Pastor Ed Byrnes – Pastor
Pastor Ed Byrnes and his wife Crystal relocated to Houston in April 2015 after doing church-plant work in Bend, OR. Pastor Ed & Crystal have three grown children, a daughter-in-law and 3 granddaughters; “A young grandparent” is what Pastor Ed calls himself. Pastor Ed became a follower of Jesus in February 1992 and has been madly in love with Jesus ever since. Coming from an un-churched background, he came into a personal relationship with Jesus at that time and has never looked back. “Grace, when you get it, I mean really get it, is totally amazing.”
Ed loves sports both from a spectators and coaching role. One of his hobbies is coaching basketball and soccer. He and Crystal are best friends and have been married since 1987 and surrendered to full-time ministry in 2006. Pastor Ed has been on staff at a church in Cabot, Arkansas as well as the church-planter/pastor of a church in Bend, Oregon. “Pastoral ministry is not something I never imagined how God would use me. But ever since saying yes to God’s calling, I have loved watching Him up close and personal doing what He does through those that love Him.” His ministry style is all about the gospel. “Jesus is what changed my life and He is all I can offer to anyone.” Since arriving to the Houston area, he has grown to love Heritage Baptist Church and seeing all that God is doing.
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Bro. Dennis Bell – Music Minister
Originally from Modesto, Calif., Bro. Dennis earned a bachelor’s degree in music from The University of the Pacific. He then received a master’s degree in music from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. Bro. Dennis came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in March 1966. He began his music ministry in 1980 and has been at Heritage since 1994. “The Ministry of Music at Heritage Baptist Church exists to reveal the glory of God more clearly and to inspire listeners to worship Him with renewed spirit,” Bro. Dennis said. “We encourage musicians of all ages to use their musical gifts in the proclamation of God’s greatness, love and mercy.” It is Bro. Dennis’ prayer that the church’s efforts to experience the joy and worship of God’s presence will result in a foretaste of the worship we will experience in the company of all the saints and angels! (Rev. 5:13) He and his wife, Mary, were married in 1979 and have four sons: Matt, Tim, Kevin and Brian.
Bro. Jared Murphy – Youth Minister
Bro. Jared came to Heritage Baptist Church in October 2004 after graduating from Sam Houston State University and growing up in Shepherd, Texas. In addition to leading the youth at Heritage, he is a teacher at Foster High School. Bro. Jared desires to see the youth group live for God on an every day basis. He says he grew up “playing church” and it wasn’t until his senior year of high school that he truly understood that God wanted to use him and wanted total commitment from him. “I don’t want to see these kids waste as many years as I did,” Bro. Jared said. “I want to see them ‘get it’ and truly live it.” He married his wife Jennifer on March 11, 2006 after four years of dating.
Rose Bess – Church Secretary