Pastor Erik Hastings
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Raised in the home of a Marine Corps officer, Pastor Hastings spent the majority of his childhood and teen years in Northern Virginia as his father was stationed in Quantico, and later worked for the Government in Washington, D.C. It was during this time that Pastor Hastings faithfully attended Heritage Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia with his parents. After being confronted with the truth of the Gospel one Sunday, Pastor Hastings realized his need for Salvation and trusted Christ as his savior at the age of five. He was called to preach during his senior year of High School at Heritage Christian School, and then enrolled in Pensacola Christian College where he received his training for the ministry and met his wife, Heather.
Heather was born and raised in the Sandusky, Ohio area, and was saved at the age of sixteen. After attending Massillon Baptist Bible College for one year, Heather transferred to Pensacola Christian College where she met Pastor Hastings. The summer after graduating from college, Pastor and Heather were married and immediately began serving the Lord together.
The Lord led Pastor and Heather to Akron, Ohio where they served on the staff of The Millheim Baptist Church for almost five years before following God’s call on their life to move to Mechanicsville, Virginia to start a new, Bible-believing church. There were no people, no salary, and no church building. There was, however, the clear call of God and a decision to live by faith according to His will. The church had its inaugural service on Easter Sunday, 2006, and Pastor Hastings has faithfully served here at Truth Baptist Church as the Senior Pastor ever since that time. Pastor and Heather have also been blessed with four Children, Trent and Nicole, Brooke, and Johnny.
“I am thrilled that you have decided to visit our website today, and it is my sincere hope to meet you personally in the very near future. The Bible makes it clear that God loves everyone of us, including you! I encourage you to visit a service here at Truth Baptist Church, and most importantly, I urge you to accept Jesus Christ as your savior today if you have never done so.”
Chris Verrett – Assc. Pastor / Youth Director
Chris Verrett has served with Truth Baptist’s youth and supported other ministries since May of 2023, but has been associated with Truth Baptist church since he became a church member in 2018. He came to faith in Jesus Christ at the age of 16. After that point he developed a desire to share the Gospel with those not raised in church, leading him to surrender to the ministry. Chris is a graduate of Veritas Baptist College through which he is also pursuing a master’s degree. Chris and his wife Bethany have been married since 2017. Bethany Verrett, works as a development & communications specialist for a non-profit, and assists with Sunday worship as one of the resident pianists.
“Hello parents and young people! It is my joy to minister to you and serve the Lord here at Truth Baptist Church. Today, it is more important than ever for our youth to have the love and truth of God in their lives. Christ is the Way and the Truth for all our lives and we’d love to help your students follow him. I would love to have the opportunity of helping and supporting you as you raise your teenagers and children for the glory of the Lord. Please come visit us and other teens in one of our services or activities.”