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The Heartland Church Team



This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Lead Pastor


Favorite TV Show: 60 Minutes

Favorite Quote:  “Not even a mosquito gets a pat on the back until he starts working.”

What do you love about your job: Believing that I'm making a difference in someone's life.

Your desire for HC:  To see people experience God's presence each and every week to such an extent that it brings about transformation..


This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Executive Pastor

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Joined Heartland Staff: July 2008
Family:
Pam (wife of 30+ years), Jonathan (son), Christian (son), Danielle (daughter)
Education: B.A. Political Science, Whittier College; J.D. Pepperdine University School of Law; M.A., Theological Studies, Liberty University
My Hero: The Apostle Paul (after Jesus)
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Praying with the former Bishop Jack DeHart that God would put me to work in His kingdom.
Life Motto: "Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible."



This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Associate Pastor; NextGen Pastor

Joined Heartland Staff: October 2001
Family:
Kendra (wife of 9 years), Jaden (daughter)
Education: B.S. Communications, Dallas Baptist University; Th.M. Biblical Studies, Liberty University; MDiv. Pastoral Studies, Liberty University (Expected Spring 2015)
Three People I’d Like to Meet:  Dirk Nowitzki, Billy Graham, Phil Mickelson
My Hero: My dad
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:  At age 16, I remember having an encounter with God at a youth camp in the altar.  On my face, I remember telling Him that I wanted to give my life to ministry. 
Life Motto:  "If God has given you a capacity for something, then God has given you a responsibility to carry that thing out."  – Terry Smith




Kendra Dean :: NextGen Pastor, Renew Women's Director


Joined Heartland Staff: January 2014
Family: Dusty (husband), Jaden (daughter)
Education: B.S. Communications, University of North texas
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Celine Dion, David and Paul
My Hero: My dad
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: At the age of 22, I  had an encounter with God where my pride was broken and I was genuinely repenting for all the years of anger I had in my heart towards people, religion, and even God himself. I remember feeling so ashamed for being mad at God and in that moment of repentance, He forgave me and told me I was a woman after His own heart. I remember all the shame lifted instantly and my heart was open to love again. My mistakes didn’t matter as long as I did my best to love him and live like him every day.   
Life Motto: "It is not about the action, it is about your reaction." - LeRoy Kelly (father)


This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Associate Pastor

Joined Heartland Staff: February 1979
Family:
John (husband), Craig & Carrie (children), Katy, Kyle, Raychel and Raybecca (grandchildren)
Education:
The School of Hard Knocks (35+ years of on the job education)
Three People I’d Like to Meet:
President George W. Bush, Heroes both men and women returning from Afghanistan, Barnabas, a master soul winner
My Hero:
Bishop Jack DeHart and of course my husband John is a real Vietnam hero to me!
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
On May 20, 1973, God gloriously filled me with His Holy Spirit.  Ever since that encounter with God, it’s been an awesome, ever unfolding journey.
Life Motto:
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” - anonymous



This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Director of Worship

Favorite TV ShowLost, Heroes

Favorite Quote:  “Hey Guys, Big Gulps huh? Well, see ya later!” – Dumb and Dumber

What do you love about your jobWorking with so many great people. I’m blessed to have one of the most talented yet humble worship teams in the world. They make this job easy and fun for me.

Your desire for HC:  For the Worship Team to put out the first ever full-length Heartland Worship album!















This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Staff Pastor

Joined Heartland Staff: April 2003
Family:
Sandy (Wife), Dawn (daughter), Barry (son-in-law), Ryan (son); Caleb & Cayden (grandsons)
Education:
Associate of Arts, Columbia University; B.A. Military History, Marine Corps University
Three People I’d Like to Meet:
President George W. Bush, Lewis B “Chesty” Puller (Lieutenant General, US Marine Corps), Apostle Peter
My Hero:
My wife, Sandy and my mentors, Pastors Jim and Nancy Millsap
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
When I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1975 and my epiphany of the inclusiveness of the Lord’s Church while at a praise and worship service at New Life Church in Colorado Springs in 2005.
Life Motto:
"Jesus is not looking for perfection from me. He is looking for willingness and progress."




This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Children’s Pastor

Favorite TV ShowSo You Think You Can Dance

Favorite Quote: "Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it..."  Harry Middleton

What do you love about your job: There is nothing in this world more important than doing something that you love with purpose and passion.  It is such an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to speak into the lives of children and coach them along their spiritual path into a deep and thriving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Your desire for HC: It is my desire to see HC as a place of healing for all walks of life.




