Dr. Kelly was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. Pastor was saved as a young man, pursuing a career in baseball and would later surrender his life to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After Bro. Kelly finished his education in Theology, he was involved in church planting and then in mentoring young men for the ministry (which he calls his 'greatest delight'). Pastor Kelly has been married to Leisha Jo for 32 years and has 4 children (Caleb,Hannah,Joshua,Beka) and 2 grand-children (Carter, Chloe).
Keith and Amanda Cates
Keith and Amanda have been married 29 years. They have faithfully served the Lord through the years in Bus Ministry, Teaching and just loving people. They joined Heritage in the spring of 2015. And are truly a blessing to many. They have three children; Zach (Kelly), Jordon (Katie) and Hannah. They also have one granddaughter, Sutton.
Bro. Kirkman was raised in a Christian home, and taught the scriptures from his youth. Saved at the early age of 8 during a revival preached in his church. Then, during a youth meeting, Walt surrendered his life to be a missionary.
Bro. Kirkman attended Bob Jones University in the mid 60"s where he met his wife Eloise. She too had been saved at an early age during a revival meeting. They graduated in 1970 and were married in June of that year. Walt and Eloise spent their honeymoon in Candidate School with Baptist International Missions, in Chattanooga Tennessee.
One year later they left for the field of Papua New Guinea and spent the next 24 years planting churches among the primitive tribes of that country. During that time they were able to see 13 churches established, as well as translate the New Testament into the language of the people.
In 1994 the Kirkman's had to return to the States due to serious health problems. From that time until now they have faithfully helped struggling local churches to continue to go forward for the Lord. Serving churches from French Lick, Indiana to North Little Rock, Arkansas and now faithfully serving the Heritage Baptist Church, Walt and Eloise are a blessing and help to all who know them.