“The greatest among you must become like a person of lower status, and the leader like a servant.”
Rev. Brandon Smith
Brandon is from Kokomo, Indiana and grew up in the same church as his wife Stephanie. They met while serving together as youth leaders. After a snowy education in Holland, Michigan (B.A. Religion at Hope College, Master’s of Divinity at Western Theological Seminary), he now serves together with Stephanie as a co-pastor. He enjoys making his baby daughter laugh, walking everywhere, playing games, and being a coffee snob.
One of the first faces you will meet at Heartland is that of our Administrative Assistant, Kathy Keiser. She works part-time in the HCC office Tuesday through Friday. Kathy lives in Monticello IN with her husband Bryan. They enjoy spending time on the lake in the warmer months. They have two grown daughters living in Lafayette and Greencastle. Kathy has been a member of Heartland since 1988 (formerly First Reformed). She has served as a deacon and is currently on the Property Team and Welcome Team.
Rev. Stephanie Smith
As a military brat, Stephanie traveled around a bit but grew up mostly in Kokomo. She discovered the healing gift of Christian community during college at Taylor University (B.A. Christian Ministry). After tying the knot with Brandon, she joined him at Western Theological Seminary also receiving a Master’s of Divinity (with better grades). She enjoys reading, nature, and playing with their precious little daughter Lilly.
Kid's Hope Co-Director
Liz Schmalzried and fellow Co-Director, Wendy Maxson work to develop and sustain a dynamic KIDS HOPE USA program within Heartland Community Church in partnership with Hershey Elementary. They cast the vision for Kids Hope, lead the volunteer mentors, coordinate the prayer partners, and continue to develop the relationship with Hershey.
Doug & Therese O'Brien
Doug and Therese O'Brien are the custodians at Heartland. Their outstanding and detail oriented work keeps our building looking new.
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