Apostle Everett & Prophetess LouAnn Heidelberg
The original White Stone Baptist Church began Sept. 23, 1956. The first Pastor was Rev. B. J. Bufkin. Its 1st deacons were Greenie Morrow,Johnny Jordan, & Smith Moore. Several pastors have served at White Stone: Rev. Frank Moore,Rev. Stephen Hays,Rev. Tommy Robinson,& Rev. Rubin Tatum.
In 1990, Rev. Everett Heidelberg began serving as Pastor at WSBC. In 1994,his wife, Rev. LouAnn Heidelberg began serving as Asst. Pastor. The membership at that time was around 60 and services were every 1st & 3rd Sundays. Membership has increased to over 250. In 1994, WSBC elevated to full time ministry. Tithes & offering increased by over 400%.
The Glory began in July 1995 with construction of a new church edifice and ended in February of 1996.The plans were to have a Sanctuary large enough for congregants to be comfortable but small enough that we could see where there was room to grow.
The church sits on 5 acres of the 37 church-owned acreage. It has over 6100 sq. ft of space & 2 driveways, several offices: First Lady Heidelberg’s office, kitchen, Childcare Center, 6 bathrooms, ladies lounge, bookstore, classrooms, laundry/utility room, and boardroom/dining room.The Sanctuary has a seating capacity of 300.
More than 11 ministers have been ordained under Pastor & First Lady Heidelberg's leadership and there are more than 25 active ministries. Its current executive and deacon boards are Sis. Stephanie Thames, Sister Bernice Brown, Rev. Phynesta Hillie, Sis. Lucrecia Jones, Sis. Wanda Trotter, Sis. Fay Martin, Bro. Timothy Jackson, Bro. Thomas Shelton, Bro. Albert Jordan, & Bro. Billy Norman.
In 1996, First Lady Heidelberg birthed and instituted R.O.S.E. (Raising Our Standards Entirely), a ministry for single women. Today, R.O.S.E. ministry is entrusted to Elder Deborah Walker.
In October 1998, WSBC was blessed with a television ministry and favored with a television spot on Newton Cable Channel 13 & have grown to broadcasts in Meridian (CW Network) & worldwide on the IMPACT Network. We offer CDs & DVDs of our services through E & L Heidelberg Ministries & WSBC bookstore. In 1998, we were blessed to pave the church parking lot as well as a driveway that surrounds the campus & serves as a walkway.
In 1999, the second phase of the vision manifested. The groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Family Life Center/Gymnasium. On May 20, the construction was completed. It is currently open to the community & surrounding areas, & is used for banquets, balls, leisure time, basketball tournaments, & etc. It is also a place for the youth to come & participate in activities after school & during summer vacation.
In January 2000, the 3rd phase of the vision manifested, the Eagles Vision Child Care Center. It employs a Director, Teacher, Dietician, Program Aide, General Office Manager,& Administrative Assistant. The center offers services Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In 2001, upgrades were made to the Family Life Center building & Pastor Heidelberg birthed & instituted M.O.S.T. (Men of Standards), a men's fellowship ministry.
On August 11, 2002, dedication service was held for the Eagles Vision Christian Academy and officially opened on August 13, 2002. Its first principal was Kathy Watts-Hayes. In this same year, Pastor & First Lady Heidelberg organized a school of ministry that licensed & ordained ministers through a fellowship.
In 2004, the ministry was blessed with a 2003 white/blue Chevrolet Savannah Church van, donated by the late Kathy Watts Hayes.
In 2008, Pastor Heidelberg was ordained to the office of Apostle, & First Lady Heidelberg was consecrated to the office of Prophetess. The service was conducted in July during the annual Mounting Up with Eagles Wings Leadership Conference. The service was carried out by Chief Apostle Maxine Hall of Full Gospel Ministries International of Columbus, MS.
In 2010, Prophetess Heidelberg birthed DREAM BIG with LouAnn Heidelberg, a talk-show that focuses on encouraging viewers to follow after their dreams. It is produced, edited, & directed by Apostle Heidelberg.It currently airs on the CW Network-Meridian on Tuesdays & Thursdays @ Noon.
Apostle & Prophetess Heidelberg currently are serving in their 27th year of pastoring at WSBC. The ministry is thriving & continues to increase. Souls are saved, delivered, and set free as the power of God operates through these Pastors. With God's guidance, the Best Is Yet To Come as the church DREAMS BIG & continues to move forward!