Pastor Terrell Hopkins


Pastor Terrell Hopkins has been the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church since 1999.  Through the Lord's guidance and Pastor Hopkins's leadership, HBCS was founded in the fall of 2005.  Pastor Hopkins now also serves as the School Administrator of HBCS and preaches our K4-3rd grade chapel weekly.  Pastor Hopkins's life verses are I Timothy 1:12,15: "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;...  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."  His prayer for our school is that we may have a part in molding the next generation for Christ so that they too may faithfully serve Christ one day.

Melissa Hopkins

Elementary Supervisor

Junior/Senior High Mathematics


Mrs. Hopkins serves as the Elementary Supervisor of HBCS as well as the 7th-12th grade mathematics teacher and home economics teacher.  Mrs. Hopkins graduated from Gainesville College with a degree in Business Management and Psychology.  Her teaching experience includes 6 years at Peoples Baptist Academy and 11 years at HBCS since its founding in 2005.  Mrs. Hopkins serves in many, MANY capacities at Heritage Baptist Church and is truly loved and honored by our ladies.  Some of her favorite things include coffee, crafting, reading, and spending time with her family and church family, and decorating.

Bridgette Hopkins

School Secretary


Miss Bridgette has been happily serving as the School Secretary of HBCS since fall 2011.  Miss Bridgette graduated from HBCS in 2009 and went on to attain an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Gordon College, graduating in 2012.  Some of her favorite hobbies include spending time with her Savior, family, and friends, reading, practicing piano, watching old, classic movies, exercising, traveling, and (obviously) staying busy.  She serves in the music, bus, and teen ministries at HBC, and her life verse is Acts 20:24, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

Brianna Tuten

K-3 Teacher


This is Miss Brianna's first year teaching at HBCS.  Before graduating from HBCS in 2018, she assisted teachers in our extended care program and worked as an office/teacher's aid.  While attending college, Miss Brianna began working in a daycare program in Jackson, GA, and went on to attain her TCC in Toddler Care from Southern Crescent Technical College in the spring of 2019.  She is so excited to be returning to HBCS and teaching our K3 program!  Her favorite hobbies include shopping and serving in church ministries.  Her life verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Michele Hummel

K-4 Teacher


Miss Hummel has been with HBCS since 2007 after graduating from Peoples Baptist Academy.  She supervised over the Staff Nursery during her first year and has since taught in HBCS's Pre-K program.  Her students always look forward to her class and love her craftiness!  She enjoys reading, shopping, and an ice cold bottle of Coca Cola any day!  Her favorite verse is Psalm 100:1, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands."

Melissa Crosby

K-5 Teacher


Miss Crosby has been with our HBC family since Pastor Hopkins came to the church in 1999 and has taught at HBCS since 2006.  She attended two years of Bible college through the Rock of Ages Bible Institute.  Her teaching experience includes 3 years of Pre-K at Eagle's Landing Nursery as well as 1 year of K3, 4 years of K4, and 6 years of K5 at HBCS.  She is also the head of our drama department, teaches the 4th-6th elementary chorus class, and gives private guitar and voice lessons.  She loves to play the guitar, write (and perform) in plays, and singing.  Her favorite verse is Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Cindy Bannister

1st Grade Teacher


This is Mrs. Bannister's fourth year of teaching at HBCS.  After previously teaching our 2nd grade program for two years, Mrs. Bannister became the 1st grade teacher in the fall of 2018.  She attended Gordon College in Barnsville, GA.  She and her husband, Patrick, are members of and serve in several ministries at HBC, including the choir, nursery, children's church, and Master Club ministries.  She loves to spend time with her family and church family! Her favorite verse is Micah 7:19, "He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."


Melissa Calhoun

2nd Grade Teacher


Mrs. Calhoun taught previously at HBCS from 2005 to 2014, and we are thrilled to have her returning to HBCS once again in 2019!  During her time with us, she has taught 2nd grade, 6th grade, 7th-12th grade History, and 7th-12th grade Science.  She is currently teaching our 2nd grade program this year.  She and her husband, Mike, have attended HBC since before its move to the Locust Grove area.  Her favorite hobbies are reading, cooking, and going to the beach.  Her favorite verses are Romans 8:38-39, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."




