John Strader – Senior Pastor
Pastor John Strader was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1984. The eldest of 3 boys, John gave his life to Christ at a Vacation Bible School held in his hometown. He attended South Houston High school as well as completed culinary school at the Le Cordon Bleu in Galveston. After working as a chef for over 7 years, John knew that God was calling him to feed people spiritually, so he began attending seminary classes at Heritage Baptist Institute in 2009, where he met his wife. John completed and earned his degree in missions from Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock. In May of 2013, John was ordained as a minister of the gospel. At Creekmont Baptist Church, John served as a youth pastor, and then he and his wife surrendered to the mission field of East Kenya, Africa, where they saw God do amazing things along the coast of Kenya as new churches were planted. After living in Kenya for five years, John was called to return to Heritage as the senior pastor in November of 2019. John and Amber have been married since June of 2011 and are blessed with three children. John’s desire is to see people grow in their relationship with Christ.
Ben Woodward – Associate Pastor
I was saved at the age of nine in Belflower, CA and answered God’s call to the ministry in 2000. My greatest burden is to see lost souls come to Jesus Christ. The Lord led our family to join with Heritage Baptist Church in 2007.
I married my best friend, and ministry partner, Terese, in 1993. Throughout my ministry I have worked on the mission field in Central Texas, Peru, South America and Kenya, Africa. In 2009 the Lord called us to serve Him as missionary church planters in Belize, Central America, and Heritage sent us to that field. Over the years, I have served in all areas of student ministry and as interim pastor to revitalize a struggling church in Amarillo, Texas until the Lord provided His permanent pastor three years later. God has been good; He has been faithful, and graciously allowed us to work with some of the best people in the world. We are humbled at His goodness, grateful for His blessings, and anticipate His continued work in our lives. We are honored to have served where we have, and consider it a privilege to serve the Lord once again at Heritage Baptist Church. I look forward to meeting you and to what God has in store for this body.
Rose Bess – Office Manager
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Rose moved to Houston in September 1972. Rose accepted Jesus as Savior at the age of 20. She is still amazed by the love that God has for her. She became a member of Heritage Baptist Church in April 2005. Rose began her position of secretary in November 2015 after retiring from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs with 31 years of service to our nations Veterans. She considers her position of secretary as a ministry rather than a job and loves the members of Heritage. Rose loves helping and serving her church family and people in general. When not working, she loves traveling, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family. She has five children, thirteen grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.