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The Alongside Podcast

The Alongside Podcast

By Heritage Baptist Church
Join Pastor Mike Crump, as he comes alongside other followers of Christ to have thoughtful conversations about the Gospel, Culture, and the Church.
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Ep. 31: Disciple Making Rhythms with Laura & Tyler
The rhythms of life are all around us. Between work, family, and play we all have a flow of life that we have grown accustomed to over time. Yet, how often do we intentionally adjust our rhythms so that we can be more proactive in the great commission? In this episode of Alongside, I welcome Laura and Tyler to the show to discuss the disciple making rhythms as seen in our Disciple Making Teams at HBC.  We discuss the importance of regularly abiding in Christ as well as the fear that comes when we consider sharing the gospel.  If you are looking to go deeper in your walk with Christ, this would be a great episode to listen to as you consider forming new rhythms for a vibrant gospel life. 
August 02, 2022
Ep.30: A Legacy of Ministry with Pastors Del, Keith & Mike
Over the last 30+ years pastors Del Laird, Keith Manuel, and Mike Morykon have played a vital role in the ministry of Heritage Baptist Church. Their faithful, Christ-like service has been an example to many. This month these three men will be retiring from HBC, and while we will miss their presence in the office we know they will continue to pour out at HBC. In this conversation, you will hear their experiences of seeing Heritage grow and how they saw God work in the midst of both difficulties and joy. Pastor Kent also joins the conversation, sharing his own experience working with these men throughout his time at Heritage. 
July 19, 2022
Ep. 29: Middle East Short Term Mission Trip
Today I am welcomed by Jeremiah and Noah, who recently returned from a STMT to the Middle East. On this podcast, you will hear about their experience, including stories about dealing with customs, hiding rocks in suitcases, and the impact of fellowshipping with refugees. If you have never been on a short-term trip, take a listen and consider taking a step of faith into another culture. For more details on trips you can visit
July 05, 2022
Ep. 28: Coffee & Conversation with Jeremiah & Michael
On this special episode, I welcome Jeremiah and Michael into the studio for what we are calling - Coffee and Conversation. This is a special episode of Alongside that is fueled by caffeine and my random box of questions. In short - we have no idea what is going to happen…but it should be fun. For links to various things mentioned on this episode visit the show notes page at 
June 21, 2022
Alongside the Blog: Learning to Parent Adult Children
Welcome to a new segment we are featuring this week called Alongside the Blog.  On the Heritage website are many great blog posts from various authors, yet we know that not everyone has the time to sit and read them and actually may prefer an audio version of these thoughtful posts. Therefore,  we are making some of these available here alongside the regular conversations you have come to enjoy on this podcast. This week,  we are featuring the latest blog I wrote titled,  "Learning to Parent Adult Children." You can find the written blog post here -
June 07, 2022
Ep. 27: Pathway to the Nations
Today Mike is joined by Rob, Nathan, and Tyler to talk about Heritage's Pathway to the Nations, which is the church's means of discovering, developing, and deploying cross-cultural workers overseas. You will definitely want to listen if you have ever wondered about Global Ministries at Heritage or are curious about how you can be involved in helping serve our global workers.  Find out more at or 
May 24, 2022
Ep. 26: A Message to Graduates with Nathan & Dave
On today's show, Mike welcomes Nathan Fox and Dave Ashburn to talk about graduation. Why is it such an important time in a student's life? What are the difficulties with this transition for students and parents? What are some misconceptions about this transition that many students make? This is a fun and thoughtful conversation that is great for parents and students alike and we pray it is an encouragement to your family. 
