New Lead Pastor 

Dr. Heath Woolman

5/21/23 Update:
Welcome Woolman Family!
Members of Fruit Cove Baptist Church have voted to call Dr Heath Woolman as Lead Pastor.
We look forward to welcoming the Woolman family to St Johns County FL very soon!

Pastor Heath is an experienced pastor/leader with more than 17 years of pastoral service in the local church. He possesses a heart for the lost, the desire to see people enter a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, and a passion to walk with them along the path of discipleship.

Heath is well-versed in Southern Baptist denominational life and Christian higher education with advanced degrees from two SBC seminaries. Heath was born in Texas and grew up in Lake Wales, Florida. He and his wife Casey were married in 2011. Casey is a certified labor and delivery RN and genuinely sees her work as a special ministry to new parents. Heath and Casey have two daughters: Audrey Claire (9) who is energetic, athletic, and a natural leader, and Adeline Rose (6) who is spunky and adventurous, with a compassionate heart.

In their free time, the Woolmans enjoy being active as a family, including practicing Taekwondo, and keeping up with their Goldendoodle pup.

Q&A With Dr. Heath Woolman

Next Steps:

May 21 at 12:15pm, Special Called Church Business Meeting for the Purpose of Voting on Lead Pastor Candidate Dr Heath Woolman

The vote will take place on Sunday, May 21 following the 11 AM worship service. There will be a 15-minute break following the service to allow for parents to pick up preschoolers and children.

11am Student and Adult Connect Groups are asked to end in time for members to come to the Worship Center to participate in the vote, after preschoolers and children are picked up.

You must be a Fruit Cove Baptist church member in order to vote. If you are not sure of your membership status, please reach out to the church office this week for clarification. You can call 904–287–0996 or email

The results of the vote will be announced at the regularly scheduled quarterly business meeting that same evening, May 21, at 6 PM in the Worship Center.

Words of Affirmation 

  • “Heath is a devoted follower of Christ, with a genuine pastoral heart for people. I am confident his ministry will be a blessing to the Fruit Cove congregation for years to come.”
    • Dr. David S. Dockery, SWBTS President
    • Prolific author and General Editor of the CSB Worldview Study Bible
  • “Heath exceeds the practical experience and academic training to lead Fruit Cove Baptist successfully into the second quarter of the twenty-first century. He is the right man, you are the right church, and it is the right time!” 
    • Dr. Matt Queen, SWBTS Professor of Evangelism 
    • Author of Who’s Your One: Advancing the Movement, & Recapturing Evangelism

  • “Dr. Woolman is confident in who he is and what he does, yet there is a humility with him that is rare. His compassion for people and his organizational leadership is an uncommon find in one individual. His character and his commitment to his family, and even his friends, is most admirable.”
    • Pastor Buddy Lamb, Shomburg Road Baptist Church, Columbus GA
    • Lifetime Friend & Mentor
  • “God has gifted Pastor Heath Woolman with a keen intellect, compassion for others, the ability to effectively proclaim His word, and a humble servant’s heart that meets people at their point of need.”
    • William Cromwell, MD
    • Lifelong Mentor

  • “Abiding in Christ, Heath is a humble man of impeccable integrity, leading a life empowered by the Holy Spirit.”
    • Manuel Sosa, Mentor & President National Taekwondo Assoc. 

Sermon Videos

  The Gospel Effect: Freedom in Christ                                          Not Ashamed

Additional sermon
                  Trust the Process

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Meet the Woolmans

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