Heritage Church finds its mission in the Great Commission (Mathew 28:18-20). We are on mission to grow in our love for Jesus. We believe love for Jesus compels us to obey Jesus (John 14:15;21). As a local church, we fulfill the Great Commission by growing in personal obedience to Jesus' commands while multiplying disciple-makers.
We desire to be a people that embody Jesus' statement on love; his statement teaching that, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). Truth be told, we routinely fall short of this command. Nevertheless, we confess that how we love one another serves as a primary marker identifying Christ followers to those outside the Christian faith. Therefore, despite our shortcomings, we believe we are called to engage one another in significant and meaningful ways such that no person outside the local church doubts the profound ways in which the gospel has changed our lives.
Our discipleship pathway includes knowing God, experiencing community, making disciples, and using our gifts to change the world.
Aaron Hembree has been the youth pastor at Heritage Church since July 1, 2018. He lives in the church parsonage with his wife Jamie, daughter Laynie, and an ever-extending family of individuals in foster care and transitional living. Aaron's passions are bringing people into community together and teaching them God's word. His formal education includes a BS in Environmental Engineering from OSU and he is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His hobbies include drinking coffee and reading books. You'll often find the Hembrees at their local coffee shop, the Gathering Place, located downtown Shawnee.