May 10, 2022
Ep 25: 45th Anniversary Special with Pastors Kidd, Kroll, & Smith
Over the last 45 years, Heritage Baptist Church has seen God work through the leadership of three senior pastors who have each served faithfully during their time. In this special episode, I welcome Pastors Rod Kidd, Jerry Kroll, and Nathan Smith to join me for a conversation about the history of Heritage Baptist Church. You will hear about the beginning of Heritage, some of the struggles the church faced, and stories of God's goodness over the years.  For more details on Heritage, including videos from this conversation, visit 
April 24, 2022
Ep. 24: The Significance of the Resurrection with Pastor Jeff Scott
In this episode, I welcome Pastor Jeff Scott for a conversation about the significance of the resurrection. Jeff is pastor of biblical and theological resourcing here at Heritage where he helps equip men and women in the rich truths of God’s Word. It’s because of his deep love and knowledge of scripture that I am excited to discuss the most crucial event in all of human history - the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Join us as we consider the historical context of the resurrection as well as the implications for our life today.  Find more details and show notes at
April 19, 2022
Ep. 23: Pastor Nathan Smith
Today I welcome Pastor Nathan Smith into the studio for a very special conversation about his life growing up in Africa and his unplanned journey into becoming the senior pastor at Heritage. If you have been at Heritage for any length of time you have heard him passionately proclaiming God’s Word from the platform and if you know him personally then you know that he is just as passionate about Jesus and His word off stage as he is on. What you may not know is that he is a major foodie and a bit of a cut-up. In this episode, you will hear some very candid conversations about the struggles of life in a foreign land and in ministry, and how God demonstrates His faithfulness in the midst of all of it. 
April 05, 2022
Ep. 22: Jana Whitney & Invited Single Mom's Ministry
This week Jana Whitney joins me on the podcast to talk about her journey from New Jersey to Lynchburg. During this time Jana came to know the goodness of Jesus, meet her husband Ted, and develop a love for single moms. It's this love for single moms that has led her to work with Heritage in creating Invited, a single moms ministry that is dedicated to providing both spiritual and practical support to single moms in our church.  Find out more about Invited, including when it meets and how to get involved HERE. 
March 22, 2022
Ep. 21: 4 Wrong Ways to Read Revelation
In today's episode of the Alongside Podcast, Mike welcomes Pastor Nathan Fox to the microphone to discuss specific ways we shouldn't read the book of Revelation. Revelation is one of the most misunderstood books of the Bible, and with the popularity of prophecy literature and videos, many people have grown ever more confused about how this book relates to us today. This conversation is not meant to answer all your questions about Revelation, but rather to help provide warnings, perspective, and encouragement about this amazing book.
March 08, 2022
Ep. 20: Men & Biblical Leadership with Dave & Isaiah
On this episode of Alongside, Mike sits down with Dave Ashburn and Isaiah Griffith to talk candidly about men and leadership. They cover some of the misconceptions about leadership, weaknesses men have in finding deep community with others, and some of the key values of biblical leadership that are important for men in all walks of life.  The guys also discuss the Men's Ministry Saturday Reset event happening on March 5th at 8am. This men's event includes an incredible breakfast, special guest speaker, Jared Price, and some optional activities for guys who want to keep the fun going into the afternoon. You can REGISTER HERE. 
February 22, 2022
Ep 19: Introducing Dave & Joshua
On this special Sunday episode, Mike is joined by Pastor Nathan and Kent to welcome Dave Ashburn and Joshua Hankins to the staff at Heritage. Introduced at the latest business meeting, Dave will be stepping into the role of Adult Ministries Director while Joshua will swing into Adventure Kids as the Director of Kids Ministry. In this podcast, you will have a chance to hear their stories and also hear from Pastor Nathan and Kent about the exciting direction of our church. The guys also discuss the realities of change and the difficulty of any significant transition.   For more details on Dave and Joshua you can visit The Alongside Podcast Page.    You can also find out more details about some of the changes at Heritage in the first copy of the Heritage Journal.
January 30, 2022
Ep. 18: Joshua H.
Last year Mike sat down with Joshua H to talk about his life and plans for future global ministry. Joshua also shares about the difficult journey he and his wife, Taylor, had with their daughter's health and how God showed His continued faithfulness during that time.  This podcast was recorded in September of 2021 so references may be dated but the content is timeless. Find links to discussed topics and more at
January 18, 2022
Alongside December Announcement
Here's Pastor Mike with an update on the Alongside Podcast and future content coming to HBC.
