, Belleview, FL. "As members of Memorial Baptist Church (when in Evangelism/Revival Ministry), the Smith family were a vital part of its operation. Faithfulness, loyalty, and dependability are some of the qualities that accompany this preacher and his family. Brother Smith's ability to expound the Word of God is exceptional. I trust that you will prayerfully consider attending Heritage Baptist Church."

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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.

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

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    Good Christian Links


    The Sword of the Lord

    Fundamental Bible Broadcasting Network

    The Blue Letter Bible

    Pastor Smith's Blog: Christians For Biblical Morality


    Faith Bible Baptist Church, Eden, New York

    Heartland Baptist College

    Ambassador Baptist College

    Florida Baptist College

    Pensacola Christian College


    The Virtuous Woman

    Ladies Modest Clothing

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    Order CD of Sermons

      1. We encourage you to join our CD of the Month Club and receive sermons every month, all preached at Heritage Baptist Church.
      2. Request individual CD's from one of Pastor's Smith's sermon series. See "Announcements" above for a listing of our Sermon Series that are now available.
      3. To order, send a check to Heritage Baptist Church (Memo line - CD), 642 NE 20th Street, Ocala, FL 34470 ,

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