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, 8:40 worship band, children's choir and youth ensemble. Rusty teaches guitar, piano, and voice lessons. He is also the webmaster for the church's website. Currently enrolled at Fuller Theological Seminary, Rusty is working on a Certificate in Christian Studies. 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.
Zeke Stephenson is our minister of youth. He is originally from a small town called Rutherfordton, in western North Carolina. Zeke received a B.S. in Psychology from Gardner-Webb University in 2013. For five summers throughout college and beyond, Zeke worked for PASSPORT camps in various roles from Bible Study Leader, to Camp Director. He also worked in the PASSPORT National Office as the Youth Camp and Operations intern for about a year and a half. It was at PASSPORT where Zeke first met the students from Heritage Baptist Church. Currently a Masters of Divinity Student at the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, Zeke has a concentration in Community Development. Zeke loves to observe and help facilitate the faith formation that happens in teenagers as they grow and live into the life that God has called them to.