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Dave Graef

Lead Pastor

Dave and Monika are the newest members of the HBC leadership team. Dave received his M. Div. from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. He became the lead pastor of HBC in July of 2014. He has a passion for leadership development. As a missionary in Costa Rica, he co-founded a ministry called Servant Leaders Training which has as its slogan “Recognizing, Refining & Releasing the leadership potential of the church.” Dave and Monika are excited to help HBC be a light into such an ethnically and culturally diverse community.

Dave enjoys just about any activity that happens outdoors (Hiking, canoeing, rock-climbing, skiing, rafting, etc.) When he’s not outdoors enjoying God’s creation, you might find him playing sports with friends or practicing jiu-jitsu.

Monika brings a lot to the table. She is also proficient in Spanish, and loves to build mentoring relationships. She has a heart to serve and puts her heart and soul into her ministries. Dave and Monika have three children. Aidan (14) has a sensitive heart toward God and is very creative. Abby (12) is our social connection. She just adores younger children and makes a great babysitter. Olivia, (8) is our shy little artist… until you get to know her!


Dennis Long

Worship & Missions Pastor

Dennis Long is the Worship & Missions Pastor at Heritage where he directs the choir, praise team and orchestra and manages the Missions Team. Along with the other pastors, Dennis plans the worship experience each week to include as many believers as possible in a meaningful time of praise to our great God and Savior.

Dennis, a California native, graduated from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, then continued his education working towards a Master's degree in church music at Biola University. He served six years at several churches in Southern California before coming to Michigan where he worked with music and youth for seven years in the Detroit area. The Lord led him and his family back to the Grand Rapids area in 1997.

Dennis and his wife Anne have five children; Christopher, Kara, Eric, Timothy, and Grace. When not in rehearsal, Dennis may be found downhill skiing, spending time with his family, flying R/C airplanes, or cruising the back roads on his motorcycle.


Tim Oberst

Student Pastor

In July of 2009, Tim accepted the position of Student Pastor here at Heritage. While serving as a volunteer in the church, Tim spent eight years in business management before the call to full-time ministry. Tim graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute in up-state New York and he is currently continuing his education with Liberty University.

Tim has a desire and passion to help students love God with their whole heart and then live it out in their everyday lives.

Tim and his wife Tracy have two little girls, Hayley and Ashley. When he is away from the office, Tim can be found spending time with his family and friends, playing at the beach, fishing and boating. Tim also enjoys basketball, volleyball and Michigan Wolverine football games.


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