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Pastors & Staff

Executive Team

Welcome to our staff page! Take some time to read about our team or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about Heritage or a specific ministry area. Want to hear some of our pastors or staff testimonies? Check out the Alongside Podcast and hear how God has moved in the lives of many of the people on this page! 

Pastor 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: Ashley Hamilton aehamilton@hbclynchburg.com

 

Pastor Kent Gregory

EXECUTIVE PASTOR

 

Kent has been a part of HBC staff since February 1998. He enjoys all things sports, being outdoors, and building projects.

 

Executive Assistant: Ashley Hamilton aehamilton@hbclynchburg.com

Kristin Durand

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Kristin loves experiencing life alongside her husband, Matt, and their three children. She is energized by productive brainstorming sessions, meaningful conversations, and dancing. She is passionate about the Church and longs to see our local body function at its greatest potential.

Ashley Hamilton

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 

Ashley and her husband, Hunter, enjoy spending time together over their favorite board games. She loves worshipping God through music and His creation. She is deeply moved by people’s stories and has a great affection for creative storytelling through the arts.

 

Tara Gregory

MINISTRY ASSISTANT TO PASTOR KENT GREGORY

Tara joined the HBC staff in September of 2010. She enjoys spending time with family, shopping, and being outdoors.

Administration

Pastor Ben Melin

PASTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Ben began at HBC in 2015 after serving in the Army as an Infantry Officer. He enjoys playing games with his family, hiking, splitting wood, and building fires.
 

Greg Witt

DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES

Greg is a Lynchburg native who loves the Lord and his family. He’s a Master Craftsman, part-time artist, and full-time Dad and Grandad.

Cindy Ketterling

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

Caryl Sheppard

ASSISTANT TO ADMINISTRATIVE PASTOR

 

Caryl has been on the team since 2008. She enjoys teaching the Bible, reading, playing games, and anything with family.

 

Teri Houts

OFFICE HOSTESS

Teri loves hanging out with family either in a cabin on a lake with loons in Minnesota or at a house on a Carolina beach.  She also adores her Border Collie, coffee dates with friends,  the theatre, reading, and sunrises.

Christopher Gould

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES & 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.
 

Kendrick Rozelle

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES 

Kendrick has attended HBC since the Spring of 2014. Married to his wife Maryl since 2016. Enjoys fantasy football, a good novel and throwing rocks into bodies of water.

Todd DeCourcy

FACILITIES TEAM MEMBER

Todd Decourcy joined the Facilities 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.

Zachary Fields

FACILITIES TEAM MEMBER

Zachary joined the Facilities Team in March 2021. He loves to hang out with his friends and small group playing games, watching movies, and altogether having a good time.
 

Tiffany Wheelock

FACILITIES TEAM MEMBER

Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 beautiful children. She is so thrilled to serve the Lord at HBC working with the facilities team and has a huge heart for the children’s ministry.

Jacob McKerrow

FACILITIES TEAM MEMBER

Jacob joined the team at the beginning of 2022. He enjoys hiking, baseball, and all outdoor activities.

Global Ministries

Pastor Rob

PASTOR OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES
 

Rob enjoys running, visiting Brothers & Sisters around the world, and seeing Jesus transform lives! Because of the sensitive nature of their travels to shepherd our Global Workers, Rob & his family’s picture is not shown.

 

Administrative Assistant: Leslie McMonagle leslie@hbclynchburg.com

Leslie McMonagle

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Leslie has been on staff since 2013. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, Bible study, gardening, and cooking.

 

John Havill

AGENCY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

John and Rebecca have been HBC Global Workers for the last 30+ years. They came off the field and joined our team in April 2022. He loves praying for our Global Workers and studying God’s Word. He enjoys playing golf, watching sports, traveling, and the board game “Axis and Allies.”

Email: jdhavill@hbclynchburg.com

 

Jeremiah G.

