Pastor Cranston (Custom)Pastor Brad Cranston, Sr.

Brad Cranston was born in Sewickley, PA on December 2, 1962.

He accepted Christ as his Savior a few weeks before turning six years old.

In June 1985 Bro. Cranston was married to Heidi Marie Christner at Marion Ave. Baptist Church in Washington, IA. Over the years God has blessed them with eight children: Kristina (Scott Mercer), Brad Jr, (Patricia Murray), Suzanna (Andrew Blank), Kayla, Tiffany (Jonathan Brown), Emily, Jacob and Joanna.

From the summer of 1988 until the spring of 1992 Bro. Cranston served as the assistant pastor at his home church, Allegheny Baptist Temple, near Pittsburgh, PA.

In the Spring of 1992 the Cranstons moved to Burlington, IA where Bro. Cranston assumed the pastorate of a 16 month old church plant meeting in a rented room at the local community college. In the fall 1992 the church was chartered and organized as Heritage Baptist Church. In 1996 the church acquired their own building and the attendance has grown to average between 150 – 200 in the Sunday morning services. In March of 2016 the church purchased the former Open Bible Church building on the south side of Burlington. The church will relocate to that facility in the early summer of 2016 following renovations to the auditorium.

In 2008, sensing the moral and spiritual decline of our political process, Bro. Cranston founded Iowa Baptists for Biblical Values. Over the years that effort has increased to include a weekly presence of Baptist pastors at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines and trusted relationships with numerous good and godly Iowa legislators.

In January of 2015 Pastor Cranston joined Dr. Chuck Harding and Awake America Ministries as the Director of the Awake America State Capitol Initiative with the goal of reproducing his Iowa efforts in other states. To date State Capitol Initiatives have been launched in North Carolina, California, Maryland, Colorado and New York.


Pastor Brad Cranston, Jr.