Rev. 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 thirty one years. His father (Kelly Burris) is also a local minister who has served as a Pastor for the past 31 years. He is the Pastor of Kempsville Baptist Church. Heath did his undergraduate at 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. Heath came to River Oak from a sister church here in Chesapeake 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 Baskins, 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.