Meet our leadership team

Jeremy sparks

Staff Elder

Jeremy and his wife Meredith have been married since 2006 and have 4 children: Lizzy, Ben, Arabella, and Abe. 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." 

Brian (Mowgli) larimer


Mowgli has been a part of Heritage Fellowship since 2013. He and his wife Becky have been married since 2008 and have four sons. He graduated from Southern Evangelical Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Mowgli recently completed his Masters from Liberty University. He teaches frequently on Sunday mornings.

Christopher messer

Elder & Worship Leader

Christopher and his wife, Rissa, have been married for since 2012. 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. Chris also serves in IT with Laurens County School District 56. They felt called to serve at Heritage in February of 2014, and have been serving here since. They have three children: Jem, Jeremiah, and Adelaide. 

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. 

jacob edmisten


Jacob is married to his high school sweet heart, Kelsey. They are both native South Carolinians and grew up in Clinton. They have four sons: Judah, Damarian, August, and Shepherd. Jacob and Kelsey originally began serving with Heritage in February of 2014 in worship leadership. They took a 3 year hiatus in 2016 due to geographic limitations and returned to serve at Heritage in 2018. Jacob serves as the Chief Development Officer for Miracle Hill Ministries in the upstate of SC, an organization that operates rescue missions, recovery centers, and a foster care program. Jacob is passionate about the Lord, teaching the Bible, music & worship leadership, and aerial photography.

Justin dillon

Director of Heritage Kids & Youth

Justin and his wife, Haley, have been married since 2016. They have two children, a son named Nathan and a daughter named Alana. Justin is originally from Philadelphia, and Haley from Buffalo. Justin and Haley both attended Cairn University where Justin received a Bachelor’s in Bible and Youth Ministry and Haley a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Haley has since completed her Masters in Social Work. Justin and Haley came to Clinton in 2017 to work for Thornwell and have been attending Heritage ever since.

Jon Sampson

Director of Foster & Adoption Advocacy

Jon and his wife, Heidi, are foster and adoptive parents who are passionate about the Church's involvement in caring for vulnerable children and families. Jon serves in foster care advocacy and recruitment vocationally and uses that expertise to serve as a liaison between Heritage Fellowship and foster care ministries. Jon and Heidi live in Clinton with their dog, 2 forever kids, and 2 foster kids.