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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), Transforming Homosexuality (P&R, 2015), A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry (Zondervan, 2016), and The Great Love of God (Zondervan, April 2023).

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

Executive Pastor

Coty Hoskins

Pastor of Worship and Music

Scott Connell

Pastor of Teaching and Reaching

Richard Lucas

Serve Pastor

Austin Collins

Dr. Sullivan
Senior Adult Pastor

Dr. John Sullivan

Next Gen Pastor

Trevor Komatsu

College and Career Reach Pastor

Tim Arndt

Pastor of Counseling Supervision and Equipping

Dr. Ernie Baker

Pastor of Counseling and Discipleship & Men’s Ministry Director

Ryan Trzeciak

Steve Clifton
Pastor of Care and Discipleship

Steve Clifton

Counselor of Women

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Instrumental Worship Pastor

Edson Dickinson

Children’s Worship Director

Teri Van Duyn

Nocatee Campus Pastor

Spencer Harmon

Nocatee Campus Associate Pastor

John Blount

Nocatee Campus Pastor of Worship

Seth Singleton

Andrew Morrell
Nocatee Campus Pastor of Discipleship

Andrew Morrell

Nocatee Student Minister

R.J. Lago

Jess Cunningham
Nocatee Children’s Coordinator

Jess Cunningham

Vietnamese Pastor

Quang Nguyen

Student Minister

Matt Cummings

Student Discipleship Counselor

Helisha Smith

Logan Brown
Student Worship Pastor

Logan Brown

Women’s Ministry Director

Margaret Tucker

Linda Hodges
Senior Adult Director

Linda Hodges

Preschool Ministry Coordinator

Bobbie Reiter

Communications Director

Taron Defevers