Welcome to Heartland Student Ministry!
Heartland Students is for students in grades 6-12. Our groups meet on Sunday or Wednesday nights.
MIDWEEK – for Middle School students; meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00 pm until 7:45 pm.
THE GATHERING – for High School students; meets on Sunday nights from 6:00 pm until 7:45 pm.
Both services include live worship, relevant teaching for students, and a small group time divided by age and gender. Small group leaders are committed to their students and serve the same group each week. A snack bar with pizza, candy, and drinks is available at all student services.
Our small group leaders are the heart of our student ministry, meeting with their students on a weekly basis at the end of our large group time. During small groups, students engage in conversation with their leader and peers about applying the message to their lives, pray, and build community with one another.
Heartland Students provides many activities through the year for the large group and small groups.
2020 summer camps
Student Life Camps
MidWeek Summer Camp
JuLY 27 – 31, 2020
The gathering summer camp
July 13 – 17, 2020
Student Ministry Staff & Leaders
Chad Dedmon, Student 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 a Student Ministry Assistant and stepped in to his role as Student Pastor in 2019.
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!
Eric Holm, Assistant 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. In August 2019, he transitioned to Executive Director of Youth for Christ Polk County and is now serving part time in Heartland Students.
As Assistant 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 a 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.
Small Group Leaders
6th Grade Boys – Eric Holm
7th Grade Girls – Rebecca Thuma and Michelle Williams
7th Grade Boys – David Farley and Randy Olvera
8th Grade Girls – Brittany Gardner and Amy Whitehead
8th Grade Boys – Ian Garner, Hunter Oscarson, and Ryan Whitehead
9th Grade Girls – Ashley Bush and Nikki Smith
9th Grade Boys – Jadin Cogswell and Jarrod Johnson
10th Grade Girls – Jennifer Roberts and Lauren Young
11th Grade Girls – Lori Bush
11th Grade Boys – Chad Dedmon
12th Grade Girls – Lindsie Casey and Shawna Cogswell
12th Grade Boys – Blake Gardner
Other leaders who frequently help: Pete Casey, Meagan Dedmon, and Annette Vaughn