We want you to feel at home at Ocean Park. We invite you to explore the options below to make to your visit something to look forward to.
We are here because of the good news of Jesus Christ.
The gospel is the good news about what Jesus Christ has done to bring peace between sinners and God. It is the answer to the question, "How Can we be saved from the penalty of sin and have peace with God"?
Furthermore, it is the glue that unites diverse people together as one body: people from different generations, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses. It is very good news in a very broken world.
Ocean Park has been proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in Jax Beach since 1955.
We exist to worship and glorify God by proclaiming the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the equipping of the saints and the salvation of the lost.
Ocean Park Baptist Church seeks to build our church on the foundation of the Word of God.
Worship that is God-Centered & Gospel Exalting.
Homes that are strengthen by the Word of God.
Community that is united by the gospel.
Disciple Making in Jax Beach and throughout the world.
What to Expect
Walking into a church for the first time can be intimidating, so we want you to help you know what to expect when you visit.
What to Wear
We do not have an expectation for what you should wear. You will find everything from Sunday best to shorts and a t-shirt. We leave it up to each family to determine what is most faithful for their family in worship.
On Sunday mornings at 9:30 am, we come together for Sunday School for all ages from K4 to adults. We study books of the Bible, theology, and Christian ethics and how they apply to our lives.
Ocean Park is committed to expositional preaching which makes the main focus of the Bibical text the 'big idea' of the sermon. Each sermon seeks to understand the Biblical text in context and how it changes how we live, think, feel, and serve the Lord today. Sermons usually last around 45 minutes and are based on one main biblical text. We work through entire books of the Bible and sermon series typically alternate between the Old and New Testament books. Our preaching is driven by the conviction that all of Scripture points us to Jesus Christ and the salvation his death and resurrection provides.
Children are a blessing from the Lord and we encourage all parents to teach their children how to worship with the assembled congregation. Children 5 & up sit in the service, while nursery is provided for children under 5.
Each element of our service is intentionally chosen to be God-centered and gospel-exalting. Our congregation sings, prays, and reads God's Word. We follow an order of Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Response to the Gospel.
We worship a God who is worthy of all our honor and glory and praise. Our music team leads us in congregational music, both historic and modern, that is rich in the truths of God's Word and focused on offering God our adoration, confession, and thanksgiving.
Meet the Team
Pastor - Elder
Chris Partyka was called to be the pastor of Ocean Park in November of 2013. He was born and raised in Manchester, CT and has been living in Jacksonville since 2000. In 1996 he met his wife Denise (a Jacksonville native) while at the Moody Bible Institute and were married in May of 1999. The Lord has blessed them with four children; their niece Kayla, daughter Anna, and two sons; Andrew and Crosby.
Chris brings to Ocean Park a passion for adoption, the Word of God, and a desire to exalt the infinite value of Jesus Christ. You can read about Chris and Denise’s journey to adopt their son Crosby on their blog: Declared a Son.
Education: Chris received a B.A. from The Moody Bible Institute in 2000 and an M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Jacksonville in 2011.
Hobbies & Pastime: Spending time with family, Home Improvement, Reading Classic Novels & Theological works, watching baseball (Go Orioles!), and cheering on my kids as they chase their dreams.
Favorite Books: Bible, Diary of David Brainerd, Desiring God, Memories of an Ordinary Pastor, Words to Winners of Souls, To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson, Les Misérables, Tom Sawyer, Chronicles of Narnia, The Jesus Story Book Bible, The Wingfeather Saga.
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:1-10
Scott Hughes is an elder at Ocean Park Baptist Church in Jacksonville Beach. He was raised in the church and came to a saving knowledge of Christ when he was 16 years old. He was married to his best friend and companion, Jenny, in 2008 and both share in the joy of their wonderful daughter, Valerie.
Scott was born in Lakenheath, England where his family was stationed in the Air Force. He was raised mostly in Mountain Home, ID where his father retired. Scott has since served 12 years as a Health Services Technician in the United States Coast Guard and has been living in Jacksonville and attending OPBC since 2015.
Gil Phillip's family came to Jacksonville when his Father’s last station was N.A.S. Jax in 1965 when Gil was 4 years old. He was introduced to Jesus at this time by his mother and, as Gil describes, has been very close with Jesus ever since. He was baptized at Hyde Park Baptist Church on Oct. 5, 1969 as an 8 year old. His mother will tell you that he’s always been bold in sharing Jesus and she expresses how he took a tape recorder to school in the 7th grade, where he was bussed, as the city was attempting to integrate the schools, Gil would record peoples’ response to the question “What does Jesus mean to you?” Gil’s nature is to care for and exhort others.
Gil met his wife, Colleen, in 1980 and dated her exclusively beginning in 1982. They were married in 1986 and have two children, Alex, a daughter and Trent, a son. HIs professions include: sales, medical and entrepreneurship. Gil and Colleen have a lifetime of undeserved blessings from God and it continues even now.
What We Believe
We are Orthodox
We believe that Scripture is inspired by God and authoritative in the life of a Christian (2 Tim 3:16). We affirm that the historic Christian creeds articulate the basic Christian doctrine, because they have been formulated and tested by the Word of God.
The Apostles' Creed articulates the main tenets of the Christian faith.
The Councils of Nicea (325 ad) and Chalcedon (451 ad) correctly explain the doctrines of the Trinity and Christ's two natures.
We are Reformed
We affirm the five 'solas' of the Reformation.
Scripture Alone: Scripture is the ultimate authority for life and holiness. It is the lens by which we view the world and know our creator (2 Tim 3:16).
Grace Alone: Salvation is God's unearned kindness towards sinners. Salvation has to do with everything in the heart of God and nothing in us (Eph 2:1-10).
Faith Alone: Salvation is not earned by human effort or good works but the righteousness of Christ received to be received by faith (Gal 2:16). We are saved by faith alone (Eph 2:8-9) but faith is never alone. Genuine faith is always demonstrated by the fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22-23) and good works (James 2:20).
Christ Alone: There are no means of salvation apart from the righteous life, atoning death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Col 1:15-20).
Glory to God Alone: Since salvation is the work of God from beginning to end, He alone is worthy to receive all glory, honor, and praise (Eph 1:17-21).
We are Evangelical
We believe in the authority of scripture and the good news of the gospel demonstrated in the completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross (John 3:16). We are centered on the Word of God and the cross of Christ. We study, teach, sing, pray, and proclaim God's Word and we preach Christ crucified, risen, ascended to heaven, and one day coming again.
We are Baptist
We believe that the Bible teaches baptism as an ordinance of the Lord for those who have repented and have come to faith (Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:21; Gal. 3:26-27). It signifies their union with Christ in his death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-4). We believe that the mode of baptism prescribed in the Bible is by immersion (Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:34) and in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). We believe that a church is made up of confessing believers who have been baptized as a sign of their union with Christ. We also affirm the autonomy of the local congregation under the Lordship of Christ.
*Ocean Park is a member of the Great Commission Baptists, The Florida Baptist Convention, and the Jacksonville Baptist Association.
We are Disciple-Making
We take Great Commission seriously. Jesus calls his disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 18-20). Without compromising the Sovereignty of God, we affirm the responsibility of each person to repent and believe on Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. God does not desire that any should perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). Therefore, we call all, without distinction, to drink freely of the Water of Life and live eternally in the presence of their Creator. This privilege and responsibility is not only applicable in our immediate context, but it extends to all the nations. Therefore, we make every effort to evangelize and support the work of the gospel at home and abroad.
Our Statement of Faith
The Baptist Faith & Message 2000