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As with any group of people there has to be orderly and peaceful working out of the ministry in the local church. With that in mind Heritage has established Biblical leadership through its elders.


Heritage Fellowship Church is an elder led community. It is the responsibility of our elders to lead the church in faith and practice according to the teachings of the Word of God. We currently have two elders who oversee the ministry of Heritage. They are assisted by an administrative counsel comprised of three men of the church. Besides being Biblical, this form of government allows the church to quickly and efficiently respond to various needs and opportunities.

Local Church Community at Heritage

We see in the early church a pattern where everyone from the youngest to the oldest met together in community as a local body of believers. We feel this joining together of the entire community in Christ is the best way to keep the church strong as it faces the challenges of living in today’s world.

Brian Speer, Elder

A life-long native of NC, Brian has served in five different churches spanning 22 years of ministry. In 2002, Brian and his family moved to Shelby in order for Brian to serve as The Equipping Pastor at Putnam Baptist Church. In 2007, Putnam sent Brian and Gary out from the church to start Heritage Fellowship. Brian and his wife, Laura, have nine children - six daughters (1 married) and three sons.

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Gary White, Elder

Gary helped plant Heritage in the fall of 2007. He grew up in Sandy Mush, NC (yes, it is a real place) about 20 minutes from Boiling Springs, NC. He graduated in 1989 with an associates degree in the fine arts followed by his bachelors degree in art education in 1991. In 2007 he graduated with his masters degree in religion with a specialization in pastoral counseling. He has been married to Shannon since June 1, 1991 and has two boys and five girls. He currently lives just outside of Cliffside, NC.

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