What We Believe

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection in His ascension to the right of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Covenant

Each member admitted into the Communion and fellowship of this Church shall give assent to the following covenant, or to the form of Covenant for Liturgical use: We declare our belief in the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of all men. We promise to do the will of God as we know it or shall hereafter learn it. We recognize in Christ the way, the truth, and the life. We confess our purpose to learn of Him, to become like Him and to advance His power in the hearts and lives of men. We recognize the Churches as fellowships of those who love Christ’s way and are joined together for mutual encouragement and increased power in working at the common task of reaching the people of the world with the Gospel. We covenant with this Church as our Church; desiring to love its members; being eager to sustain its worship and work; seeking its peace, purity, and increase; and promising to do what we can share its part in transforming the world with the message of redemption and forgiveness from sin.

Our History

Congregationalism came to America on the Mayflower to reestablish a church on the New Testament pattern – a fellowship of persons who freely choose to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The earliest Christian believed that wherever two or three were gathered together in the Name and Spirit of Jesus Christ, that Christ would be there with them. The Mayflower Pilgrims also gathered together freely, committing themselves to worship and serve together as the Spirit of God moved them. In matters of faith, they accepted full responsibility for their personal relationship with God in Christ and allowed no outside authority to dictate how they should believe. worship or serve God. Congregationalists expect each member to have a personal relationship with God as the motivating force in his or her life. The purpose of the Church is to help us grow in our relationship with God and our expression of God’s love in our lives.

Church Leadership

Rev. Dr. Patrick F. Hunt

Pastor

Dr. Hunt has been married for 48 years to Linda and together they have 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. He attended Youngstown State University from1966 – 68 in pre-med studies and transferred to Moody Bible Institute graduating in 1971. His studies continued at Liberty University and completed a doctorate at Master’s International University of Divinity in Evansville, IN.
Dr. Hunt began ministry in Chicago, IL in 1969 as a member of the Chicago Team Ministry as pastor of Englewood Mennonite Church and subsequently as a church planting missionary with the Mennonite Board of Missions in Davenport, Ia. from 1970 – 1973. Concurrent with his pastoral ministry he worked with Moody Radio Station WDLM in Moline, Ill. From 1974 – 79, his ministry continued while serving as a Youth Guidance Director working with adjudicated delinquent youth. The family moved to Berea, Oh in 1979 and he became the director inner-city ministries with Greater Cleveland Youth for Christ. While serving in Youth for Christ, he was an Associate Pastor with the Peoples’ Community Church in Berea, OH for 26 years and was the Athletic Director of Berea High School with the Berea City School District for 16 years. Rev. Hunt has served in the Ohio Association of Congregational Christian Churches as the Vice Moderator, Moderator, and Trustee. In the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, he is a chairing the Growth Ministry Council. Dr. Hunt has proudly served as the pastor of Heritage Congregational Church since April 2007.

Ron Thomas

Reverend

Ron was raised in Berea and is a member of the Berea High School class of 1966. His undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1970. He had minors in Mathematics and Astronomy. From June , 1970 through December, 1977 Ron was a teacher for the Cleveland Public Schools. He taught Science and Math at Central Jr. High School from 1970-1975, then served as a resource teacher at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from June, 1975 through December, 1977. From January, 1978 through February, 1981 Ron served as the Curator of Education and Planetarium Director for the Kalamazoo Public Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ron returned to Ohio and entered the IT field. From 1983 through 1992 he worked for several software development firms. In 1993 he joined the Center for Pathology Informatics at the Cleveland Clinic as a Systems Analyst. He retired from the Clinic in April, 2014. Ron received his Master of Ministry from Masters International School of Divinity in February, 2013. He was ordained to the Ministry by Heritage Congregational Church on October 5, 2013.

Ron is a musician and an avid sports fan, especially baseball, the PBR, and NASCAR. He and Bev have been married since October 6, 1984 and have a daughter, Lauren. Ron also has a son, Jim from a previous marriage. The family also has three dogs and three cats. Ron and Bev have four grandchildren. Mic. 6:8 and Col. 3:23-24

Dale Matthias

Minister

Commissioned on 5/20/2012.
5-year mentorship under Pastor Donald Limmer (1yr) and Pastor Patrick Hunt (4 yrs).
Bible Study Fellowship.
Grief Care Fellowship.
Extensive teaching and guidance in biblical principles to individuals in crisis.
Active in crisis/addiction mentoring and advisement.
Survivor of addictions and homelessness myself.