Our Staff

Senior Pastor

Heath Lambert

Dr. Heath Lambert has been preaching at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida since January of 2016, and became Senior Pastor in September of 2017. Serving First Baptist is the joy of Pastor Heath’s life. He is delighted to serve with the remarkable members and staff at this incredible church. Prior to serving at First Baptist, Pastor Heath served as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), and as a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is the author of several books, including The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013), and A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry (Zondervan, 2016).

Heath earned a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in biblical and theological studies and political science from Gordon College in 2002, a master of divinity (M.Div.) in Christian Ministry from Southern Seminary in 2005, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in biblical counseling and systematic theology from Southern Seminary in 2009.

He is married to Lauren and they have three children: Carson, Chloe, and Connor.

Associate Pastor

Sean Perron

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Executive Pastor

Coty Hoskins

Pastor of Worship and Music

Scott Connell

904-366-1247
Pastor of Teaching and Reaching

Richard Lucas

904-366-1317
Senior Adults Pastor

Dr. John Sullivan

904-265-7221
Serve Pastor

Austin Collins

904-265-7200
Next Gen Pastor

Trevor Komatsu

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Student Pastor

Akiya Johnson

Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship

Dr. Ernie Baker

904-366-1237
Co-Director of The Grace Center

Ryan Trzeciak

Counselor of Women

Josie Padilla

Pastor of Care and Discipleship

Steve Clifton

904-366-1377
Worship Department Coordinator

Linda Lineberger

Student Worship Pastor

Seth Singleton

Instrumental Worship Pastor

Edson Dickinson

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Children’s Worship Director

Teri Van Duyn

904-366-1262
Nocatee Campus Pastor

Spencer Harmon

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Associate Pastor at Nocatee

John Blount

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Nocatee Campus Pastor of Discipleship

Andrew Morrell

Worship Director at Nocatee

Andrew Cunningham

Nocatee Student Minister

R.J. Lago

Nocatee Children’s Coordinator

Sarah Morgan

Student Discipleship Minister

Matt Cummings

Student Discipleship Counselor

Helisha Smith

Women’s Ministry Director

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

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Preschool Ministry Coordinator

Bobbie Reiter

Senior Adult Director

Linda Hodges

904-265-7444
Vietnamese Pastor

Quang Nguyen

904-527-2631
Events and Hospitality Coordinator

Kate Bush

Media Director

Bennett Stofer

Communications Director

Taron Defevers