elder board members


Brandon Hamer

Brandon Hamer and his wife Karmen have lived in Central City for the past 22 years and have attended Heartland since moving to Central City after college. Brandon grew up on a farm near Scotia and Karmen on a farm north of Holdrege. They met in college at UNL, have been married for 23 years, and have 4 children: Kordell, Bailey, Kortney, and Brielle. In addition to the time they enjoy with their kids and extended families, they enjoy the…

Zeke Pipher

Zeke Pipher has been the senior pastor at Heartland since 2005. He’s been married to Jamie since 1997 and together they have three children (Kate, Aidan, and Claire.) Zeke earned his Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology (2001) and his Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2005). Zeke is also an author and freelance outdoor writer. He recently published two books to give men & boys a vision of masculinity and equip older men to initiate boys…
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Mark McHargue

Mark McHargue married his high school sweetheart Judi in 1986. They have four grown children. Their two oldest, Andrew and Jordan both are married and live in the area. They have blessed Mark and Judi with several grandchildren. Rachel is married as well and lives in Michigan. Charis, their youngest, has Angelman syndrome and still lives at home. Mark and his brother are fourth generation family farmers east of Central City. Along with farming, Mark is co-owner of McHargue Builders…
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