Pam Hummel

3rd Grade Teacher


Mrs. Hummel began at HBCS in the fall of 2006 and has been a tremendous help to our ministry as a whole.  She attended Tennessee Temple Univerity and has over 25 years of teaching experience ranging from K4 through 6th grade.  Mrs. Hummel is also over our Book It! and Read to Succeed Programs.  Besides serving in multiple children's ministries at HBC, she enjoys reading, crafting, sewing, and "Maw Maw-ing".  Her favorite verses are Colossians 3:16-17, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Angela Conner

4th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Conner is excited to begin her third year teaching at HBCS!  Besides homeschooling her daughter through the A Beka curriculum for several years, Mrs. Conner previously taught at Mt. Nebo Christian Academy of Robinsville, North Carolina from 2010-2013 and at Hampton Pre-School and Early Learning Center of Cashiers, North Carolina from 2013-2017.  After their family moved from North Carolina in the summer of 2017, Mrs. Conner began teaching our fourth grade class here at HBCS.  She and her husband are involved in several ministries at HBC, including the bus, teen, choir, and nursery ministries.  Her favorite verse is Psalm 61:2, "From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

Tiffany Calhoun

5th Grade Teacher

After moving out of state for several years, Mrs. Calhoun is happy to be returning to HBCS as the 5th grade teacher for the second consecutive year!  She previously taught the HBCS K3 program for two years and 1st grade for eight years, as well as home-schooled five of her children for one year during their time out of state.  Mrs. Calhoun is a certified medical assistant through the Medix Medical School.  Her husband, Michael, is one of the assistant pastors at HBC, and both are involved in the teen and choir ministries.  Her favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."


Tisha Cathcart

6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Cathcart is thrilled to begin her fourth year teaching full time at HBCS!  After graduating high school from People's Baptist Academy, she went on to attain an Associate's Degree from Pensacola Christian College.  Mrs. Cathcart is involved in several children's ministries at HBC.  Her favorite verses are Psalm 25:1,2, "Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.  O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me."

Joy Rice

Junior/Senior High Science


Information coming soon!

Kris Dawkins

Junior/Senior High Bible

Junior/Senior High History

Physical Education


Mr. Dawkins and his lovely wife, Amanda, joined Heritage Baptist Church in 2005 and have since served in and over several ministries at HBC, including our Master Clubs, Nursery, and Visitation ministries.  Mr. Dawkins is now one of the assistant pastors at HBC and is enjoying his second year teaching full time at HBCS.  He graduated from Stockbridge High School in 1997 and Dekalb Technical Institute in 2000.  Mr. Dawkins received his Master's Degree in Theology from Grace Baptist Bible Institute, graduating in 2019.  Some of his favorite past times include spending time with his family, preaching, golfing, fishing, and hunting.  His favorite verse is Psalm 27:4, "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple."


April Cherry

Junior/Senior High English

Mrs. Cherry has been teaching the 7th-12th grade English teacher at HBCS since 2014.  Mrs. Cherry received a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from West Coast Baptist College, majoring in English. Her husband, Brendan Cherry, is the Assistant Pastor at Canaan Baptist Church of Covington, GA, where they are both active members.  Mrs. Cherry enjoys planning Disney vacations, eating good food, and reading helpful books.  Her favorite verse is Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

Dwana Tuten

Kitchen Coordinator


Mrs. Tuten has been a member of Heritage Baptist Church since 2008 and on staff at HBCS since 2010.  She has overseen the cafeteria duties since 2013.  Mrs. Tuten and her family are actively involved in several ministries at HBC including the bus ministry, Master Clubs ministry, and choir ministry.  Her favorite hobbies are (and I quote) "Children, Church, and Crafting!"  Mrs. Tuten's favorite verse is I Corinthians 15:10, "But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me."

Allie Conner

Junior/Senior High Electives

3rd-6th Computer

Miss Conner is thrilled to be a part of HBCS for her third year!  After graduating in 2014 from the homeschool program through A Beka Academy of Pensacola, Florida, Miss Conner went on to attain her CDA in Early Childhood Development from Southwestern Community College of Sylvia, North Carolina.  She taught at the Hampton Pre-School and Early Learning Center of Cashiers, North Carolina from 2015-2017.  After joining HBC with her family in 2017, she now serves in the choir, nursery, bus ministry, and Master Clubs.  Her life verse is Ephesians 3:20, "Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,".

Brittany Hopkins

Church Secretary