Meet the Staff
Matt Sapp, Pastor
Matt joined the team at HERITAGE in September 2014. A graduate of Mercer University and the McAfee School of Theology, Matt served in several roles at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta before moving to Canton. Matt enjoys running, reading, watching Jeopardy and cheering for the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoys working with teams that create engaging worship experiences that remind us that God is alive and active in our world.
Justin Bishop, Worship Pastor
Justin grew up just down the road in Canton where his parents still live and fish…lots of “big” stories to tell there! As a graduate of Cherokee High School, his English teacher gave him a keyboard; a friend of the family gave him a guitar, and the rest was musical history! He now plays 17 instruments…if it has strings, he can play it. Justin attended Mercer University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to earn a Master of Divinity at the McAfee School of Theology where he completed a thesis on William Faulkner and Genesis.
He comes to us from Johns Creek Baptist Church where he led youth worship for 5 years and worked as a youth ministry intern 3 years prior. He currently teaches High School English full-time at King’s Ridge Christian School. During his summer breaks, he has both led and chaperoned youth trips to Student Life and PASSPORT, and he even led worship for PASSPORT for 2 summers.
Julie Ball, Church Administrator
Julie is a native of New Bern, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the NC School of Science and Mathematics, Wake Forest University, and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Julie has worked and volunteered in a wide variety of ministry roles and settings, including youth ministry, home repair ministry, church administration, and Christian education—just to name a few! Her greatest passions for ministry are in the areas of creative spiritual development and worship. She's thankful God led her to HERITAGE in the spring of 2015 after she and her family moved to the area from Memphis, Tennessee.
In her free moments, Julie enjoys writing, reading, photography, hiking, and exploring her new home state. She loves cupcakes, college basketball, and everything to do with the Muppets.
Joan Denney, Pianist
Joan was at the piano for the first service at HERITAGE, but served as a substitute until 1998 when she became the full-time pianist. She is a graduate of Reinhardt University (AA Liberal Arts), University of West Georgia (Bachelor Music Education) and Brenau University (Masters and Education Specialist-Early Childhood Education). Joan taught for 33 years in the public school systems in Cherokee and Habersham counties. A native of the Buffington community in Canton, Joan enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding her bicycle, playing the piano and feeling grateful to God for the beautiful world that surrounds her.
Calista Gondry, Interim Organist
Calista Gondry began music studies in her native Louisiana, with piano at age 12, and organ in college while working on a degree in mathematics. Most of her life was spent in Florida, where she graduated in 1960 from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. After a 31-year career as a high school mathematics teacher, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance in 2004 from Florida Atlantic University. She served several churches in Florida as pianist/organist until she moved to Canton in 2005, where she found a church home at HERITAGE. She served as organist there from 2006 until retiring in 2014 to spend more time with her daughter, Erin, son-in-law, Ron and grandson, Collyn, who, as of June 2016, has a baby brother.
Though delighted to be "back on the bench," Calista still enjoys fun times with her family and friends.