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Pastors & Staff

Executive Pastors

Nathan Smith

SENIOR PASTOR
 Pastor Nathan became our senior pastor in 2012, and he passionately preaches the Bible. His heart has been shaped by  growing up in Tanzania. He fiercely loves God, his family, and people.
Executive Assistant:  Caryl Sheppard csheppard@hbclynchburg.com

Kent Gregory

EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES 
Kent has been a part of HBC staff since February 1998. He enjoys all things sports, being outdoors, and building projects.
Administrative Assistant: Morgan Hall

Ben Melin

EXECUTIVE PASTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ben began at HBC in 2015 and enjoys playing games with his family, hiking, splitting wood and building fires.
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Executive Ministries

Pastor Allen

PASTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
 
Pastor Allen came on staff in 2003. He enjoys most things tech, riding bikes with his wife Robin, and unwinding while doing yardwork. They have three grown children who bring the *grandkids* when visiting!

Caryl Sheppard

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO PASTOR NATHAN SMITH
 Caryl has been on the team since 2008. She enjoys teaching the Bible, reading, playing games, and anything with family. 
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Morgan Hall

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO PASTOR KENT GREGORY
 
Morgan began in 2017. In her spare time she loves to be outside (especially at the beach). She also loves to write and is currently editing her first novel.
 
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Ashley Hamilton

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO PASTOR BEN
 
Ashley joined the team in December 2019. She is married to Hunter and they have three rambunctious fur babies. A true nerd at heart, she is passionate about music and theater, movies, books, and TV shows. She also enjoys beating her family at board games.
 

Kristin Durand

MINISTRY ASSISTANT TO
PASTOR BEN MELIN
 
Kristin loves being married to Matt, being Mommy to Charis, Judah, and Simeon. She enjoys worshiping in song, having meaningful conversations, and dancing. She is passionate about the Church and longs to see our local body function at its greatest potential.
 
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Cindy Ketterling

BOOKKEEPER
 
Cindy came back on staff in 2008. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially over a game of corn hole.
 

Ruth Niehaus

LIBRARIAN
 
Ruth joined the HBC team in the stone ages. She loves the great outdoors, swimming and hiking, crafting, crocheting, sewing, and spoiling the Grands. She especially enjoys relaxing in a hammock with a good book to read.
 
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Adult Ministries

Jeff Scott

PASTOR OF LEADERSHIP SUPPORT
 
In 1995, Jeff began working at HBC and enjoys reading about people of history, playing golf, and running. He is also a huge Red Sox and Duke basketball fan.

Student Ministries

Nathan Fox

PASTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES
 
Nathan began in 2016 and enjoys reading, watching or playing sports, taking walks with his wife Ashley, and going to Fresh Market to “sample” candy!
 
Administrative Assistant:
Elizabeth Huggins

Tara Gregory

STUDENT MINISTRIES ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
 
Tara joined the HBC staff in September of 2010. She enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and being outdoors.
 
 
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Elizabeth Huggins

STUDENT MINISTRIES ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
 
Elizabeth joined our team in 2019. She loves traveling, being outside, spending time with the people she loves, and drinking coffee.
 

Kids Ministry (Adventure Kids)

Tony Mitchell

PASTOR OF KIDS MINISTRY 
Tony came on staff in April of 1993.
He enjoys hiking and snorkeling with Sue and playing with their dog Koki.
 
Administrative Assistant: Regina Case rcase@hbclynchburg.com

Mike Crump

PASTOR OF KIDS & COMMUNICATIONS
Mike joined the HBC staff in 2015 and enjoys cooking, hiking with his family, and playing 90’s video games.

Regina Case

KIDS MINISTRY ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
 
Regina began working at HBC in 1999. She likes to read and ride motorcycles with her husband. She also enjoys running and hiking.
 
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Zanna Warner

DIRECTOR OF ADVENTURE KIDS JR.
 
Zanna joined the team in 2017. She is a mom of four who loves raising her kids and being involved in what they are interested in. When she is able, she LOVES to read.
 

Worship Ministry

Kevin Haglund

WORSHIP MINISTRIES PASTOR
 
 Kevin came on staff in 2017 and enjoys the great outdoors—hiking, biking, camping, etc.—family movie and game nights, and all things music, as well as putting mission and discipleship back in the hands of ordinary people.
 
Music Ministry Assistant: Jamie Case jcase@hbclynchburg.com

Jamie Case

MUSIC MINISTRY
ASSISTANT
 
Jamie has been on staff since 2011. She loves baking goodies to share and gardening on the side. Her biggest passion is teaching students to use their musical gifts to serve Christ.
 
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Sean Gillenwater

TECHNICAL PRODUCTIONS DIRECTOR

Sean joined the HBC staff in March of 2018. He enjoys camping with his wife Amelia, and daughter Aubrey.  His favorite T-Shirt is one his wife gave him for Christmas that reads: “World’s okayest golfer.”

Email: segillenwater@hbclynchburg.com

GraceCare & Shepherding Ministries

Mike Morykon

COUNSELING MINISTRIES PASTOR
 
In 2014 Mike began his role on staff with HBC. He and his wife, Susan, enjoy camping, traveling to new places, and anything outdoors.
 

Keith Manuel

SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES PASTOR 
 
Keith came on staff at Heritage in 1986. He and his wife, Judy, love traveling.
 
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Del Laird

SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES PASTOR
 Del has been on staff since 1995 and enjoys hiking the Colorado Rockies. His wife, Anne, enjoys being a homemaker and teaching private piano lessons. They both like raising a home garden and trying to keep up with their 8 grandchildren.
 
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Facilities & Information Technology

Christopher Gould

DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES AND IT
 
Christopher joined the Facilities Team in June of 2015. He enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing both tabletop and video games. He also enjoys hiking, tennis, and learning new hands-on skills.
 
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Noah Gould

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES AND IT
 
 Noah has been with the HBC staff since 2015. He enjoys hiking, hunting at yard sales, playing racquetball, reading, and spending time with friends.

Sam Floge

FACILITIES TEAM MEMBER
Sam became part of the facilities team in January of 2018. He and Jonell have been married for 47 years and have 3 grown boys and 12 grandchildren. They were in full-time ministry for 42 years and just recently retired to Lynchburg. They enjoy family, reading and the mountains.

Todd DeCourcy

FACILITIES TEAM MEMBER
 
Todd Decourcy joined the facility team in the summer of 2018, but he has attended HBC his whole life. He loves drinking coke at midnight, and his favorite hobbies include video games and basketball.

Global Ministries

Pastor Rob

PASTOR OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES
 
Rob enjoys running, eating, tabletop games with friends and family, and seeing the gospel transform lives. Because of the sensitive nature of their travels to shepherd our missionaries, their picture is not shown.
Administrative Assistant: Leslie McMonagle leslie@hbclynchburg.com

Leslie McMonagle

GLOBAL MINISTRIES ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
 
Leslie has been on staff since 2013. She enjoys reading, painting, Bible study, cooking, gardening, and playing basketball.
 
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