Meet the Team
Rev. James Heffington Jr.
Pastor James grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas where he came to know Christ as Savior at the age of 9. He sensed God’s call to the ministry as a teenager and began pastoring while a student at Baylor. James earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University as well as a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a full-time pastor in Texas since 2000 and our pastor at Harwood since May of 2012.
James is married to Kim and they have 2 children. God has blessed both Kim and James with many diverse opportunities to serve Him. James has served as a youth evangelist, worship leader and pastor. Kim has taught at a Christian school and has served as a leader in several para-church ministries including: Next Step Ministry, Bible Study Fellowship and Young Life. Kim currently works at Covenant Christian Academy and loves getting to be at the same school as her kids! James and Kim love Christ and passionately desire for Him to receive the praise, honor, love and worship due Him from every person He created.
Rachel grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and came to know the Lord as her Savior as a child. She began attending Harwood Terrace with her family when she was in the 5th grade and has been here ever since! While she was always involved in children’s ministry, she began working as the Children’s Minister in November of 2014. Rachel’s vision for children’s ministry is to help children and their families truly know and love Jesus and follow Him.
Rachel graduated from Howard Payne University in 2008 and from Texas Woman’s University in 2010 with a Master’s degree in Child Development. She also currently works as a pre-kindergarten teacher in a local school district. Rachel is passionate about orphan care and adoption. She has traveled several times to Zambia, Africa with Family Legacy Missions International to work with the children there and hopes to be able to go back soon!
Sherita grew up in a small town in west Texas, where she came to know the Lord in her bedroom at the age of 14, before eventually landing in the DFW area. Sherita and her husband, Mike, have been members at Harwood Terrace for about 23 years. Sherita has served as Bible Study teacher, mentor, facilitator, Mother’s Day Out Director, & Financial Assistant before landing in her current job of Ministry Assistant at HTBC. God has blessed Mike & Sherita with 30 years of marriage and two daughters, two sons-in law, and one grandchild. They enjoy family, friends, & traveling.
Joseph grew up in a military family, so although he was born in Arkansas, he spent most of his life in Virginia and most recently, Georgia. He accepted Christ at the age of twelve, and felt called to the ministry at the age of 16. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Middle Georgia State University, and he is currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Joseph spent his teenage and college years at Second Baptist Church, Warner Robins, GA, where he was able to serve in several capacities. He helped with their student ministry as a counselor, intern, and game coordinator for several years. He also used his love of sports to both coach and referee in their Victory Sports Program. He has also been involved with Elevate Camps in Redding, CA for several summers.
Joseph married Ashley Shepard on New Years Eve 2016, and they both, sensing their call to full-time ministry, moved to Texas for Joseph to attend seminary while they both serve here. They both love Jesus and desire to lead, mentor, and encourage students in their personal walk with Christ.