In October 2003, Brother Heyward was hired at the West End Church of Christ in Atlanta, GA as the Assistant Minister. During this time, he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Amridge University. Since then Brother Heyward has received his Masters of Arts in Theology and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Tennessee Temple University and Baptist Bible College and Seminary. He completed his doctorate degree in Theological Exegesis at Knox Theological Seminary. In February of 2007, he was ordained as the full-time Senior Minister of the West End Church of Christ.