Our Pastor

Dr. Heather Crews

Three years ago, Pastor Heather joined us at Courthouse Road Church. Since her arrival, she continues to be delighted to see what God will do next and is eager to be a part of the church’s vision to be an irresistible influence for Jesus, where all people experience, love and a personal relationship. 

In addition to living out passion for the church family and community, Pastor Heather also feels blessed with having family time in her busy life to go on adventures with her family. Pastor Heather is married to Eric, a software engineer and they have two children, Molly and Owen who attend Richmond Academy.

Here is a little of Pastor Heather’s story…

Having grown up in a double pastors’ family, with both parents serving the Seventh-day Adventist church in various ministry capacities, she learned the lesson early that membership is a mission adventure that invites involvement and that discipleship has always been a way of life, defining who she is and not something she does.

While beginning her college career at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska with plans to complete nursing and pre-medical training, Pastor Heather had a life-changing experience with God and He made it clear it was time to make a change in career plans. She heard God’s call on her heart to the Gospel ministry. In December of 1998, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theology at Southwestern Adventist University where she served as Associate Pastor at the Cleburne church in Texas before an opportunity came to attend the Theological Seminary at Andrews University.

Upon completion of her Master of Divinity degree in 2002, she returned to the Texas Conference. There, Heather was entrusted with the leadership of two churches, Brownwood and Coleman County. While serving in this district, her ministry focused on lifestyle evangelism, worship and Biblical spirituality. After two and a half years with these congregations, God opened the doors to transition to a new role as Pastor for Church Life at the Keene Church at Southwestern Adventist University.

The ten years at the University Church in Keene provided for a wide range of ministry involvements. From connecting new members to the church community, to supporting ministries for new moms and young families, to young adult ministry. She gave special emphasis to training and support of Bible workers, prayer meeting series and outreach events.

Heather enjoys researching the spiritual disciplines of early Adventists; how they studied the Bible, how they prayed and how they experienced God. Completing her Doctorate of Ministry in 2016 including writing a resource based on her passion in this area (the book is a small group study on how to create a deepening relationship with God by following in their footsteps). 

Before coming to Richmond, Pastor Heather served in the three church districts of Newport News, Williamsburg and Yale. During this time, she discovered a delight in ministering to families with small children and creative outreach.

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