The mission of Heritage Baptist Church is to reach those throughout the world who are without Christ with the Gospel, and to build up and strengthen those who are saved in Christ through the presentation of sound Bible doctrine.
Faculty & Staff
Pastor Stephen Wise
My name is Stephen Wise and I am the Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church. I marvel every day at how good God has been to allow me the privilege of serving Him in this ministry.
I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was six years old. I grew up in a Pastor’s home and learned early in life that you are never too young to serve God. When I began high school God called my father to pastor a church in eastern North Carolina. During my high school years God affirmed His call on my life to serve Him as a preacher of the Gospel.
After graduating from high school in 1989 I began attending Bob Jones University. I graduated in May of 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies. God gave me the opportunity to serve in several ministries while a student at BJU.
On February 4, 1995, I married Amy Barnes in Wilson, North Carolina. Amy is a wonderful wife and an incredible encouragement to me in our years of serving God together. God has blessed us with two children, Elizabeth and Noah. Elizabeth is a student at Pensacola Christian College majoring in Business Management. Noah, is in the seventh grade as a home school student. Noah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on October 26, 2013. He had a bone marrow transplant on June 26, 2014 and by the grace of God he is cancer free today!
God has given me the privilege to serve Him from 1993 to the present in several ministries as a Pastor, Youth Pastor, Administrator, and Teacher.
God directed and led me to Heritage Baptist Church in June of 2011 to serve with my father, Pastor Roy R. Wise, as the church’s youth pastor. During the Spring of 2013 my father began having health difficulties which we would later learn were due to a brain tumor.
August 4, 2013 my father preached his last sermon as the Pastor of HBC. His text was Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. The following Sunday I began serving as the Interim Pastor here at HBC. On December 6, 2013 God promoted my father to Heaven. The church asked me to stay on as my father’s successor. After much prayer and waiting on the Lord, on January 5, 2014 I accepted the call to serve as the Pastor of Heritage Baptist church.
II Samuel 22:31, "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him." I serve a good God and I believe His Word. God says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” While it has been difficult to lose my dad and our pastor, I know that God has a plan for Heritage Baptist Church. We are excited to see what God is going to do through this ministry as we make it our mission to see lives transformed by the Word of God. It is my prayer that God will allow me the privilege of leading this ministry for Him until He comes or takes me Home.
Declaration of Faith
Doctrine of the Bible
We believe in the inspiration of the Bible (both the Old and New Testament) as being plenarily and verbally inspired; that the Bible is reliable in science, history, and every other matter it discusses; that great care should be taken in the use of many modern translations which water down the deity of Christ; that the King James Version (while not itself inspired), yet very accurate in its translation and well-loved in its style, shall be the sole translation used in preaching, teaching, and memorization; and that the Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21; John 10:35.
Doctrine of God
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Matthew 28: 19, 20; II Corinthians 13:14; Deuteronomy 6:4.
Doctrine of Creation
We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of direct, immediate, creative acts of God without any evolutionary process; that man (spirit, soul, and body) was created by a direct work of God. Genesis 1:1-25; Colossians 1:16; John 1:3.
Doctrine of Man and Sin
We believe that God created man in His own image, innocent, and that man by disobedience of the command of God sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is conscious and eternal separation from God in Hell. We believe that all men are born with a sinful nature, evidenced by sinful acts; that man is totally depraved; and that if he is not born again he is eternally lost. Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 10-23; 5:12; 6:23.
Doctrine of Salvation
God has his purposes of grace in salvation of men. These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Ghost upon all who sincerely believe on Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the freedom of man’s will nor render inoperative the proclamation of the Gospel to all. Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4; Isaiah 46:10.
Doctrine of Satan
We believe that Satan is a personal being, a fallen angel, prince of the power of the air, the god of his age, murderer, liar, the adversary of Christ and His people, and the accuser of the brethren, whose destiny is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. Job 1:6,7; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 20:10.
Doctrine of Future Things
We believe in the literal, bodily, personal, pre-millenial and imminent coming of our Lord in the air to catch away all believers unto Himself before the Tribulation period. Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 20:1-6; Hebrews 12:22-24.
Doctrine of the Lord's Day
We believe that in this age of Grace, the Lord’s Day (which is the first day of the week), the day of our Lord’s resurrection, is the proper day for Christian worship and service, and that it ought to be kept sacred to spiritual purposes by abstinence from all unnecessary secular labor and other activities unbecoming to such a day. Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1,2; Colossians 2:13-17.
Doctrine of Separation
We believe that we must stand up against and separate from all Apostasy, Liberalism, Modernism, Ecumenism, Charismatic influences, Neo-Orthodoxy, Neo-Evangelicalism, and Neo-Fundamentalism, as well as all groups, mission boards, organizations, churches, and cults that would compromise, cooperate and fellowship with such that do not uphold the historic Christian fundamentals of the faith as expressed by the Bible. II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; I Thessalonians 1:9,10; II Timothy 3:1-5.
We believe that every Christian is to keep himself unspotted from the world, and in so doing must deny various practices, sinful habits, and worldly dress; and that a proper standard and example must be raised to the lost world and to weaker Christians. James 1:27; I Peter 2:11; Romans 6:11-13.
Doctrine of Civil Government
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; and those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the direct and revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:1- 7; I Timothy 2:2-3; Acts 4:19,20; 5:27-29.