PASTORS & STAFF

Get to know the Pastors and staff at Heartland

Lead Pastor Ethan Zaun

Ethan and his wife Emma (on the right) have been on staff since 2012, coming on part-time initially and moving into full-time in October 2017. Ethan transitioned into Lead Pastor in December of 2020. Ethan and Emma are passionate about discipleship and seeing leaders grow.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Connection Pastor Kevin Zaun

Kevin and his wife Sarah (on the right) came to Fargo in 2003 after they felt God calling them to plant Heartland Community Church. They came with their four children with a dream to start this ministry. They dreamed of a church that people could call home. A place where people could feel like they're part of a "family." Heartland is a place to be loved and accepted no matter what you have done or where you have been. 


They are open about how they have overcome some of their own struggles, and share how Christ has healed them throughout their lives. They love chatting with new people over a nice cup of coffee! Sarah is also the nurse here at Heartland.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Admin Pastor Lora Schoepp

Lora came on staff in 2010 as the church secretary and felt a call on her life to become a Pastor. Reaching this goal in 2016 she became the Administrative Pastor.

Lora is married to Al (on the left). Together they have eight wonderful children. Lora loves to study the Bible and talk about it. She has a passion for people growing in their walk with the Lord. If you have anything you'd like to discuss, don't hesitate to reach out to her!

 
 
 

 
 
 

Arts Pastor Cody Qualley

Cody came on staff full-time in March 2019. Cody is the Worship Administrator and oversees the creative direction of Heartland. Cody is passionate about helping people find and use their creative gifts. Cody and Ilsa (on the right) also assist Kaity with the Youth ministry.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Youth Director Kaity Johnson

Kaity came on staff part-time on September 1, 2019. She has been a leader in the Heartland Youth for many years and continues to serve as she feels God's calling into youth ministry.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Children's Pastor Noelle Vernoy

Noelle came on staff in June 2020. Noelle is passionate about children's ministry! Pastor David (on the left) and Noelle also lead the non-profit organization Redemption Road.

 
 
 

 
 
 

Servant Leadership Team (Deacons)

The servant leadership team exists to move forward the vision and mission of Heartland Community Church.


Jeff Sauer, Lead Deacon

Jennifer Schilinger, Prayer Ministry

Al Schoepp, Building & Grounds

Hannah Schoepp, Hospitality

Caleb Zander, Young Adults

Sky Purdin, Missions

Shawn Zander, Men's Ministry

Chris Samuels, "Blessing Bucks" + Audio/Visual Team Lead

Pastoral Leadership Team

Jeff Sauer

Joel Bell

Tom Bon

Bob Norwig