Pastors

Pastors

pastoral staff

Lead Pastor

Zeke Pipher

Zeke 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, & 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 designed to help give men & boys a vision of masculinity and equip older men to initiate…
Administrative/Youth & Family Pastor

JJ Springer

JJ grew up on a farm near Aurora. He and his wife Carol have four kids (or five, depending on the weekend). They have been at Heartland since 2008. Before coming to Heartland, JJ was a teacher and worked for a family policy organization in Lincoln. He enjoys hanging out with students and pointing them to Jesus, taking mission trips to Utah and Colorado, talking about apologetics, adding and subtracting numbers, and arguing about politics. JJ enjoys reading and traveling,…
Worship/Counseling Pastor

Travis Purkerson

Travis and Ruth have been married for 26 years and have six children. Their two oldest children are married and live in Columbus, Nebraska. Ruth and Travis have four children living at home with them: Rebecca, Josie, Clay and Justin. Travis and Ruth have been working in ministry for over 23 years. The majority of those years have been spent in the ministry of worship. Their primary purpose in leading worship at Heartland is to Foster an environment where God…
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