People

People

Children’s Ministry Director

Melody Merchant

Melody has been the Children’s Ministry Director at Heartland since fall of 2014. She especially enjoys reading children’s picture books and handing out papers at volunteer training. 😉 Melody also loves serving with the worship team at Heartland. Most Sundays you’ll find her racing back and forth between the stage and the Kids Min hallway. Melody and her husband Caleb have been married for 16 years. They have four kids: Ethan, Kylie, Julia, and Ava. They spend most of their…
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…