Get to know the Pastors and staff at Heartland

Lead Pastor - Ethan Zaun

Ethan and his wife Emma 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.



Executive Pastor - Jennifer Shillinger

Jennifer started with Heartland November 1, 2021 as the Executive Pastor. In her role she oversees the staff, Ministry Leadership Team, and the operations of the church. Jennifer also facilitates Scripture Circle studies and is working on the Heartland Mentorship Program. Jennifer is passionate about experience based learning, building honoring communities, mentorship, and supporting people in becoming their best God created selves. 



Connection Pastors - Kevin & Sarah Zaun

Kevin and his wife Sarah (on the left) 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!



Administrative 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 and 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.



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 along side her husband Matt as she feels God's calling into youth ministry.



Kid's Director - Andrew Heller

Andrew came on staff part-time in 2021. Andrew is one of the Children's directors and oversees the 1st-5th grade kids ministry of Heartland. Andrew is passionate to love kids like Christ and teach them about Jesus, salvation, and developing a life foundation built on the Word of God.



Kid's Director - Leah Schoepp



Ministry Leadership Team

The Ministry Leadership Team exists to move forward the vision and mission of Heartland Community Church.

Jeff Sauer, Lead Deacon

Holly Orth, Social Media

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

Church Board

Jeff Sauer

Joel Bell

Tom Bon

Bob Norwig