Brief history of heritage hills baptist church
As of July 31, 2016, Heritage Hills Baptist Church represents a union of two congregations: Heritage Hills Baptist Church, founded in 1996 and Maranatha Baptist Church, founded in 2006.
Heritage Hills Baptist Church was born out of Southpark Baptist Church in February of 1996. Pastor Jennings O’Neil and the congregation of SBC broke ground to start Heritage Hills Baptist Church that year. God provided the land and the funds to start this church in a location where people could be reached with the gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Over the past 30 years the O’Neils, and several faithful members, have served the community and been a witness for our Lord.
As Pastor O’Neil began to pray concerning the future of the church, he began to ask God to provide someone to come and care for his people and continue the ministry of Heritage Hills Baptist Church. Through much prayer and counsel, God answered this prayer through Maranatha Baptist Church.
Maranatha Baptist Church began as a church plant with a vision to begin a church that would welcome people from all cultural backgrounds. Pastor Steve Pittman shared his vision of planting a multi-cultural church with his pastor, who gave his blessing to send him out to begin the work. This church plant started out as a prayer meeting with several students. When God’s timing was right, Maranatha Baptist Church held its first official service on September 10, 2006. There were a little over 20 people including students and several couples that God sent.
Maranatha Baptist Church saw God work in so many ways through its short history. With a heavy emphasis on supporting missionaries, they have sent out 8 couples and support over 30 missionary families and entities.
One of the greatest blessings that God has given our church is what we first began praying for, a multi-cultural congregation. The Lord has brought many cultures into our church family including, European, Asian, Hispanic, and African. With the numerical growth MBC was in need of a larger building to accommodate all the classrooms for Sunday school and a large room for fellowship meals. God answered this prayer through Heritage Hills Baptist Church.
We praise God for how these two congregations both voted unanimously to merge into one congregation. We now work together for the furtherance of the gospel.