December 14, 2021
Ep 17: Kristin Durand
Today I am joined by one of the most focused and passionate people I have had the joy of knowing. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives here at Heritage and is always brainstorming new and exciting ways to get people excited about the Gospel and the mission of the church. On this episode, Kristin and I discuss her family travels (which always seemed to lead to Lynchburg), her passion for connecting people to Christ's mission, and she shares the unique story of how she and Matt ended up married despite their long-distance relationship.   For more episodes of The Alongside Podcast visit 
November 30, 2021
Ep 16: Jamie Case
In today's episode, Mike talks with Jamie Case, who is the ministry assistant for Worship and Outreach Ministries at Heritage. Jamie shares about some of the difficulties of growing up in an unchurched household, and how the Lord not only opened her eyes to the Gospel but also gave her a heart for full-time ministry. She also shares about being a new mom and the humorous tale of meeting and marrying Matt.  For more on The Alongside Podcast, visit 
November 16, 2021
Ep. 15: Pastor Keith Manuel
Today Mike welcomes Canadian, pastor, and all-around good guy Keith Manuel to the Alongside Podcast. Keith shares about being followed by the Royal Mounted Police as a kid, starting at Liberty when it was just beginning, and of course how he came to know Christ through the faithful ministry of Sunday school teachers and Bible group leaders.  For more episodes of Alongside or to see the show notes visit 
November 02, 2021
Ep. 14: Pastor Kent Gregory
On today's episode, Mike sits down with the Executive Pastor of HBC, Kent Gregory. Kent shares about his life growing up as a Pastor/Missionary Kid, his difficult move into pastoral ministry, and the importance of longevity in ministry. With decades of ministry under his belt, Kent has seen God at work for many years and his passion for Christ and the church is evident in this exciting conversation.
October 19, 2021
Ep 13: Adam Stinespring
Today Mike welcomes Pastoral Assistant, Adam Stinespring to the microphone. Adam is a PA with our worship ministry, working with Pastor Kevin and the team in leading worship and organizing services. In this episode, we hear about Adam's time growing up in West Virginia, his entry into playing music (including beatboxing), and his view on the importance of corporate worship. 
October 05, 2021
Ep 12: The Griffith Brothers
Today's episode features a conversation with Isaiah and Jeremiah Griffith. The Griffith brothers are currently pastoral assistants at Heritage with an amazing story of God's faithfulness through a difficult family situation. Listen as Mike talks with them about how God used a local church to transform a dysfunctional family and is now leading these two men into exciting areas of ministry.  For links and further details visit 
September 21, 2021
Ep 11: Ashley Hamilton
On today’s podcast, Mike welcomes Ashley Hamilton to the microphone. Ashley is the executive assistant to Pastor Kent and a creative powerhouse here at Heritage. Whether Ashley is helping lead worship on Sundays, dancing with kids at VBS or sitting through a four-hour meeting - it is evident that she is passionate about Christ and His church. In this episode, Ashley shares about her time growing up in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, her entry into ministry, and what she does to keep Pastor Kent on task. Ashley also talks about the importance of Celebrate Recovery and God's power to encourage and strengthen through difficult life situations.  Visit for more links and info. 
September 07, 2021
Ep. 10: Celebrate Recovery with Dean Killmon
In this special episode, Mike sits down with Dean Killmon to talk about his personal battle with past abuse and personal struggles and how the Lord used Celebrate Recovery to bring healing and hope. Dean has lead CR at Heritage for 6 years and has seen God work in incredible ways in the lives of those who attend. If you have ever experienced the pain of past hurts or are currently wrestling with harmful habits then this is an episode for you. Mike and Dean discuss the realities of living in our broken world and the healing that can come through the Christian community and specifically Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery's 9-week series, "Life's Healing Choices" is beginning on September 8th at 6:45pm at Heritage Baptist Church. The group closes after 3 weeks in order to provide confidentiality among those attending.  If you are interested in Celebrate Recovery and/or "Life's Healing Choices" you can find more details on the HBC Website or the CR Facebook Page. 
