Pastor David Kizziah

David Kizziah


Outside of walking with the living God, my greatest joy has been to share this grace of life with my beautiful bride, Katie. She has given me 5 wonderful arrows to put in our quiver. Though I am a Pastor, my full time job is trying to sharpen and polish these arrows so that they will launch well in this world to the glory of the King.

I am a firm believer in the idea that it is always a good time for a cup of coffee. ‘Veggin out’ for me typically happens in the woods on a nice running trail, or in a quiet, happy nook with a book. I am a big fan of food, as it really is the currency of fellowship. I have found this to be true everywhere I have lived, from Alabama to Africa. I look forward to sharing many cups of joe and meals around the table together with the family at New Heights.

I did not grow up attending church. One day I broke into a church to play basketball. In His amazing providence, God used this misdemeanor to break into my heart with the glorious news of His Son. Since then the prayer of my life has been that God would take the wet wood, that I call the sacrifice of my life, light it on fire with a passion for this Son, and let all around me watch me burn for His glory!


Kody Brandt

Associate Pastor

I was privileged to be brought up in a Christian home. Unfortunately, I allowed many things to stand in my way and didn’t see myself as a sinner in need of Savior until I was 25. On April 18, 2007, I acknowledged my need for a Savior, confessed my sins, and chose to become a follower of Jesus Christ. That was the greatest decision that I have ever made!

The Lord has blessed me with my beautiful bride, Erin, with 14 years of marriage this August. We count it an honor and joy to raise the 3 children God has blessed us with. We love to do ministry side-by-side and anticipate serving the children, youth, and families at New Heights.

God has taken us on an amazing journey in the life He has blessed us with. I look forward to sharing our story with you and investing in your lives for the sake of the Gospel. One passage of Scripture that the Lord has been impressing on my heart lately is Ephesians 3:18-21. In this passage Paul is talking about the love of God and says that He is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think. I could not describe this opportunity any better besides saying it is far more abundant than I could have ever asked or thought!


Waletha Rish


Waletha Rish started as part-time secretary at Colonial Heights in 1997. She moved with 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 772-6000, Monday through Thursday, from 9 AM - 4 PM to talk to her.


Dean Rish



Angie Rish



Jesse Lane

The Children’s Ministry at New Heights Church is one of the biggest blessings in my life. I am truly fortunate to be able to serve the Lord as a part of this amazing team. New Heights Church is home to caring, generous and very passionate volunteers that give so much of themselves to teach God’s Word on a level that our children will grasp and build on as they grow. 

Growing up, my family didn’t go to church on a regular basis. I was invited and attended church with my neighbors. I learned to love and look forward to Wednesday night youth group. I had extended family that loved me and always prayed for me. I chose to live for Christ when I was a young teenager. My relationship with Jesus grew over time, and when I became a nurse I truly realized the value of eternal life. I developed a passion for witnessing to my patients and their families at the end of life. Spending most of my career in Critical Care Units and then Hospice, I learned how valuable my role was, and gave all I had, no matter the time of day, night or location.  God has blessed me with a wonderful and supported family. I chose to leave bedside nursing when my career and patients were getting most of me and my family and children were getting very little.  My husband Wes is wonderful.  He picks up where I leave off, listens to my random yet creative interests and encourages me spiritually to be the best “Me” I can be.  My children have taught me to love in a way that is forgiving and unconditional. God has worked through each of them to teach me patience, love, friendship, leadership and countless life lessons.


Jared McAdams