We believe God has given two offices to the Church –– the office of Elder (otherwise called Pastor or Overseer) and the office of Deacon. Elders are called by our exalted Savior (Eph. 4:11) to lead, feed, watch over and protect the flock. True pastors know the sheep belong to the ultimate Shepherd and Overseer (I Peter 2:25) and have no desire to lord their authority over His flock. At the same time, they realize they have been vested with biblical authority and that some day they will give an account for the exercise of their spiritual stewardship. Realizing this humbles and sobers them. In the midst of their humility and sobriety they feel overwhelmed with the privilege of preaching the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ and caring for the souls of His sheep. We are presently blessed with six elders.
Pastor Ted Christman
Ted was born to godly parents living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Deceived about the state of his soul, he attended Bob Jones University to study for the ministry. After obtaining his B.A., he went onto acquire an M.Div. at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Through coming to embrace the reformed faith, in God's kindness he actually savingly embraced the Savior.
In 1973, shortly after seminary, he and his wife Dianne moved to Owensboro where he became the founding pastor of Heritage. He is now is his 37th year of shepherding the flock. 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 enjoys theology, apologetics, nature, jogging and just hanging out with his wife. He and Dianne cherish spending time with their godly son, daughter, son-in-law and grandaughter.
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 of overt wickedness 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 Sunday School teacher.
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 frequently to the Dominican Republic, Columbia, South America, Cuba, Haiti and Mexico encouraging and instructing nationalist pastors. He and his wife Joy have two daughters and a son whom they adopted from Korea. Keith enjoys cooking, bike riding and lively fellowship with the brethren.
Pastor Jonathan Christman
Jonathan grew up in Owensboro. He graduated college from Cedarville University in 2002, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts. In the spring of 2003, he moved to Washington D.C. to serve as a pastoral intern at The Capitol Hill Baptist Church. After completing this internship, Jonathan moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to continue his pastoral training. He was accepted into the pastoral apprenticeship program at The Bethlehem College and Seminary, where he completed his requirements for the M.Div. track. He continued his graduate studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he finished his M.Div. Jonathan is passionate about India, enjoys traveling overseas, preaching, teaching and equipping pastors in various third-world contexts. As one of the pastors of HBC, Jonathan works with with new members and outreach. He also does a good bit of the weekly preaching. Jonathan enjoys reading, coffee, Disc golf and spenging time with people. You can follow him on twitter or facebook. Click, If you would like to
Pastor Mark Redfern
Mark grew up in Louisville and became a Christian at age 15. He graduated from Murray State University with a B.A. in Middle School Education in 2003 and married his college sweetheart, Katie. After graduation, Mark moved to Owensboro to be a part of Heritage Baptist Church and train for Christian ministry. He began as a student at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies and later transferred to Reformed Baptist Seminary, where he earned his Masters of Divinity in the fall of 2010. He was called to serve as a pastor of Heritage that same year. Mark works as a 6th grade Social Studies teacher in a local public middle school and earned his Masters of Education from Covenant College in May 2009. Mark and Katie adopted their son, Judson, from Ethiopia in 2008. Mark enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, listening to music, wrestling with his son, and all things 1980s. Just don't ask him to break dance or moonwalk.