“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 daughters Lilly and Bella laugh, walking everywhere, playing games, and being a coffee snob.
Rev. Stephanie Smith
As a military brat, Stephanie traveled around a bit but grew up mostly in Kokomo. She attended Taylor University (B.A. Christian Ministry) and Western Theological Seminary (Master's of Divinity). Before moving back to Indiana, Stephanie and Brandon spent the first seven years of their marriage living with students of Hope College, where Stephanie worked as a Resident Director. Now they have their hands full with two daughters - Lilly and Bella. Stephanie enjoys reading, nature, and playing with her daughters.
Children & Youth Minister
Andy grew up in Earl Park, Indiana with his four brothers. He attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Children's Ministry and Intercultural Studies. After graduating in 2017 before coming to Heartland, he spent a year working at White's Residential Family services as a house parent. In his free time, he enjoys horseback riding with his younger brothers, going on random adventures, and spending time with his pet parrots while binge watching Friends and Grey's Anatomy.
Kid's Hope Director
Wendy Maxson works to develop and sustain a dynamic KIDS HOPE USA program within Heartland Community Church in partnership with Hershey Elementary. She casts the vision for Kids Hope, leads the volunteer mentors, coordinates the prayer partners, and continues to develop the relationship with Hershey.
Julie grew up in Lake Village Indiana on a sunflower farm, her father was a flower grower. In 2011 Julie graduated from Purdue University Calumet with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science specializing in Health Information Analysis. Julie worked at Franciscan Alliance Crown Point for 7 years before moving to Lafayette in 2015. Julie and her husband Matt have been married for 4 years, they have a 9-year-old son Ben and three spoiled pups. Julie is involved in MOPS, MOMS Club, and BSF International. She also enjoys reading, exploring new places, and spending time with her family.
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