Elder Team

Elders are the leaders of the church who in the Bible are also called pastors, bishops, and overseers (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 5:2). Elders are to be men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements (1 Timothy 2:11-3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and an elder’s duties include ruling (1 Timothy 5:17) managing (1 Timothy 3:4-5), tending (1 Peter 5:2-5), giving account (Hebrews 13:17), living an exemplary life (Hebrews 13:7), using authority (Acts 20:28), teaching (Ephesians 4:11, 1 Timothy 3:2), preaching (1 Timothy 5:17), doctrinal instruction (Titus 1:9), and church discipline (Matthew 18:15-17).

The clear pattern of scripture is for local churches to train up multiple qualified elders to serve together as a safeguard for both the church and the elders (Acts 20:17; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 5:1). Within our leadership, Jesus alone is the Senior Pastor (1 Peter 5:4). Below, you will find the pastors under him who lead and serve in our church family.

  • Jeremy SParks

    Jeremy and his wife Meredith have been married for 10 years and have 2 children: Lizzy and Ben.  Jeremy is a native of Fountain Inn, S.C. and currently serves the city of Fountain Inn as a full-time firefighter.  He enjoys the outdoors and spending quality time with his family.  Jeremy moved to Clinton, S.C. in 2013 to help plant Heritage Fellowship.  He is a graduate of Colorado Christian University and Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.  When asked what he is passionate about he stated, "seeing the Gospel of Jesus Christ transform lives.

  • Ken Bolt

    Ken and his wife Leah have 2 sons: Tristan and Asher.  Ken graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Parks and Recreation and later earned his Master of Divinity from Gardner Webb Divinity School.  Prior to embarking on this journey with Heritage he served in many different areas at Simpsonville First Baptist.  He works at CCL Label in Clinton, S.C. and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.  

  • Christopher Messer

    Christopher and his wife, Rissa, have been married for 5 years. Christopher is originally from Greenwood, and met Rissa while attending Lander University. Christopher received a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and Rissa received a degree in Special and Elementary Education. They felt called to serve at Heritage in February of 2014, and have been serving here since. They now have three children: Jem, Jeremiah, and Adelaide.

  • Brian (Mowgli) Larimer

    Mowgli has been a part of Heritage Fellowship since 2013. He and his wife Becky have three sons with another on the way! In 2015, he graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He currently works at Thornwell, where he helps kids transition to independence and teaches parenting skills to families in an intensive in-home program. 

  • Steven Laird

    Steven describes himself as first a follower of Christ, second a husband, and third a father. He and his wife Megan met at North Greenville College where he earned a BS in Business Administration and later married in 1999. They have two children, a daughter named Lorien and a son named Jackson.  When asked about his passions he stated "my plans were to take the business world by storm and make money hand over fist, so I could give part of it to Jesus. However, God, and my wife, had other plans for my life. They awoke in me a passion for the fatherless and since the year 2000 I've dedicated my life to working with children in the foster care system. This work and this passion have kept me humble and dependent on God, as there is much work and few resources. The only way all the work can be done is if God intervenes. And over and over again I've seen God step in and redeem what seemed irredeemable.

Leadership Team

Heritage's Leadership Team is made up of individuals who lead different areas of ministry at Heritage. The Elder Team communicates with this group on a regular basis to get a pulse on the health, needs, and opinions of our Gospel Community. The leadership team and elders work together in achieving our mission and vision as a gospel community. 

  • Meredith Sparks

    Heritage Kids

  • Ryan Miller

    Heritage Student Ministry