Pastor Heath Burris became the Pastor of River Oak Church on March 2, 2008. Heath is originally from North Carolina, but has lived in this area for the past twenty years. His father (Kelly Burris) has served as the Pastor at Kempsville Baptist Church for over 25 years. Heath attended Old Dominion University where he participated on the varsity basketball team. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary in 2005. Following seminary, Heath served two positions as Interim Pastor as well as working with students through sports ministry and missions. He came to River Oak from Bethel Baptist where he served as the Minister of Youth and Education. He has been given a passion to preach the Gospel, reach the lost, and see people deepen their walk with Christ. Heath married Amber Baskin, a native of Houston, Texas, in March 2005. Amber has been given a heart for people and uses her gifts to support her husband and serve those around her. God blessed Pastor Heath and Amber with a son, Tristan, born on June 18, 2013.