There are 200 + Baptist churches in our fair town. Some are independent of a larger body but many, if not most, are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
First Baptist is arguably the largest of these Baptist churches and is considered to have the most influence relative to the political life of the city because a number of Ocala's civic and business leaders are members.
There was a bit of a fracas here a few years ago. I'm not sure of all the issues, but some members wanted to rid the church of the pastor and others wanted to keep him. Ultimately, the pastor left, a new one arrived, and peace reigned once again.