meet our team

#theheartlandteam

Heartland Christian is overwhelmingly blessed to have an incredible staff.  Any organization can only be as strong as the individuals who are working toward the same purpose. We are excited to have a clear vision and some of the most wonderful people in the world. Please pray for our team as they work to be the hands and feet of Christ to this generation of young people. 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

B O A R D   O F   D I R E C T O R S

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Eric Himelick

DIRECTOR OF URBAN MINISTRIES,

Evangelistic Faith Missions

When Eric was an early teen, he felt God calling him to prepare for ministry. He graduated in 2000 from Union Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Eric and his wife, Rachelle, served as the founding directors of Victory Inner-city Ministries for 15 years before joining Evangelistic Faith Missions in June 2015. They live with their six children in Upland, IN at Victory Acres Farm.

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PHIL ALEXANDER

PRESIDENT, Midwest Property Logistics

Phil began working in the construction service industry in 2005, which eventually led to him co-founding Midwest Property Logistics. While the company focuses on innovation, customer service and excellence, Phil believes MPL is called to be a light in the construction industry. 

This blend of business principles and mission is the foundation for the company's growth. Phil is pursuing his degree in Business Management and enjoys spending time with his family. 

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JERRY CASE

OFFICE MANAGER, Clemens Home Solutions

Jerry has worked for Clemens Home Solutions as office manager since 2013.

Prior to working for Clemens, Jerry was a full-time educator in Florida and the Cayman Islands.  

He received his bachelors in Music Education from God’s Bible College. Jerry is a proud veteran of the US Army.

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BRETT FISCHER

321GoKids!, Owner + Lead Physical Therapist

Brett is passionate about serving families with special needs children.

He is the owner and founder of 321GoKids, a comprehensive pediatric therapy service from birth to 18 years of age. Brett loves to lead and teach others. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, reading, strategic thinking games and deep conversations with friends around a fire.

Shawn Clemens

PRESIDENT,   Clemens Home Solutions

Shawn grew up working with several local contractors and has 25 years of experience in construction.

In 1998, he bought his first gutter machine and started Clemens Home Solutions.

Shawn’s commitment to detail and excellence has enabled the company to grow into a thriving business.

Administrative LEADERSHIP

SCott clEMENS 

HEADMASTER

--Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Education

--Master of Arts in Religion

TEACHInG STAFF

This group of incredible people keep the Heartland programs functioning by fulfilling their respective roles with competence and wisdom and are always quick to lend a helping hand. Whether it's pulling student curriculum or praying with their students, we are thankful for their commitment to our mission. 

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TONI COLEMAN 
Teacher's Assistant
Highschool

SCotT CLEMENS

HEAD OF LEARNING CENTER

Highschool

scott Craig
Supervisor
Highschool

Caleb Case
Teacher's Assistant
High School

--Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Education

--Master of Arts in Religion

--Eighteen years education experience

--Thirty-six years education experience

--Bachelor of Arts

--Bachelor of Arts 

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DARLA STROUP

HEAD OF LEARNING CENTER

Kindergarten 

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VALERIE WELCH 
Teacher's Assistant
Kindergarten

--Bachelor of Arts in Music

--Thirty-six years education experience

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CONNIE JOSLIN 
HEAD OF LEARNING CENTER
1st 

--Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology

--Thirty-nine years education experience

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KIRSTEN MANLEY
HEAD OF LEARNING CENTER
2nd - 3rd

--Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

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JacquelYN PENTICUFF
HEAD OF LEARNING CENTER
4th - 5th
 

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BRIANA MARSHALL
Teacher's Assistant
4th - 5th
 

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JULIANA PENTICUFF
Teacher's Assistant
4th - 5th
 

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JIM STROUP

HEAD OF LEARNING CENTER

Junior High

--Bachelor of Arts in Education

--Thirty-six years education experience

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Travis STROUP
Supervisor
Junior High

MIchael McKim
Teacher's Assistant
Junior High

SHERYL CLEMENS
Teacher's Assistant
2nd - Junior High

--Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English

--Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies

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SARAH URWIN
SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHER
All Grades

MISSY ADAMS

ART TEACHER

All Grades

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DELYNDA CRABTREE

SPANISH TEACHER

2nd Year Spanish

--Associate of Arts in Business & Spanish

--29 years education experience

MARTHA SMITH
HEAD OF REMOTE LEARNING CENTER

 

--Bachelor of Arts in English

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michelle probst

VOCAL & INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TEACHER - All Grades

--Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

ZONDA KETCHAM
SPEECH RESOURCE TEACHER

OPERATIONS

This team provides operational support for Heartland's programs. Their work is vital in communicating with parents and connecting with our donors.  These individuals help manage scholarships, donation processing, prayer and parent/teacher communications. 

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DELYNDA CRABTREE

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

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KRISTA CRABTREE

SECRETARY

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CASEY KNIGHT
SECRETARY

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SHERYL CLEMENS

PRAYER TEAM COORDINATOR