Under the authority of Jesus Christ and the word of God, Heartland is led by a body of “elders.” This body is divided into three different teams--a Lead Team, Board of Directors and Pastoral Elders--which are described below. Each team is specialized in function and role.
In 2021, Heartland embraced a shift away from having one “Lead Pastor” to having one “Lead Team” of three pastors to lead the staff and ministries of the church. Why is Heartland led this way? We believe that relationship and community are essential both to who God is and to the ways in which His church is led. On a practical level, a Lead Team invites greater amounts of collaboration, health and humility, which are things that we believe are essential to a church. Each leader focuses on a different, but equally important aspect of the church’s mission in accordance with the gifts, passions, abilities and responsibilities of the team member. This balances the leadership responsibilities, and enables the different ministries of the church to be more closely integrated around Heartland’s one mission. Together, these three pastors lead humbly in relationship with God and with one another, each with a commitment to Heartland’s very best future. Heartland’s Lead Team consists of a Communities and Discipleship Pastor, a Leadership and Teaching Pastor, and an Operations and Development Pastor.
Description of roles coming soon.
Current Elders are John Auld, Tasha Cook, Brad Gregory, David Irwin, Betsy Lehleitner, Brian McBride and Ryan Nelson.