Heritage Baptist Church

Ocala, Florida

Pastor Walter B. Smith

  • PASTOR WALTER B. SMITH was born in Buffalo, NY, in January 1951. He was taken by his parents to a Bible preaching church in Springbrook, NY. He was 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 (Shaver), he surrendered to preach under the ministry of Dr. John R. Rice, who directed them to Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan (Dr. Tom Malone). 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 35 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.

  • 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.

  • Assistant to Our Pastor - Bro. Michael Wapinsky. As a teen, Michael grew up in our church. Now married to his lovely wife, Rachel (pastor's youngest daughter) , he serves the Lord in many important ways in our church. He is a good preacher, soul-winner, and is faithful.