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At Heritage we believe leadership should look Christ-like – decisive, wise, honest, redemptive, forgiving, loving and humble. The Savior was approachable to everyone – Jews and Gentiles, sinners and saints, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, young and old. That’s what all Christians should be and what all leaders must be. Our pastors and deacons are still sinners and fall short of God’s glory, but conformity to the Savior is what they continually strive for. When they fail, they exemplify something else for the congregation – trust in the gospel.

Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders. The New Testament refers to this as the office of pastor/overseer. The qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well in both the church and everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible, a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation with both those inside and outside the church. The primary duties of elders include praying and studying Scripture, setting vision and direction for the church, caring for the people in the church, preaching, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine or teachers, and developing other leaders. These responsibilities can be summarized in the following four activities: lead, feed, guide and protect.


Pastor Jonathan Christman

Jonathan serves Heritage Baptist Church as the Lead Pastor. He has been on staff at Heritage since 2008. His main responsibilities include, preaching, leadership development, vision casting, and building a culture of mission. Jonathan grew up in Owensboro. He holds degrees from Cedarville University (BA Business), The Bethlehem College and Seminary (Master of Arts in Theology), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div Biblical and Theological Studies). Jonathan is married to an Indian/British wife Tina, and together they have two children Judah and Aaryan. Jonathan enjoys copious amounts of the best coffee, disc golf, reading, and social media interaction. He tweets @jwchristman. You can email Jonathan at


Pastor Mark Redfern

Mark has served Heritage as Executive Pastor since 2014. His main responsibilities include administration, staff oversight and development and preaching. Originally from Louisville, Mark became a Christian in 1996 and moved to Owensboro after graduating college in 2003. He holds degrees from Murray State University (B.A.), Covenant College (M.Ed) and Reformed Baptist Seminary (M.Div). Mark is married to Katie and they have three children: one son, Judson and two daughters, Piper and Caroline. Mark enjoys reading, playing guitar, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, food consumption, and extended periods of unconsciousness. You can email Mark at


Pastor Keith Maddy

Keith was born into a Roman Catholic family. He graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. in Psychology. During those university days, he was radically converted from a life dominated by overt sinfulness and transformed into a passionate follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Upon moving to Owensboro, he became a manager at Texas Gas Corporation. For several years he served HBC as a gifted teacher in our Sunday morning classes.

In 1986, he was ordained as the second pastor of Heritage. In 1998, he left his secular employment to become a full-time pastor. Because of his intense passion to get the gospel to all the nations, he is naturally viewed as the pastor for missions. He is fluent in Spanish and travels regularly to the Dominican Republic, Columbia, South, Cuba, Haiti and Mexico encouraging, instructing andrepresenting nationalist pastors. He is also involved channeling resources to North India for equipping indigenous pastors in evangelistic and church-planting efforts among this enormously unreached people group. He and his wife Joy have two daughters, a son whom they adopted from Korea and two grandchildren. Keith enjoys reading, sermon podcasts, cooking, bike riding and lively fellowship with members of the church. You can email Keith at


Pastor Ted Christman

Ted was born to godly parents in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended Bob Jones University. After obtaining his B.A., he acquired an M.Div. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Ironically, it was those years in seminary that he first understood the gospel and experienced true conversion.

Shortly after seminary, in 1973, he and his wife Dianne moved to Owensboro Ky. where Ted became the founding pastor of Heritage. He is now is his 43rd year of shepherding the flock. He serves the church now as Family Pastor where he focuses the bulk of his time on pastoral care and counseling. Ted has contributed a chapter to Dear Timothy--Letters to a Young Pastor, authored Forbid Them Not, Rethinking the Baptism and Church Membership of Children and Young People and published A Daily Bible Reading Schedule, widely used throughout the U.S. and around the world. He finds immense pleasure in his five grandchildren, enjoys theology, apologetics, nature, jogging and loves just hanging out with his wife of forty-three years. You can email Ted at

Our Deacons

Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as deacons. The word deacon in the New Testament is a word that is translated as “servant.” The office of deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6. As the burden of ministry grew for the early church, elders, in addition to prayer, study, leading, and teaching, were also taking on large workloads to serve the needy and handle the administrative functions of the church. As a solution, the elders appointed deacons to assist the elders in these responsibilities. At Heritage deacons assist the elders in the day-to-day functions of church administration and activity. Qualifications for deacons are found in 1 Timothy 3 and include integrity, generosity, sobriety, a clear understanding of the Bible, a well-ordered home, and a good reputation with people inside the church as well as outside the church.

Tim Hoak - Chairman

Patrick Rowe - Operations

Dave Owens - Security and Set-Up

Jim Gauley - Benevolence

Hugo Lytle - Moving

Dave Reed - Audio/Video

Jeff Catiller - Grounds

Joe Saalwaechter - Building Maintenance

Larry Reed - Sunday School

Cliff Boswell - Legal

Lester Cantrell - Music Team

Keith Withrow - Maintenance

John Divito - Finance