August 31, 2021
E9: Women's Ministry
Today Mike is joined by Heather Cook and Rhonda Hankins, two women who are passionate about helping women dig deep into the truth of God's Word. In this episode, Heather and Rhonda share their testimonies and also provide a glimpse into the upcoming bible study coming to Women's Ministry at Heritage.  Find links and details about topics spoken about on this podcast by visiting 
August 17, 2021
Ep 8: Pastor Tony Mitchell
On this episode of the Alongside Podcast Mike talks with the one and only Pastor Tony Mitchell. Tony, along with his wife Sue, has led the kids ministry Heritage for 30 years. His fun-loving spirit and incredible dance moves make him a joy to kids and parents alike. Join Tony and Mike as they talk about Tony's life in Alabama, including being bribed to attend a revival where he eventually came to know Christ. They also talk about Grace Bible Camp and the joy of serving in kids ministry. Tony holds the record of most online views of any content created by HBC. Visit to see the video for yourself! 
August 03, 2021
Ep 7: Pastor Kevin Haglund
On today's podcast, Mike welcomes Kevin Haglund to the microphone. Kevin is the Pastor of Worship and Outreach Ministries at Heritage and is passionate about equipping God's people to worship Christ on Sundays and throughout the week via Gospel living. In this episode, Mike and Kevin discuss Kevin's entrance into worship ministry and also the difficulty of managing the worship wars. Join us for a fun, thoughtful discussion about what it means to worship God in a culture that elevates individualism and preference. 
July 20, 2021
Ep 6: Pathway of Family Discipleship
In this special episode of Alongside, Mike sits down with Pastor Nathan and Kent to talk parenting, family, and a new initiative entitled the Pathway of  Family Discipleship. Over the course of their conversation, they discuss God's purpose for families, the struggles of parenthood, and how the church hopes to equip parents to be the primary disciplers of their families.  This special episode is filled with honest dialogue about the challenges and joys of parenting in our current culture, and provide insight into the heart behind the Pathway of Family Discipleship.
June 28, 2021
The Alongside Podcast Ep. 5: Pastor Nathan Fox
On today's podcast, we come alongside Nathan Fox, who is the pastor of student ministries at Heritage Baptist Church. Nathan shares about his life growing up in North Carolina and how the Lord met him at a very low point in his life. Mike and Nathan also discuss the importance of student ministries and why talking openly about cultural issues with kids is crucial. 
June 15, 2021
The Alongside Podcast Ep. 4: Pastor Ben Melin
In today's episode, Mike comes alongside Pastor Ben Melin who is husband to Jessica, father to six active kids and the Pastor of Administration at Heritage. Today's conversation touches on Ben's life growing up, his time in the army, and we ask the question on everyone's mind - "what does a pastor of administration do?"  #hbc #pastor #hbclynchburg #army #parenting
June 01, 2021
The Alongside Podcast Ep 3: Pastor Mike Morykon
In today's episode, we walk alongside Pastor Mike Morykon to hear about his life and journey into pastoral ministry. Mike Morykon is pastor of GraceCare Ministries, which is the counseling ministry of Heritage Baptist Church. Mike has served in the military as well as overseas and has a deep passion for helping people with the Word of God. For more details about this conversation and others visit    #alongside #counseling #church #Bible #mentalhealth #military
May 18, 2021
The Alongside Podcast Ep 2: VBS with Zanna & Jamie
In today's episode, we talk to Zanna Warner and Jamie Banister about their love for kids and student ministries as well as details about the upcoming VBS at Heritage Baptist Church. This dynamic duo is helping coordinate a couple hundred volunteers and lots of exciting activities so that kids in our church and community can learn all about God's goodness. Enjoy this wonderful conversation and be in prayer for Zanna and Jamie as they help lead this incredible effort.   VBS is June 27 - July 1 and you can find more details and register HERE. If you would like to donate supplies you can visit the Adventure Kids Facebook for details and links. 
May 04, 2021
The Alongside Podcast: Ep 1 - Go Group w/ Nathan & Dustin
The Alongside Podcast is a podcast of Heritage Baptist Church and hosted by Mike Crump. In today's episode, Mike comes alongside Nathan and Dustin who are Go Group members and leaders at Heritage. They will share about Go Groups, Disciple-Making Teams and the reality of Gospel living in our communities.    Find out more about Go Groups including how you can help members going overseas with donations to our 2021 Easter Offering - CLICK HERE for show notes
April 13, 2021