Heritage Baptist Church is a friendly place where the Bible is preached, Jesus Christ is exalted, and people from all walks of life find joy, peace and belonging. We invite you to visit with us and discover the wonder of a saving relationship with Jesus.
Sunday School – 9:30 AM Sunday Morning Worship – 10:30 AM Sunday Evening Service – 5:00 PM Wednesday Evening Prayer & Bible Study – 7:00 PM
We believe the Bible to be God’s Word, His authoritative revelation to man. We believe in having no fellowship with the “unfruitful works of darkness” and in separating from those church groups who reject the plain truths of the Bible. This is often called a belief in personal holy living and ecclesiastical separation. We believe believer’s immersion, church membership only for the saved, the privilege and responsibility of the individual to go directly to God in worship, congregational government, and the separation of church and state.
We are independent of worldly or denominational control, but dependent on the Lord as our guide and the Bible as our authority for practice.
We believe in proclaiming the forgiveness of sins and eternal life only through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior.
We take seriously Christ’s command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel.”
The practice of Biblical principles is the key to individual transformation in living and the development of a life that pleases God. Consequently, the systematic teaching of the Bible is central to all of our ministries.
Our music does not mimic the sound of the world. While our music is heart-warming, it is distinctively godly in its style.
Family Oriented. Our ministry is designed to develop and encourage families by teaching God’s role for each member of the home.
Nursery for children under 2 is provided for each service
Pre school children class meeting Sunday and Wednesday Evening
Pre-School and Lower Elementary meeting during Sunday Morning Service.
Children from Pre-school through Sixth Grade meet during the Wednesday Evening Service for Bible Study, Singing and Games during the school year. This group also meets during the summer months with a different curriculum.
Youth Group (Teens)
Grades 7 -12 meet during the Wednesday Evening Prayer service and during Sunday School with Pastor Caleb and Elise Gillespie, activities and/ or ministry on a monthly basis.
College and Career
College age and young adults meet during the Sunday School hour and for Bible Study and other times for activities and fellowship.
Ladies Joy Fellowship
Ladies of all ages meet for Bible Study and Fellowship on regular basis with activities throughout the year.
Men’s Bible Study
Meets on select Saturday Morning’s for Breakfast and Prayer.
Seniors meet for Bible Study and Fellowship on regular basis with activities throughout the year.
Teen – Grades 7-12
College & Career
Adult – New Members Class
Adult – Lecture Format
Adult – Discussion Format
Pastor Dave Anderson
A biographical sketch for the believer is really a recounting of
some of the wonderful acts of God’s grace for that individual. God is
tailoring a unique storyline for each of His obedient children as He
weaves them into the image of His dear Son.
Dave was born into a godly home and had a front row seat to watch the
Lord grow and develop his folks into a mature pastor and wife. Through
the Lord’s work and his parent’s influence, he came to faith in Christ
at the age of six and was baptized by immersion three years later. It
was during his junior high years, under the preaching ministry of his
father, that the Lord began to tug at his heart to be a preacher. He was
married to Debbie Wagner after completing his bachelor’s degree at
Maranatha Baptist Bible College, eventually moving to Pennsylvania to
finish his Master of Divinity degree at Calvary Baptist Theological
Seminary in 1991.
During his first staff position as youth and music pastor, serving at
Faith Baptist Church of Lebanon, PA, the Lord rounded out their family
with two sons and two daughters. In 1997, the Lord graciously directed
their family to serve under Dr. David Cummins and then Dr. Marty
Marriott at Faith Baptist Church in Warren, MI. These were years filled
with wonderful mentoring, continued education, and growing ministry
opportunities. It was also during these years in 2009 that the Lord, in
His grace, called his wife, Debbie, home to be with Him through cancer.
Life with the Lord is an adventure; our Loving Father teaching us to
anticipate our ultimate rejoicing in heaven while enjoying the
excitement that His morning-mercies bring us each day. 2011 was a year
of sweet transition for Dave’s family as God graciously provided Abi
Potter as a wife and mother for them. Abi is the daughter of Baptist
World Missions missionaries, Dr. David and Jean Potter in Pecs, Hungary.
God also transitioned them into the role of senior pastor at Heritage
Baptist Church in Roscoe, IL. They rejoice in the loving flock that the
Lord has called them to shepherd and are thrilled to see the Lord
building His church in Roscoe.
The Anderson’s three oldest children are married, and Dave and Abi
rejoice in the opportunities the Lord is affording their children in
ministry. They also have a daughter who is teaching missionary children
in the Philippines, and enjoy being grandparents to two little
sweethearts! The Lord has given them two younger children to enjoy,
train, and keep their home filled with laughter.
Dave has the privilege of serving on the boards of Maranatha Baptist University and Camp Joy, as well as being actively involved in the fellowship and church-planting efforts of the Association of Independent Baptist Churches of Illinois. He has been honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Maranatha Baptist University.
Pastor Rod and Doris have been a
delightful gift to our church family.
Having grown up farming, and becoming a successful business man, the
Lord allowed Pastor Rod to serve as a senior pastor, including church planting,
for over forty years. Upon retiring from
fulltime ministry and moving closer to his son’s family (our pastor), they
joined our church family and quickly endeared themselves to us. Pastor Rod officially became our Visitation
Pastor in December of 2017.
Pastor Rod received both his bachelor’s
and master’s degrees from Maranatha Baptist University and faithfully served
the Wisconsin Fellowship of Baptist Churches as a board member and treasurer
for many years. Rod and Doris enjoy
every opportunity to love on their family which includes two children and their
spouses, ten grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
Caleb and his sweet wife Elise have the joy of leading our teen
ministry, helping in our music ministry, and serving in numerous other
ways here at Heritage.
Caleb grew up in a godly home, the second of eight children, and
accepted Christ as his Savior as a boy. He holds a bachelor’s degree
from Maranatha Baptist University in missions and is currently pursuing a
master’s degree in biblical counselling. Elise, who grew up in rural
Washington state, the sixth of seven children, was nurtured in a godly
home and saved as a teenager. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s
degree at Maranatha Baptist University in biblical counselling.