Staff & Leadership

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 12 years and have 3 children: Lizzy, Ben and Arabella. 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 Larimer (Mowgli)

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. He is currently working on a Masters from Liberty University (complete in May 2020). Mowgli currently serves as a staff Elder at Heritage. 

Steven Larid

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.

Christopher Messer

Christopher and his wife, Rissa, have been married for 6 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.

Jonathan Justice

Jonathan and his wife, Barrett, have been married since 2010 and have two boys with another one on the way! Jonathan and Barrett met at Anderson University where he earned a degree in Christian Ministries and she earned a degree in Secondary Education: Biology. Later, he went on to earn a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina which he uses for his current job position at Michelin.  Jonathan has been a part of Heritage since 2015 and has loved serving this fellowship since day one.

Jon Sampson- Director of Foster Care and Adoption Advocacy

Heritage Fellowship

Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 AM

600 E. Florida Street
Clinton, S.C. 29325

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