PASTORAL STAFF 

Ed Kendrick, Lead Pastor

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Ed Kendrick, Lead Pastor, began Heartland in 2002 after graduating that same year from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Masters Degree in Divinity. In 2015, Ed completed his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree, also from Southeastern Seminary. Prior to attending seminary and starting Heartland Church, Ed spent twenty years as a bank executive and served in various civic positions including Mayor for the City of Fort Meade, Florida. 

Ed has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 38 years. They have one daughter, Lauren, and two grandchildren, Colton and Kenzie. Heartland has grown from just 14 people in 2002 to more than 1000 in attendance today. Ed’s passion is to see people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and to grow in their relationship with Him until they themselves are reaching others for Christ.

Ed's hobbies include saltwater fishing, woodworking and riding his Harley!

Colossians 1:17 is Ed's life verse: "He is before all things and in Him all things hold together."

Danny Moosbrugger, Executive Pastor

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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.

 

Doyle Eldridge, Children's Pastor

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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 seven 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.

 

 

 

Eric Holm, Student Pastor

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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 daughter, Addison. 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

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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

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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 son, Scout, 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

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF


Robin Murphy, Executive Assistant

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Robin Murphy, Executive Assistant, became a Heartland staff member in 2008 after years of volunteer service in Heartland’s office. She has been married to her husband, John, since 1988. Prior to working at Heartland, Robin was involved in the banking and real estate industry.

Growing up in a Christian home, Robin became a Christ-follower at a young age. She moved to Florida from Michigan in 1985 and continues to be a big fan and supporter of the University of Michigan football team—Go Blue! She also loves to participate in and watch many other types of sports.

Robin and John have been active Heartland members since the church’s start in 2002. Throughout the years, together they have served in many ministry areas including Connection Groups, Guest Services, leading the college-age students, and offering pre-marriage coaching for couples who are preparing to get married.

In Robin’s free time, she enjoys hiking, visiting family members, traveling, crafting, and decorating and repurposing items for use in her home.

Robin’s desire is to be a true servant not only at Heartland but also in her “everyday encounters” with people. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men..."

 

Tina Gonzales, Administrative Assistant

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A native Floridian born and raised in Winter Haven, Tina Gonzales loves her home and has a heart to see God’s glory fall on this region. She dedicated her life to Christ at a young age and is passionate about seeing people’s lives changed for the better.

Calvary Baptist Church was blessed to have Tina as a preschool teacher for 10+ years where she made a huge impact in the lives of many families and children. She has a heart for missions where she has made several mission trips to orphanages across the globe.

In addition to her weekday duties, Tina serves on Heartland’s Media & Tech Team. She is happy to call Heartland her “home church” and is excited to see what God will accomplish through her employment and service here.


 

 

 

Bobbi Moosbrugger, Event Coordinator

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Bobbi Moosbrugger began attending Heartland in May 2013 and became a staff member on February 1, 2014 as Hospitality/Event Director. She is married to Danny and they have two children, Bryan and Lori.

Bobbi had the great privilege of learning the gift of hospitality under the mentoring and teaching of Dr. Dorothy Patterson, the wife of the President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Using these “gifts,” she has served as Director of Hospitality at Southeastern Seminary, Southwestern Seminary, and Truett McConnell College. While at Truett, Bobbi also acted as the head cheerleading coach for five years.

In addition to planning Heartland’s various events, Bobbi also enjoys hosting events and entertaining in her own home. Her other passions include decorating, making crafts, creating centerpieces and uniquely setting the tables for events and banquets, riding with her husband on his Harley, and watching cheerleading. Bobbi’s favorite “cheer team” is Bartow High School - where her daughter is the cheerleading coach. Japanese is the food she enjoys most!

Proverbs 3:5-6 is Bobbi’s favorite passage: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

 

 

Pete Kaarup, Facilities Manager

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Pete Kaarup, Facilities Manager, joined the staff at Heartland in 2014 and is tasked with the maintenance of our buildings. He has spent 30 years in the areas of building maintenance, repairs, remodeling and construction.

Pete and his wife of 39 years, Sally, moved to Winter Haven in 2004. Both gave their hearts and lives to Christ in 1978.

Prior to becoming Heartland’s Facilities Manager, Pete has served under our Guest Services Ministry as an usher, greeter, and security team member.

In Pete’s free time, he enjoys restoring antique flywheel engines.


 

 

 

 Debbie Warrick, Custodial Services

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Debbie Warrick, Custodial Services, has been keeping the church’s facilities clean for members and guests alike since the early days of Heartland - when attendance was less than 50 people. Today, with weekly attendance over 1000 people, what was once a couple hours a week of volunteer labor has evolved into a full-time “labor of love.”

In addition to her staff position at Heartland, Debbie also heads up the weekend Café Ministry and is always on the lookout for prospective “Baristas.”

Debbie and her husband, David, have three grown daughters. As a family they enjoy traveling and various outdoor activities.

 

 Chad Dedmon, Student Ministry Assistant

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Alec Ledger, Worship & Tech Arts Assistant

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Alec Ledger has been attending Heartland since 2010. As a high school student, he was a participant in the student band and then began his role as Student Worship Leader in 2012. Currently, Alec is Heartland's Worship & Technical Arts Assistant, which involves programming and running the lighting system for all of our weekend services and special events as well as  playing keyboard and taking part in many of the worship elements.

Alec is also a full time student at Polk State College. He plans to transfer to Southeastern University in 2017 to complete his Associate in Arts degree and to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. He has a passion for serving God and aspires to be a worship leader. Despite his busy schedule, Alec always takes time to enjoy a cup of coffee at Starbucks and his all-time favorite food is sushi.

One of Alec's favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans of welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

 

 

 

Sonia Martinez, Discipleship Assistant and Database Manager

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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Sonia Martinez, her husband Robert and their daughter Gabriella moved from New York to St. Cloud, FL in the summer of 2004. In 2007, they moved to Winter Haven and in early 2010 they found their church home when she and her family started attending Heartland.

In August 2017, Sonia joined our staff full-time to become our Discipleship Assistant and Database Manager. Prior to that she has served in various roles within our Children’s Ministry and most recently was the Children’s Ministry Smallville Director. Sonia has a passion to serve God and loves helping everyone especially families to strengthen their relationship with the Lord by encouraging them to be part of Heartland’s Connection Groups, to be God-centered and serving in our different ministries.

Sonia’s favorite verses are: 1 Peter 4:10: As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…

Deuteronomy 6:6-7: And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

 

Gary LaSpina, Media Specialist

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