People

Amy Bailey

Amy is the Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She has been attending Heartland for nearly 20 years, ever since she and her hubby, Dan, were young(ish) parents in need of a nursery volunteer who could handle their spirited toddler. As a mom with six children (and a “Mimi” of three grandchildren), Amy understands the joys and struggles of the many stages of parenthood. So, if you ever happen to show up to church five minutes late, with your shirt inside out,…

Scott Gamblin

Scott   Gamblin grew up in Chapman Nebraska. He graduated from the         University of Kearney with a degree in elementary education. Scott has been teaching third grade at Chapman Public School since 2006. He lives in Chapman with his wife Elizabeth and their two children Elijah and Amalia. His family’s favorite things are playing games, family movie nights, swimming, and hiking in the small treeline at the back of their house. Scott enjoys playing board games, camping, scuba diving, and watching—as…

Tyson Ratliff

Tyson Ratliff is a native of   Central City and attended Nebraska Christian High School where he met his high school sweetheart. He proposed six months after graduation, and they were married in 2007. Tyson graduated from Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and is now self-employed in the powersports industry while working from home. Sarah homeschools their three children and the kids enjoy visiting their dad in the shop or playing on their acreage south of Central City. Tyson has…

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…

Elliot Murphy

Elliot Murphy’s favorite verse is Psalm 16:11: You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. He and his wife Janelle have two boys, Hudson and Ezra. He is Operations Supervisor at Preferred Popcorn. He graduated from Nebraska Christian in 2010 and earned a BA from Hillsdale where he ran track and led a team Bible Study through Intervarsity Fellowship. He enjoys biking and running.

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…

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…

Travis Purkerson

Travis Purkerson and his wife Ruth have been married for 26 years and have six children. Their two oldest children are married. 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. Travis has also enjoyed the ministry of Biblical Counseling for many years. His desire is to see God’s…

Drew Schreiber

A Central City native, Drew Schreiber and his wife Lydia have four sons: Riley, Tucker, Mason, and Oakley. Drew is Director of Business Development at Twin Rivers Urgent Care. He has been involved with the Awana ministry since childhood and serves as Heartland’s Awana commander.  He enjoys spending time with his family, taking walks, and rooting for the Huskers.

Tyson Ratliff

Tyson Ratliff is a native of   Central City and attended Nebraska Christian High School where he met his high school sweetheart. He proposed six months after graduation, and they were married in 2007. Tyson graduated from Motorcycle Mechanic Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and is now self-employed in the powersports industry while working from home. Sarah homeschools their three children and the kids enjoy visiting their dad in the shop or playing on their acreage south of Central City. Tyson has…
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