Heritage Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church in fellowship with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches and the Michigan Association of Regular Baptist Churches . The church began in 1976 as Heritage Baptist Fellowship, a church planting ministry of Hiawatha Baptist Missions, now Continental Baptist Missions, with Rev. Jim Van Liere as missionary pastor. Property was purchased on U.S. 31 in 1978 and in the fall construction began on our present building under the direction of Donald Chilson, a missionary builder with Hiawatha Baptist Missions. The new building was finished in the spring of 1979 and dedicated on the 4th of August. On October 18, 1983 a Recognition Council formally recognized the fellowship as a duly organized and constituted New Testament Baptist Church, and on May 31, 1986 the church graduated from mission status.
Rev. T. Eric Struble graduated from Faith Baptist Bible College of Ankeny, Iowa, where he and his wife Brenda met. He served as Youth Pastor for twelve years in the state of Ohio, first at Faith Baptist Church of Amherst and then at New Milford Baptist Church of Rootstown. In May of 1999 he became the fourth pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, where he was ordained to the Gospel ministry on September 26, 1999. The Strubles have four children (three grown sons - two of whom are married - and a daughter who recently graduated from high school) and a new little granddaughter.
Sunday School meets every Sunday morning at 9:45 AM and provides religious instruction for children, teens and adults through a graded curriculum.
AWANA meets every Wednesday night during the school year from 6:45 - 8:00 PM and provides religious instruction in a fun environment for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade through the use of Bible handbook time, game time, and council time.
Teen Life, which meets from 6:45 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday nights during Awana season and on Thursday nights the rest of the year, provides a casual atmosphere for teens in grade 7-12th to discuss spiritual truths.
Vacation Bible School meets for a week during the summer and through the use of fun and exciting themes (2016 theme: Ocean Commotion) teaches boys and girls in Kindergarten through 6th grade important Bible truths.