Judy Boogaart, secretary, joined HBC in August, 2016. She is a transplant from Michigan and has happily adjusted to the warmer weather (most days) and really enjoys the warmer winters! Judy spent 19 years as an office manager in a Christian school with 600 students back in Michigan. She and her husband have 2 children, a son (and his wife and 2 children) in the Navy and a daughter who works in Atlanta. Judy graduated Calvin College (a looooong time ago) with a BA in Psychology and minor in Art. She claims she uses the psychology knowledge everyday on her family and now on the staff at HBC. She loves people and people watching and helping where she can. She also enjoys an eye for beauty that God gave her and likes to create, craft, paint, sew and hand stitch when time permits.
Rusty Gunter, our minister of music, is a music performance graduate of Kennesaw State University. Besides his ability to play piano and guitar, he is blessed with a tenor voice through which he honors God and with which he enhances the worship experience for us all. He is a gifted conductor, leading our sanctuary choir, handbell choir, worship band, children's choir and youth ensemble. He is also the webmaster for the church's website. Rusty has completed a Certificate in Christian Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently on track to graduate with a Masters of Theology with an emphasis in Worship Studies from Fuller in 2019. He is married to Blair, and has a beautiful daughter, Jillian.
Michael Tutterow joined Heritage as the Lead Pastor in January 2011. He brings more than two decades of pastoral ministry experience in diverse ministry settings – from the urban context of Atlanta to the beach community of Wilmington, N.C. to the small college town of Mars Hill, N.C. Prior to becoming a pastor, Michael served as the associate editor for the national news journal Baptists Today, and worked as a news editor and writer for a missions organization.
Michael has served in a variety of state and national leadership roles with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He has written news and feature articles as well as book reviews and curriculum for a variety of publications. He also leads conferences and workshops on spiritual formation, the missional church and church renewal. As a certified coach through Coach Approach Ministries, he also assists individuals and organizations to act on their dreams and live into their potential. Michael is also a member of the International Coaching Federation.
For more than 35 years Michael has been married to Vicki, who works as a professional organizer. They have two children – Stephen, who works for a software developer in Atlanta and his wife, Emilee, and their son (our first grandchild!), Callan. Madeleine graduated in 2016 from the University of Georgia and now works in marketing in Los Angeles. Michael holds a B.S. in Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and an M.Div. from The Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Robyn Rhodes began serving as our children’s minister in January of 2016. She has been involved in multiple ministries at Heritage prior to and since joining as a member in 2003. Robyn is a graduate of Berry College where the idea of serving with your head, heart and hands was instilled and cultivated. Since her recent involvement in the children’s ministry, a surge of excitement has been felt within the church. She is focused on creating a hands on environment where children can become well rounded and knowledgeable young Christians. “Ms. Robyn,” as the children call her, strives to have something engaging planned for children of all ages.
In an effort to practice what she preaches, and staying well rounded, Robyn continues to have many interests in addition to the Children’s Ministry at Heritage Baptist Church. She enjoys all things creative including her work as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. She also serves as a substitute teacher for the Bartow County School System. This has been a source a great joy and amazing way to stay connected to the children in our area.
Robyn and her husband Jeff live in Taylorsville, GA. They have two amazing children a “teen” Cameron and a “tween” Sydney. Together they enjoy living the country life, taking backpacking trips and trying to squeeze in family time as much as possible.