Pastors and Elders

Pastor Hank Rast
Pastor Hank Rast has served as a pastor/teacher at Heritage Reformed Baptist Church since the fall of 2001. He is married to Becky, the love of his life, and they have four grown children, and three grandchildren. Hank grew up in Hapeville, Georgia and attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he and Becky met. He taught high school English and coached football and baseball in the south Atlanta area for 25 years before entering the ministry.

Pastor John Sweat
Pastor John Sweat is one of the pastors at Heritage Reformed Baptist Church. He is a husband to Heather and a father to four girls. John is a graduate of Trinity Baptist College in 2015 and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he completed a Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and Master’s of Arts in Christian thought in 2019. Pastor John is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan, enjoys playing disc golf, and is a Lord of the Rings enthusiast.

Elder Mike Pollard
Mike Pollard is married to Kimberly and they have seven children and three grandchildren currently. Mike works in real estate refurbishing dilapidated homes. Mike has been an elder for six years with Heritage Reformed Baptist Church and counts it a privilege to serve along side the other elders and to be able to shepherd Christ’s local body at Heritage.

Elder Johnny Babb
Johnny Babb, a member of Heritage Reformed Baptist Church since 2005, serves as an elder since 2014. Reading and meditating on Scripture, seeing the immeasurable wisdom of God in the Scriptures and considering the unity of the Word, is a delight. Reading the Puritans and contemporary Christian writers, and meditating on the great Hymns of the Church is a great joy. Johnny and his wife Vickie have been married for 52 years, and have 2 adopted children.

Elder Bryan Preston
Bryan Preston has been a member at Heritage for over 25 years. He and his college sweetheart, Lori have been married since 1985. They live in Fayette County and have three grown children and five grandchildren. A native of Massachusetts and a die-hard Boston sports fan, he enjoys his family and reading (especially missionary biographies).


Pravin Varsani
Around 2005, fresh out of college and with plenty of time, Pravin first felt the effectual calling of the Lord on his life. Through many Providences of life he eventually bought a Bible, started reading it and finally submitted to the Lord. He started attending Heritage in 2008, after he came to an understanding of Reformed Theology. The church asked him to become a deacon in 2014, and he has served in that capacity since then. He considers it a privilege and a joy to serve the body, even with the trials that may come along with that responsibility. He is married and has three children.

David Wright
David Wright has served as a deacon at Heritage Church for 23 years. He lives in Newnan, Georgia with his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth. They have 4 grown children: Samuel, Hannah (married to Robby), Grace (married to Caleb), and Matthew. David works at the Atlanta Airport as an Airport Director of Geospatial Information Systems. In his free time, David enjoys playing tennis, camping, hiking, and most importantly, playing with his granddaughter, Riley!