OUR STORY

When theHeart was first planted in 2001, our original vision included the statement “attracting and ministering to those individuals who have not attended or who currently do not attend church to share God’s love and forgiveness through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Decades later, this singular purpose remains the same.


Our DNA as a faith community has always been to reach people who identify as the displaced church—anyone who feels disconnected from God—and return them into relationship through Christ's Love.

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MISSION

Reconciling people to God and each other through Christ's Love. Simple.

VISION

Attempting to create vibrant spaces of hope and healing where Christ’s Love is put into action.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We take the posture that in the essentials of our faith we find unity, in the non-essentials we embrace liberty, and in all things we offer love. Our desire is to be known by what we're for more than what we're against.

GOD

There is One True God. In the beginning He created all things good. He was and will always be in relationship with Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

PEOPLE

The human race was created by a special act of God, in His own image. Adam and Eve were created without sin. They were tempted by the enemy (Satan), and chose to disobey God. Based on their disobedience, humans are now part of a broken world.


God did not abandon His creation. He promised to restore the brokenness. As part of this, He chose a people through Abraham (Israel). Despite Israel's disobedience, God has not forgotten His promise. He brought the Messiah (Jesus) into the world through this chosen nation. He will restore all things through Jesus.

BIBLE

God inspired the authors of Scripture by His Spirit. The Bible, as originally given, is the perfect Word of God.

SALVATION

God entered humanity as a human (Jesus). Jesus was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from the virgin Mary. Jesus died for our sins, was resurrected, and ascended to heaven, where He serves as the only mediator between God and mankind, making intercession for us. God desires all people to receive salvation through faith in what Jesus did for us.

LIFE

Through the guidance and leading of the Holy Spirit, believers in Jesus are called to love God with all of themselves, and to love people with the same kind of love. We long for the return of Jesus, when He will restore all things.

WHAT WE VALUE

Everything we do as a community of believers—in worship, as part of a group, or in service of others—can be modeled with a clear understanding and healthy commitment to five distinct values.

SIMPLE

Attempting to be and do church in a way that removes things that are unnecessary so we can focus on what is important and do those specific things with quality and excellence.

LOVING

Believing that we are called to love God with all of ourselves and to embrace people with this same kind of love.

TRUE

Being known by what we’re for rather than what we’re against removes barriers. In truth, we can lead radically sanctified lives, be the unique creations God has called each of us to be, and experience truly intimate relationships with one another.

CALLED

Coming together to be the physical representation of church in our neighborhoods and places of work. We are called to display genuine spirits of love, respect, and honor for others above ourselves that is visibly present in the way that we interact with everyone we meet.

MOBILE

Embracing our true identity through the unique, creative, and healthy ways that we intentionally live out authentic community as a body of believers. Mobility challenges us to apply the truth of God's Word in our daily lives as we seek spiritual growth and act with grace-filled maturity.

MEET OUR STAFF

theHeart Staff thoughtfully establishes ministry initiatives that help us pursue a mission of reconciliation. With a strong emphasis on our distinct values, they work to create safe spaces that lead to the real and meaningful expression of love for God and people.

GRAHAM AITKEN

Pastor, Mobilization and Outreach

Graham joined staff in August 2017 to implement meaningful ways for relationships at theHeart to grow even deeper. Since then he has taken on a role that focuses on outward facing relationships. Specifically through Love In Action initiatives, Graham helps theHeart engage with people and organizations that are engaging the heart of the High Country and beyond. He also leads our Foster and Adoption Care ministry, Benevolence ministry, and Prayer Team. Along with Josh, Graham serves on the Executive Team. He is also a part of our Teaching Team.

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JOSH ANDERSON

Pastor, Connection and Formation

Josh joined staff in July 2014. Over the years, his responsibilities have evolved to include strengthening our culture focused on loving God, sharing life, and serving people. With an inward focus on building meaningful relationships, Josh helps to strengthen and grow our Spiritual Formation Group ministry. He leads our Newcomers Course along with coordinating baptisms, child dedications, and communion. Josh leads our Teaching Team​. Along with Graham, Josh also serves on the Executive Team.

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ERIN DEUEL

Worship Director

Worship is more than the songs we sing on Sundays. It is the posture of our hearts and minds in relationship to God. Ever since joining staff in February 2011, Erin has instilled this love of worship with the teams she leads. She also spends time mentoring and leading young women at theHeart. She is also a part of our Teaching Team​.

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ETHAN HARDIN

Next Generations Director

Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry, theInternship. Ethan stepped into a demanding role when he joined our staff in July 2016. With a passionate love for God and commitment to biblical studies, he continues to develop and lead three vibrant and life-giving initiatives that serve the next generations of our church family. Ethan is also a part of our Teaching Team​.

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MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TEAM

Partnering closely with theHeart Staff, this committed group of volunteer leaders help to oversee, guide, and support the spiritual health and operational vitality of our church family.

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RICHARD CAMPBELL

Treasurer

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MATT DULL

Secretary/Admin Officer

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RAY EDMONDS

MLT Member

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ALEX NSENGIMANA

MLT Member

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AMANDA OPELT

President/Staff Care

Teaching Team

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JOHN PAGE

MLT Member

Teaching Team

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MICHELLE WATERS

MLT Member

 

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