Vaughn Park

Senior Pastor



Elder Photos-jrsJoseph Richards,



While Joe was born in the Marshall Islands, his family moved to San Diego, CA when he was quite young. Reluctant to leave the Southern California sunshine, he attended the University of San Diego, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. It was also during his college years that he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Joe then moved to Chapel Hill, NC to attend graduate school at the University of North Carolina, where he earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Through God’s providence, it was there that he also met his wonderful wife Susan, to whom he was married in 1990.

In 1995 he accepted a faculty position at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), and has since called Grand Junction, CO home. Soon after arriving on the Western Slope, the Lord led him to Heritage Church, where he has served as an elder since 2008. In addition to an amazing church family at HC, he has also been blessed with two daughters, Kate and Fiona.



Elder Photos-dysDave Younger,


Dave grew up in Western Colorado and responded to the call of Jesus Christ on his life at Uravan, Colorado Community Church, where Dave’s parents faithfully attended when he was a young boy. Dave graduated from the University of Denver, worked two years as a CPA, then graduated from Vanderbuilt University Law School in 1983. Dave works as an attorney at a law firm in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he is one of the owners.

Dave and Judy Younger were married in 1979 and have three adult children, Sarah (Michael), Luke (Leanne), and Matthew (Sara), five grandsons and two granddaughters. Dave enjoys spending time with Judy, family gatherings, running, hunting, grandchildren’s events, and life at Heritage Church.