This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Director of Production

Joined Heartland Staff: January 2010
Family: Kelsey (wife)
Education: B.A. Church Ministries, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Phil Cooke, Tom Hanks, Me in 20 years
My Hero: Batman
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: God spoke to me my first day in college telling me to pursue media.
Life Motto: “Failure is only failure when you don’t get up.”




This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Business Administrator

Joined Heartland Staff: August 2010
Family:  David (Husband)
Education: B.S. Mathematics, Dallas Baptist University  
My Hero: My dad
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:  At one of our first REVEAL Conferences, when I was 18 years old, I remember praying for clarity on what my calling in life would be and I felt God say look around, this is exactly where you are meant to be.  And as I saw students worshipping, praying, and God changing their lives, I have always known, since then, that I was called to serve the church and His people.
Life Motto:  Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1




Mikey Faulkner :: Director of Children's Ministries

Joined Heartland Staff: January 2013
Family:
Mike Faulkner (dad), Marty Faulkner (mom), Makenzie Faulkner (sister), Ramsi Rubalcava (sister), and Reed Russell (brother)
Education:
B.S. Christian Studies with a minor in Communications, Dallas Baptist University
Three People I’d Like to Meet:
Billy Graham, Tom Brady, and John F. Kennedy
My Hero:
My father
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
The summer going into my junior year of High School, God clearly placed a call of ministry on my heart. It was the most incredible feeling knowing exactly what He wanted me to do for the rest of my life, and an even greater feeling that He would be at the center of it all!
Life Motto:
“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.”

 




Ryan Martinez :: Student Director

Joined Heartland Staff: January 2013
Family:
Cindy (mom of 20 years), George (Dad of 20 years), Andrew, (Brother)
Education:
Some college, Tarrant County College; The King’s University Gateway
Three People I’d Like to Meet:
Judah Smith, Chachi Gonzales, Perry Noble
My Hero:
My dad
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
At a chapel service hosted by The King’s University, I remember having the most real encounter with God. While I was on my knees, my heart began to break for what broke His heart…lost souls.
Life Motto:
"Do what is in front of you, so you can reach what is ahead of you. Keep the vision for your life, but don’t neglect your sight."















Karli Switzer :: Administrative Assistant to Pastor Dusty Dean

Joined Heartland Staff: August 2012
Family:
Lives in Austin, Texas
Education:
Some college, University of North Texas
Three People I¹d Like to Meet:
Christine Caine, Barbara Bush, Diane Sawyer
My Hero:
My parents
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
Youth camp when I was 15 years old; the Lord touched my life in such a tangible, remarkable way.
Life Motto:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt



Becky Porter :: Pastor of Assimilation and Care

Joined Heartland Staff: August 2012
Family:
James (husband of 17+ years), Will (son), Thomas (son)
Education:
B.A. Psychology, Ashford University; M.A.  Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary
My Hero:
Nehemiah: that man had focus and clarity!
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
When in the moment of complete upheaval and despair the Lord covered me and held me.  All anxiety left me even though the upheaval and uncertainty of the future did not leave.  I was held and safe.  That is a feeling The Holy Spirit gave me; a glimpse of my true reality in a moment that I needed Him most.
Life Motto:
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." – Romans 8:37-39














Joel Carpenter :: Associate Music Director; Student Band Director

Joined Heartland Staff: March 2013
Three People I’d Like to Meet: Bono, Martin Luther King Jr., Paul McCartney,
My Hero: My Dad
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: When I was 12 years old I only knew 4 chords on my guitar (I was terrible) but that was enough to play quite a few worship tunes. At the time I loved this one song called “In The Secret” and I would play it over and over. I remember one day vividly I was is my room singing and just worshiping to that chorus. Very clearly I felt the Lord speak to me and say “I want you to sing and write songs for me and worship me with all of your heart.” I have been trying to obey him in that calling ever since that day.
Life Motto: Luke 10:27















This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :: Facility Manager

Joined Heartland Staff: November 2010
Family:
Michelle (wife of 4 years), Jesse (son), Stephanie (daughter), Eli Jr. (son), Nicolle (daughter), Gabriel (son), Justin (son), Arianna (daughter)
Education:
Some college, Washburn Trade school, Certificate in Home Building Maintenances, Certificate - Granite installation and Fabrication
Three People I’d Like to Meet:
Michael Jordan, Joel Osteen, Fred Hammond
My Hero:
My dad
One of My Greatest Experiences with God:
At a recent Sunday service the Lord broke me down.  "I heard God speak to my heart, I have called you by name, I will make the way.  I will resurrect everything the enemy has stolen. Your life will never be the same."
Life Motto:  "
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
- John F. Kennedy