Unfortunately, stats show that up to 90% of men who begin their career as pastors do not finish. Many factors contribute to this sad statistic, one of which is that pastors often grow isolated and over-burdened in ministry. Our approach is different. We have multiple pastors, each of whom oversees different areas of church ministry (e.g., Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5, James 5:14). We also have a full-time ministry staff who lead various church ministries and are an integral part of the overall team (Eccl 4:12).
Practically, our structure means our pastors share the pulpit more than in many churches. Our approach to preaching highlights the importance of the Word of God over the man in the pulpit. It also gives each pastor the ability to invest more deeply in the people and ministries of the church than would otherwise be possible. We are blessed to have a great team at Heritage, and we invite you to check out the bios below to get to know each member. Feel free to contact any of us at any time!
Pastor of Worship and Student Ministry
Jason Redick serves as Pastor of Worship and Student Ministry. Jason was raised in South Dakota and married his high school sweetheart, Toni. They moved to Missouri to attend Southwest Baptist University, where Jason graduated in 2001 with a degree in Religious Education. Jason and Toni have two beautiful daughters , Samantha and Collyn. Jason and Toni have a passion to see students come to faith in Jesus and grow deeper in their walk. Jason is a huge fan of the New York Mets and theSan Francisco 49ers. Jason has served on the church staff since 2006.
Pastor of Vision and Outreach
Kevin serves as Pastor of Vision and Outreach. Kevin takes the lead in casting vision for the church and overseeing the church staff. Kevin is an avid reader, writer, Chiefs and Cardinals fan. Kevin is also a huge practical jokester, which leads to a lot of fun in the office. Kevin and his wife, Tammy, have served together in ministry for over 31 years at various churches around Missouri. He served previously at Heritage from 2013-2017 and came back as Pastor of Vision and Outreach in October 2020.
Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship
Tim serves as Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship. Tim and his wife, Valissa, both grew up in Lebanon, MO. Tim has a passion for seeing people learn the Bible and apply its truth to their life. Tim graduated in 2013 from Southwest Baptist University with a degree in Biblical Studies, 2016 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in Christian Ministry, and 2021 from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (OT Emphasis). Tim and Valissa have three kids, Adali, Selah, and Griff. They enjoy Tim Hawkins, Settlers of Catan, and taking long rides in the car.
Associate Pastor of Family Ministry
Caleb grew up in Lebanon, graduated as a Lebanon Yellow Jacket, and after moving to several cities over a period of a few years, he and his family have put down roots back home. He earned his BA in Youth Ministry and Bible from Baptist Bible College and is currently working on a Master of Divinity. Caleb has a wide range of work experience including serving as a Family Pastor in churches in Houston, TX and Springfield, MO, working as a Director of Admissions at Boston Bible College, and working as a Funeral Director in Buffalo, MO. Caleb has served as our Children's Minister since March of 2023. His first and favorite ministry is his family. He's been married to his wife Laurissa since 2013 and they have two kids, Liam and Kennedy. Some of his favorite things to do include playing board games, pickleball, disc golf, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Director of Communications and Media
Laurissa was born in Texas and grew up in Olathe, KS. She has since moved all over the country including Houston, Boston, and Springfield. She and her family started attending Heritage in the fall of 2021. Laurissa graduated from Baptist Bible College with a degree in Intercultural Studies, and she has had a passion for working with children her entire life. For the last several years, she has been a stay at home mom with her two kids, Liam and Kennedy. Laurissa's hobbies include reading and baking.
Tammy serves as an administrative assistant and has a passion for ministering to women. Kevin and Tammy enjoy hiking, traveling to the mountains, and spending time with their kids and grandkids. Tammy also makes the best cinnamon rolls on the planet!
Director of Journey Zone Daycare
Dinvir is a Lebanon native and has attended Heritage since 2017. She graduated from Lebanon High School, from Ozark Technical Community College with an Associate of Arts in Teaching, and from Western Governors University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics Middle Grades. She worked as a District Manager of Blockbuster Video and a preschool teacher before becoming the Director of Journey Zone. Dinvir is married to her husband Frank Calvillo III and has three boys, Dominik, Devyn, and Phillip. She enjoys being outside hiking, riding bikes, going shooting, and spending time with family.
Administrator of The Cross Christian School
Valissa is an SBU grad with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education & Early Childhood and a master's in Administration K-12. She first taught at Esther Elementary before working at Journey Zone Daycare at Heritage in 2015. Now she is the fearless leader of the TCCS team. Valissa has lived in Lebanon and attended Heritage for most of her life. She is the wife of Pastor Tim Howe and mother of their three kids: Adali, Selah, and Griff. A couple of Valissa's favorite things to do include reading a good book and playing games with friends.
Lori has been attending Heritage since about 2008 and has been on staff as our Financial Secretary since 2018. Her previous work experience includes a school secretary, an accounting assistant, and an administrative manager. She and her husband, Jerry, have three kids, Jerod, Jason, and Lesli, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Lori enjoys going to her granddaughters ball games and competitions, spending time with her family, and gardening.