GLOBAL MINISTRIES PASTORAL ASSISTANT

Jeremiah joined the staff at Heritage in 2021. He loves the outdoors, especially hiking, camping, and disc golf. He grew up in a big family in Roanoke and loves every time all the siblings can get together. Because of the sensitive nature of his role, Jeremiah’s picture is not shown.

Email: jeremiah@hbclynchburg.com

 

Tyler C.

HERITAGE MOBILIZER
 

Tyler joined the staff in 2021. He loves spending time with his wife and two (ridiculously cute) daughters. He loves the beach, traveling, studying God’s Word, and journeying with people who are passionate about Jesus. Because of the sensitive nature of their ministry, Tyler & his family’s picture is not shown.

 Email: tyler@hbclynchburg.com

 

Worship & Outreach Ministries

Pastor Kevin Haglund

PASTOR OF WORSHIP & OUTREACH MINISTRIES

 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.

Ministry Assistant:  Jamie Case jcase@hbclynchburg.com

Jamie Case

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.

 

Family Ministries

Pastor Tony Mitchell

PASTOR OF KIDS MINISTRY

 

Tony came on staff in 1992. He enjoys hiking and bike riding with Sue and playing with their dog, Zion.

 

Administrative Assistant: Regina Case rcase@hbclynchburg.com

Joshua Hankins

DIRECTOR OF KIDS MINISTRY

Joshua grew up in Lynchburg and is a product of Heritage’s youth ministry. He and his wife, Kelsey, were missionaries in East Asia before attending seminary in Dallas. Joshua is an audiobook apologist, an aspiring cinephile, and enjoys studying foreign languages. 

 

Pastor 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

Dave Ashburn

DIRECTOR OF ADULT MINISTRIES

Dave has been a member of HBC since 2015 and joined our staff in 2022. He and his wife, Megan, deeply love family time with their kids playing games, and exploring the outdoors. Dave also enjoys airplanes, spicy tacos, and good coffee.

Email: daashburn@hbclynchburg.com 

Regina Case

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.

Elizabeth Huggins

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

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

Kari Saunders

ADVENTURE KIDS JR. DIRECTOR
Kari joined the HBC staff in 2021 but has faithfully served for much longer before that.

Chelsea Barnwell

KIDS MINISTRY VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Formerly a classroom teacher, Chelsea is passionate about education, children’s literature, and communicating the biblical narrative. When spending time with friends and family, she enjoys hiking, dancing, and a good bonfire. She also enjoys writing and sewing.

Email: cpbarnwell@hbclynchburg.com

Shepherding and GraceCare Counseling Ministries

Pastor Mike Morykon

PASTOR OF COUNSELING MINISTRIES

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

Pastor Del Laird

PASTOR OF SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES

 

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.

 

Pastor Keith Manuel

PASTOR OF SHEPHERDING MINISTRIES

Keith came on staff at Heritage in 1986. He and his wife, Judy, love traveling.

Ministry Resources and Support

Pastor Jeff Scott

PASTOR OF BIBLICAL / THEOLOGICAL RESOURCING

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. He is passionate about discipleship and leadership development. He will often say ‘Discipleship is what I cannot not do.’

Email: jscott@hbclynchburg.com

Pastor Allen Waldrep

PASTOR OF CONNECTIONS

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!

Rachel Levasseur

CONNECTIONS ASSISTANT

When she’s not baking, you can find Rachel wrapped up in a blanket reading a book or watching a movie while cuddling with her two dogs and husband, Kyle.

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.

Pastor Mike Crump

PASTOR OF CHURCH COMMUNICATIONS

Mike joined the HBC staff in 2015 and is passionate about exalting Christ through any medium available, whether online or in person. He also enjoys cooking, hiking with his family, and playing 90’s video games.

 

Morgan Hall

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

Morgan joined the HBC staff in 2017. She loves to be outside (especially at the beach or anywhere on the water). She also loves to write, eat ice cream, snuggle with her polydactyl cat, and take walks with her family.