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 Mark Redfern - Pastor for Preaching
Mark has served as a pastor of Heritage since 2010. His main responsibilities include preaching, administration, and ministry oversight. 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 and attending concerts, spending time with friends and family, food consumption, and extended periods of unconsciousness.
Pastor Keith Maddy - Pastor for Missions
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, Cuba, Haiti and Mexico encouraging, instructing and representing 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.
Pastor Keith Withrow - Pastor for Marriage and Family
Keith grew up in Owensboro before attending Bible College and pastoring in Eastern Kentucky. He currently owns and operates a local plumbing and heating/air company. In addition to leading his growing company, Keith invests his time in discipling men, extending hospitality, and caring for the marriages and families of Heritage Baptist Church. He is married to his wife, Kim, and together they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren - with whom they enjoy frequent trips to the lake.
Pastor Thad Gunderson - Pastor for Discipleship
Thad grew up and pastored in Colorado before moving to Owensboro with his family in 2016. He worked as the executive director of a local homeless shelter while serving Heritage as a lay elder until being hired as a full time pastor in the spring of 2019. His primary responsibilities are equipping the church for discipleship, overseeing Gospel Community Groups, working with youth, and providing member care. Thad came to Christ as a child, graduated from college in Wisconsin (B.A.) and seminary in Pennsylvania (M.A.). He is married to Natalie and is blessed with seven children: Elise, Audrey, Anna, Ellie, Jed, Will and Jacob. They have a farm and raise cattle and sheep, and enjoy the outdoors, sports, reading, and spending time with their church family.
In the New Testament, there are two leadership roles in the church: elders and deacons. While elders focus on the spiritual care of the church, deacons focus on physical care. This arrangement ensures that the congregation receives holistic ministry to both soul and body.
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.” 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.
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 handle the physical needs 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 physical needs of 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
Tom Pope - Missions