Pastoral staff

Pastors & Staff

Heath Jenkins

Lead Pastor

Heath first felt the call of God on his life to preach on a Sunday morning in 1995. He had prepared a message to preach that morning to the congregation at Vinton Baptist Church and surrendered to the call of God on his life by responding to his own altar call. God began using Heath in and around the community to fill pulpits and gain preaching experience, all while VBC remained home base. Heath and Lora had their first child, Matthew in April of 1996, when God opened the door for Heath to come to Cheshire Baptist Church as their Youth Pastor. Heath and Lora served the youth at Cheshire Baptist from 1996-1999. During their time there, two more children were born; Morgan in August of 1997, and Noah in October of 1998. After their time at Cheshire, they were blessed to be able to come back to Vinton Baptist for a time of refreshing and renewal. During this time, Heath, along with Chester and Becky Hess, pursued a Bachelor's Degree in the Adult Program at Circleville Bible College, now Ohio Christian University. Then in 2001, God called Heath to Calvary Baptist Church as their Senior Pastor. The family became a part of the Rio community and lived in the church parsonage during this time. Things were booming at Vinton Baptist Church as the church on this hilltop became a reality. Then in 2007, God opened the doors for Heath to come back to Vinton Baptist Church as staff, which he gladly walked through. From 2007 to 2013, Heath was the pastor of Congregational Care. Heath was able to pursue a Master's Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary during this time, which allowed him to offer better care to those seeking pastoral counseling. In 2013, Heath was Interim pastor during a time of transition, and then became Lead Pastor in 2014. Heath and Lora and their three children have always considered Vinton Baptist Church their home and chosen church family. They are thankful to God for His faithfulness and provision they see weaved throughout the tapestry of ministry over these many years. Blessed be His name!

Jamie Gruber


Jamie originally began attending church at Vinton Baptist in 2000. He stepped away for a short time and returned in 2004. He quickly felt that the Lord was calling him to get involved in ministry, and he found a place volunteering in AWANA's. That soon turned to him helping with the teen class and he felt that was where he was supposed to be. In due time, Jame became the youth leader and really enjoyed serving the church by caring for and forming relationships with the teens. During the time with the teens, Sanctify Drama Team was formed.  Through this ministry, Jamie, along with many of the teens, were able to visit many different churches and events to share the love of Jesus. In 2014 Jamie felt that the Lord was calling him to further his education. It was then that he enrolled at Liberty University.  He has since graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Religion: Biblical and Theological Studies.  He continues to pursue his Master of Divinity in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries. In January 2012, Jamie felt that it was time to leave his position with the teens and he accepted the position of Pastor of Young Adults. In April of 2016, his title changed to Pastor of Discipleship. While serving in ministry, alongside of his secular career for many years, Jamie has followed the Lord's call for the next step in his life, which is full time ministry. Beginning in January 2020, he will come on to full time staff here at Vinton Baptist Church. Jamie is very excited for the opportunity to devote his full attention to the church and it's congregation. He has a passion in preaching and teaching God's Word and seeing the lost transformed by the love of Christ.

Jamie and Robin have been married for 21 years and they have been blessed with 8+1 children.

Jerrod Roberts


Jerrod began his journey at VBC in September/October 2015. Jerrod and Andrea both serve on the Christian Education Board, and have both been members of the Worship team. Jerrod is on the Finance Board. He teaches 6th-12th grade Sunday school, teaches Sr High class on Wednesdays, and has been a VBC softball coach and player. Wednesday night youth group goes year round. Together, Jerrod and Andrea lead and organize both Teen events and Teen missions events. Teen Missions Fundraisers they have organized are yard sales, Noodles and Doodles Art Auctions, Fall Colors Art Auction, and a Flag football tournament. The Teen Missions has sponsored at least 8 college students in their time at VBC and 2 students to attend Ohio Valley Christian School for high school, as well as the Brother's Keeper Mission trip. They reinstated Saturday Night SLAM once a month, started Overtime events after RVHS football games, and they also have fed the RVHS football team 3 years in a row. They have taken the youth group to Brother's Keeper in Ripley, WV in 2016 and Winter Jam every year. They have helped with church camp every year, and are Vacation Bible School teachers. They take the teens shopping for Angel Tree children each year at Christmas. They oversee Youth Sundays and oversee the Teen worship team. They led a small group in their home for 3 years. Most important to them is personal discipleship. They have both discipled several teens/young adults on a consistent basis and continue to focus on this important ministry. Andrea and Jerrod have 3 daughters.

Jamie Payne