Danny Moosbrugger, Executive Pastor
Danny Moosbrugger has acted as Heartland’s Executive Pastor since May 2013.
Married to Bobbi, they have two adult children, Lori and Bryan, who are both married and live in Central Florida. They are not quite empty nesters - Hank still lives at home. He is black and chrome and weighs about 1,000 lbs when full of gas - their beloved Harley Davidson!
Danny’s education includes a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Florida Baptist College, a Master of Divinity with a minor in Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Past positions held include Law Enforcement Officer, Student Pastor, Minister of Music, Senior Pastor, Church Administrator, and administrative positions at both Southeastern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminaries.
Danny’s hobbies include motorcycle riding and reading. He enjoys all styles of Christian music!
Danny has a passion to help others experience success through the accomplishment of their goals, dreams, and when their “AHA” moments are realized and acted upon. He strives to lead others to an understanding of life through a biblical viewpoint.
Chad Dedmon, Student Teaching Pastor
From a young age, Chad has felt led to work with students. His experience as a teenager, highly active in student ministry, had a profound impact on his life. After moving from Orlando, Chad began attending Heartland in June 2013, and became part of Heartland’s Student Ministry in August 2014. Since then he has been engaging with students through teaching, activities, and service. He joined the Heartland Staff in August 2015 as the Student Ministry Assistant.
Chad’s favorite verse is John 17:4: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” He tries to live by this every day. Chad is married to Meagan, and they have two sons, Declan and Orin. Both Chad and Meagan graduated from UCF, so they enjoy supporting the Knights! They’re also big Disney World fans!
Doyle Eldridge, Children's Pastor
Doyle Eldridge has been Heartland’s Children’s Pastor since January 2011. He was ordained into the Gospel ministry in April 1982 after graduating from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministries. Doyle has served at other churches in Alabama, Tennessee and Florida prior to coming on board with Heartland.
Doyle’s favorite Bible verse is Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” He has a passion to let his light shine for Jesus and to teach children to do the same. Doyle has been starting and leading Awana Clubs since 1989. He has personally started five Awana Clubs in Polk County and has also trained those from other churches to lead their own Awana programs.
Married to the love of his life, Toni, together they have five children and eight grandchildren. A fan of both the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you can often hear Doyle talk about the ups and downs of these teams.
Gary Grubbs, Technology & Media Pastor
Florida born and raised, Gary has literally grown up in the church, having sat under the piano as his mother played for choir rehearsal each week. He began leading music in his home church in 1988 and shortly after, began to feel God’s call on his life to enter full-time ministry. In the Spring of 1994, Gary, along with his wife and young son made the move to Graceville, Florida to attend the Baptist College of Florida, where he received a B.A. in Music.
Upon graduation in 1997, he returned to Florida to take a full-time music ministry position at FBC Fort Meade. There he met Ed Kendrick, and the two quickly formed a strong friendship. Their desire to serve God and their shared vision for church planting began the birth of Heartland Church. Gary and Ed opened the doors to Heartland’s first service in the summer of 2002. Since that time Gary has served in various staff roles - Worship Pastor, Executive Pastor, and currently Technology & Media Pastor.
Married to Stacey since 1987, they have two children, James and Jenna. James and his wife, Ragan, just recently made Gary and Stacey first time grandparents with the birth of Ellis Gibson! Gary enjoys traveling to the Smoky Mountains, boating, and spending time with his family.
Eric Holm, Student Pastor
With a passion to see lives of students transformed by the love of Christ, Eric Holm has served in various roles with young people for over 15 years, starting as a summer youth director at a small church in Alturas, Florida. While working with troubled and at risk kids as a missionary with Youth For Christ of Polk County, Eric began attending Heartland Church in 2004. In May of 2010 he joined the Heartland pastoral team as Student Pastor.
As Student Pastor, Eric desires that students live by 1 Timothy 4:12: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
Eric is married to April and they have one son, Miguel, and two daughters, Addison & Kinsley. They enjoy spending time together and traveling as a family - especially to the beach and the mountains. Eric’s hobbies include camping, canoeing, and hiking.
Mike White, Creative Arts Pastor
Mike White, Heartland’s Creative Arts Pastor, has been leading worship for 26 years. His passion is to see people making an authentic connection with God while finding freedom in a moving musical experience.
The passage of scripture that best defines his heart for worship is John 4:23: “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
He enjoys Sunday drives in his Jeep, playing his Taylor acoustic guitar, attending concerts from up-and-coming bands, playing tennis and basketball, and drinking kiwi-strawberry Vitamin waters. Mike’s favorite sporting teams are the Boston Red Sox and the Florida Gators. He also enjoys listening to Bethel Music, Hillsong United, U2, Switchfoot and Queen.
For the past 25 years Mike has been married to his high school sweetheart, Lizbeth. They have two children, Tabitha and Kari. Mike believes this life-affirming proverb: “In a world of compliments and criticisms, be sure the voice of God defines you.”
Mitch Johnson, Discipleship Pastor
In October 2016, Mitch Johnson moved to Winter Haven to join the Heartland staff family as Discipleship Pastor. Prior to working at Heartland, he had the honor of serving at two other churches - as a Young Adult Pastor and as a Student Pastor. One common theme is apparent in every church Mitch has been a part of: He loves to create leaders with the goal that they will serve their family, church, and community.
Married to Brooke and a proud father to their two sons, Scout and Atlas. The Johnson family enjoys spending their time together - whether that means worshipping at church, taking walks in their neighborhood, hunting, fishing, or simply staying and relaxing at home!
Mitch was called into full-time ministry at the age of 17. His formal Christian education includes a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Truett-McConnell College, a Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and he has been accepted at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to pursue his Doctor of Ministry degree.
Mitch is passionate about seeing people understand the Bible because he knows that it holds every truth needed for this life! As believers, it is our mission to multiply ourselves and to make known the name of Jesus in our own community, country, and to the world! He wants to equip and see the people of Heartland Church carry out this mission