Richard Fleming Jr
It is with great appreciation to the Lord and His leading in my life that I now begin my journey here at New Heights Church serving as the Replant Pastor.
I’d like to share a little about me. I was born and raised in Pontotoc, MS. My spiritual birth also took place there when I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ at age 14. I have been married to Patrice Mallory for 32 years. We have been blessed with 3 good and gifted children, Ross (29), Rebecca (26), and Ryan (21), one daughter-in-law (Rebekah), and three grandchildren, Audrey (4), “Rock” (2), and Brielle (11 months).
My passion is ministering the word of God to help people to KNOW, GROW, and GO be an effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ.
My life’s verse is Isaiah 40:31
Key Verse –Isaiah 40:31
“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
What a befitting Scripture verse for New Heights Church. As we wait on the Lord together, He will enable us to go to New Heights, mounting up with wings as eagles in fulfilling the Great Commission of making disciples and advancing the kingdom of God.
Music has “been in my blood” from a young age, from plinking on my grandmother’s piano to school concert bands, marching band, jazz bands, garage bands, country music bands, to being a rock star in my own little world. I grew up in an Episcopal church and visited various Baptist and other denomination churches, and played the part, but never really took any of it too seriously. Then I realized my NEED for Christ and accepted Him as Savior on February 15th of 2000. He opened my eyes to an existence not focused on me, but Him. What a relief that was! That “music in my blood” began pumping through a heart that was owned by Him, and my purpose was redefined.
Galatians 2:20 says it best, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Waletha Rish started as part-time secretary at Colonial Heights in 1997. She moved with us in the relocation to New Heights in 1999, and became full-time in January 2000. If you really want to know what’s going on or need information about New Heights, call the office Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM - 4 PM to talk to her.