People

Tom Dockweiler

Tom Dockweiler and his wife, Sherry, have attended Heartland Evangelical Free Church since they moved to Central City in the summer of 1985. They are grateful to the people of Heartland for the opportunities to minister and to be ministered to throughout the years. They are especially grateful for the many individuals who came alongside their four children, Melody, Carmen, Zachary, and Jonathan, as they matured into the young women and men they have become today. The three oldest are…

Paul Beyer

Paul wants to live in a world filled with Pepsi fountains, endless chocolate covered peanut butter cups and a lot fewer vegetables. His life’s ambition is to grow a beard like Pastor JJ. With his history in law enforcement and his current job, Paul has been blessed to realize his passion for helping people. He has seen people at their best and at their worst and that has helped him develop a deep compassion for God’s people. God has also…

Jamie Pipher

Jamie serves as the Women’s Ministry Director at Heartland. She is married to Zeke and has three kids – Kate, Aidan, and Claire. Jamie has attended Heartland since 2005 when she was a young wife and mom. Now she has a house full of teenagers and more than a few gray hairs. The seasons of a woman’s life change quickly (even when some of those days with young kids seem to last forever). Jamie believes that the local church is…

Amy Bailey

Amy is the Interim Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She has been attending Heartland for over 18 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 elementary 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 well as    playing—ice hockey.…

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…