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About Lockhart Church

We are a congregation of believers affiliated with Southern Baptists who strive to be Christ-centered, biblically-based, and family-oriented. We embrace the beliefs expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) and enjoy cooperating with other churches in spreading the Gospel throughout the world. We are confident that you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, because the Bible says,  "everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13).

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The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to humanity. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is true and trustworthy.


There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being.


Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.


The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine, the third Person of the Trinity. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. At the moment of salvation, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He enlightens and empowers each believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and if offered freely to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is a free gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Each person must call upon the Lord to be saved, and there is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 


Christ instituted two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: and the believer's new life in Christ. 

The Lord's Supper is the other ordinance and is a symbolic act of community obedience where Christians memorialize the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lockhart Church practices open communion, where any Christian who has been made a profession of faith, has been baptized, and who is not under church discipline to participate in the Lord's Supper.

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Meet Our Staff


Youth Director

since March 2017

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Matt Nelson

Matt Nelson grew up here at Lockhart Church. Matt joined us as Student Leader in March of 2017. Matt & Stephanie were married on July 1, 2017. They both graduated from UCF and are huge Knights fans! Matt & Stephanie love going to garage sales and thrift stores. They say it's like a treasure hunt for them. They have a 4lb poodle named Pepper.  She receives regular ridiculous haircuts from Matt, but she couldn’t love him more if she tried.

Senior Pastor

since August 2008

Dr. Rob Arnold

Pastor Rob's first Sunday was August 31, 2008. He was called from pastoring a church that he helped plant in Brandon, FL.  He excels in Bible education and shares his vast knowledge and experience with the congregation. Pastor Rob has served on the State Board of the Florida Baptist Convention, is serving on the Executive board of the Greater Orlando Baptist Association, and teaches college classes in his 'spare time'.


Worship Leader

since May 2020

Kayla Heckford

Kayla teaches band in a local middle school. She brings considerable talent and energy to our Worship Program.

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Office Manager

since January 2013

Carolyn M Green

Carolyn is the Financial Secretary

and Office Manager. She brings

20 years of experience to the job.


since August 2008

Michele Arnold

Michele has been a mainstay of our music department since she and Pastor came to Lockhart. We don't know what we would do without her.

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Nursery Director

since January 2012

Dannia Scoggins

Dannia has been in charge of our nursery for many years. We can always count on her to be ready to look after the little ones in our care.

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