Fort Caroline Baptist Church

Real, Relevant, Refreshing Jacksonville, FL
Fort Caroline Baptist Church
Fort Caroline Baptist Church
Fort Caroline Baptist Church
Fort Caroline Baptist Church

Plan Your Visit

11428 McCormick Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32225

(904) 642-2288


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Who We Are

I am delighted that you are considering joining us at one of our services. I trust that when you visit, you will be encouraged and blessed. I have served this wonderful congregation since 1994 (as Pastor since 1996). Allow me to tell you what to expect when you worship with us.

Fort Caroline Baptist Church is a place where you can come as you are to experience God in an exciting and personal way. You will find answers to life's tough questions. You will be better able to understand people, and be understood. Through encouraging messages and inspiring music, you'll find your place in worship that lifts your heart to God and prepares you for life. Fort Caroline is a place of helping hands, open hearts, and friendships that last a lifetime. I look forward to meeting you. Pastor Ricky Powell

About Us

Casual, Down to Earth, Friendly, Multigenerational, Young families, Lots of kids

Community Service, Addiction/Recovery, Children's Ministry, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, School

Contemporary, Traditional Hymns, Praise and Worship

Baptist (SBC)




Our Services

What are services like?
Services generally last about one hour. Our worship services are a time of exciting praise and meaningful worship. Our services include a Praise Band, Praise Team, soloists and ensembles. We have two large video screens which will have the words to all songs the congregation sings. (We encourage a "joyful noise".) There may be special announcements or features. Occasionally dramas and videos are presented. Our pastor gives Bible-based messages lasting about thirty minutes. His messages are practical and relevant to every-day life and are often sprinkled with appropriate humor. You can listen or watch some of his talks on the church website ( or his blog (

What is the community like?
Fort Caroline Baptist Church is a dynamic and creative multi-generational church in the East Arlington section of Jacksonville, Florida. The area surrounding Fort Caroline is comprised of both single and family households with an average age of 33 yrs. These households have an average of two children and their primary concerns in life are getting out of debt and increasing their skills as parents. Within five miles of the church there are approximately 147,000. Fort Caroline is taking the opportunity to be a living witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ in a relevant way in our community.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Fort Caroline Baptist Church is a safe place to explore the truth claims of Jesus Christ, to meet new friends, and to have fun.

Leadership View all

Ricky Powell

Ricky Powell

Pastor Ricky Powell began his ministry with our church in 1994 when he was called on staff to serve as the Associate Pastor. He became the Senior Pastor in 1996. Ricky was born on November 25, 1967 in Mobile, Alabama. Ricky began preaching when he was seventeen years old. He served two churches in Georgia as pastor before coming to Jacksonville. He married Donna Renee Jacobs of Jacksonville, FL on February 2, 1991. They have three children, Joshua, Casey, and Caleb. Ricky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion (BAR) from Luther Rice University in Atlanta, GA. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

What Members Say Add your voice

  • I honestly can not put into words how much this amazing church has impacted my life. When I was in a depressed time of my life, these people that i call my second family were there to lead me to our Father. This body of believers truly have a heart for people. It doesn't matter where you come from or where you've been, this church is there to welcome you home with open arms! The way God has worked through our members is absolutely incredible. This isn't your ordinary Baptist church. There isn't a dress code. And this sounds so cheesy and cliche, but just come as you are! You're still one of God's beloved children no matter what you look like! The staff at Fort Caroline..... I could go on and on about them! I can't imagine being under the leadership of any Pastor other than Pastor Ricky. Well, except Jesus of course. But, the leadership of Fort Caroline have a beating heart for God, and it definitely shows. Big time! Honestly, I could go on and on for paragraphs talking about my amazing church! All I can tell you is that we..... Love God, Love Others, and we Serve The World (:
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