list_page19_item3_1371142203JASON YOUNG, pastor

Jason Young was saved by God's grace from a life of sin and called into ministry in 1992. He holds a BA in Bible from Cedarville University and a Masters of Divinity from Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the founding pastor of the Heritage Baptist Church, and has been involved in several other church plants. He also started Outreach Today to help share the gospel. He is blessed to be married to his lovely wife and has eight wonderful children. All their children are home educated. Currently, he is working to reform family, church, education, and farming.

list_page19_item7_5685abbf76891JERRY WILLIS, pastor

Having been saved by the grace of God at an early age, Jerry has experienced God's lavish blessings including the pleasure of 29 years of marriage with his wife Betsy and more than twenty years discipling their eight children. Eight years ago God called him into public ministry. Jerry is currently a pastor/elder at Heritage Baptist Church in Arizona and is passionate about personal discipleship that comes alongside fellow believers in Jesus Christ. His goals are to help others view the events of life from a biblical perspective and to walk out the implications of the gospel to the glory of God.

list_page19_item4_1360102469BILL DALES, deacon

Bill truly has a servant’s heart. He loves his family and is always finding ways to love his wife and bless his daughters. Bill and his family are founding members at Heritage and have been a blessing to many.

list_page19_item5_54404311e8bf2DARREN RONSICK, deacon

Brother Darren has been faithful to God, his family and the church. We have been blessed to have Darren and his family serving the Heritage family almost from the beginning. Darren loves his family and enjoys spending time with his friends in a variety of ways.

KEITH CULLERS, deacon

God in His grace called Keith from a life of wickedness and sin in his early twenties and changed his life forever. That grace brought he and his newly married wife to Arizona in 1980 arriving under two complete rainbows as they drove into Phoenix. Before coming to Heritage Baptist Church, Keith and his family attended two other churches where he served as a Bible study teacher, leader and deacon. Keith and his wife have been married for 37 years, have four grown, married daughters and five grandchildren, soon to be six. Soli Deo Gloria.

Leadership Vision

This church acknowledges Jesus Christ as its only Head and the Bible as its only infallible guide in matters of faith and government. "And He [Jesus Christ] is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence (Colossians 1:18)." Our main concern is the functional application of Christ's authority in the local congregation. Thus, the ministry of the Word and prayer are vital for obeying His will. Christ's authority is to be recognized by the governing responsibility of this congregation.

 

Christ gave the church authority to apply His truth to a variety of situations as the church is called to make wise judgments (Matt. 16:19; 18:20). This authority is expressed in areas of church discipline. The 'highest court' being the will of the local church carried out by the brethren (Matt. 18:15-17; 2 Cor. 2:6-7; 2 Thess. 3:6). The church is responsible to Christ in matters of recognizing and appointing its officers and delegates (Acts 6:3-5; 11:22; 15:3-4, 22-23, 25; 1 Cor. 16:3; 2 Cor.8:19). The church is responsible to its Head, as Christ holds each local church responsible for their doctrine and practice (2 Cor. 2:6; 1 Thess. 4:9, 5:12-22; 1 Pet. 2:5,9; Jude 1-4; Rev. 2-3).

 

Every Christian is to follow Christ in their respective roles; those in authority lead (elders), the congregation submits itself to those in authority as directed by the Lord (Heb. 13:7). The Lord rules the church by His Word through His Spirit. This practice is evidenced by a church with godly leadership (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9) and a congregation that is united in harmony with them (Acts 15:22). This was the ideal function of the New Testament church. Only a Christ centered community, filled with the Spirit of God, can function in this manner. To accomplish this, the New Testament places most of its weight on the character of the leaders, the God given mission and function of the church, and the authority of God's Word, rather than a detailed list of church polity. We must endeavor to do likewise.

Our vision for eldership is a multi-generational community of biblically qualified men who will lead the church according to the will of God. The qualifications are clearly set forth in Scripture (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9. The two offices given to the church by Christ are that of overseer and deacon. Scripture uses the terms Pastor (undershepherds) / Elders (spiritually mature) / Bishop (overseer) to refer to the same office (Acts 20:17, 28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). We believe that a plurality of elders was the practice of the New Testament church (Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5, James 5:13, 1 Peter 5:1). As such, we seek to have a plurality of godly elders who share in the work of shepherding according to their giftedness and ability. Deacons are the recognized men who serve the church body in matters that pertain to the edification of the saints in word and deed.