ACT

Introducing Bob Phillips

I’m honored to introduce you to Bob Phillips. Bob joined the staff at Heartland in March of this year as Teaching Pastor, which means he heads up the Academy for Cultural Transformation (ACT) and he occasionally will teach at Heartland, either in a Wednesday night class or on a Sunday morning. Bob is an avid reader, as befits a teacher, but he also enjoys sports and shooting.

Bob is married to Sherry, who he describes as a wonderful person and phenomenal caregiver. She has proven this to be true over the last six months due to Bob’s health issues including a fall which broke his rib. Bob and Sherry have a daughter, Nicole, who is an attorney in Houston and a son, Andrew, who has his own business in San Diego. They are a tight-knit family and Bob adores them all.

Bob grew up in Kentucky and Indiana and moved around quite a bit due to his father’s work. Bob returned to Kentucky to attend Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. He spent one year playing professional football for the Atlanta Falcons as a running back and he also played on Special Teams. After that, Bob started in business for himself working in estate planning before he was called into ministry.

He first pastored in Kentucky, then moved to the Dallas/Ft Worth area which was the base from which he traveled as a speaker. He moved to New York City to pastor Times Square Church with David Wilkerson for 15 years, then to Wyoming where he planted a church. From Wyoming Bob moved to Pensacola, Florida where he worked as Chairman of the Board for the Brownsville School of Revival and was on the general staff of the revival. After that, he moved to Houston to pastor Encourager Church and finally here to Heartland and ACT.

Bob’s favorite book of the Bible is Luke. He likes the stories Luke writes, the way he brings out the miracles and how he presents the life of Christ. He also likes the sequel to Luke, the book of Acts as well as the book of Ephesians.

Of all of the Lord’s attributes, the one which is the most appealing to Bob is His goodness. Because if He loves without goodness, it is less than ideal love. The basis of our relationship with God is, He promises to be God to us, which is another way of saying, “I will be good to you, always.” See 1 Peter 2:4-5; 2:9 and Jeremiah 31:31 and 31:33.

This attribute was helpful when Bob went through a hard time in the past. It happened when he least expected it and Bob depended on God entirely in order to walk in forgiveness. He knew forgiveness was very, very important, but it was a struggle. He is happy to say that he has now totally forgiven those involved and the Lord took Bob from there to his most enjoyable place of ministry.

Bob’s strengths have varied over the years, but teaching the Word of God has always been the foundation for ministry for him. He also enjoys counseling and interacting with people.

Bob has been a blessing to us in his short time here. He is full of wisdom and knowledge and is exceptionally kind. If you haven’t met Bob yet, please come introduce yourself on a Sunday morning. Both he and Sherry want to get to know you and their entire Heartland family.

Bob will be blogging monthly here at heartlandchurchonline.com. If you have any questions for Bob, please comment below. If you would like to receive Bob’s blog posts in your email, use the button to subscribe.

Introducing Dave Olson

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Dave Olson, Senior Pastor of Heartland Church since 2002.

Around the Heartland offices during the week, Dave is the same man as you see on Sundays. He is upbeat and cheerful and has a friendly word for everyone he meets. Intentionally or not, he sets the tone for the staff and that tone is positive and fun with a lot of laughter and jokes in between the serious work of ministry.  In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family and watching car shows.

Dave was born in Duluth, Minnesota and lived there until age 12 when his father became pastor of a church in small town Burt, Iowa. After two years the family moved to Batavia, another small town in southern Iowa. It was while living in southern Iowa that Dave became involved in the drug culture, eventually ending up homeless and addicted to alcohol. At 18, he had a powerful encounter with Jesus which resulted in his moving to Des Moines to enter Teen Challenge. Dave met his wife, Kathy, at Jimmy Swaggart Bible School and they have been married for more than 27 years. Dave and Kathy have had seven children; Evan, Elisa, Tyler and Caitlin are adults; Noah is a teenager and Nathaniel is the youngest. Elisa had a twin brother, Alex, who passed away at age four from complications most likely connected to his cerebral palsy.

As Senior Pastor, Dave is responsible for setting the vision for Heartland and its daughter organizations which include BTTN (Breakthrough To The Nations), the Heartland Alliance, KHOP (Kingdom House of Prayer) and ACT (Academy for Cultural Transformation). The spiritual oversight of these organizations, including the teaching that comes out of those houses, is Dave’s duty as well. In his words, “I am responsible before God to guard what we bring in and what we send out.”

Dave has been through some extremely hard times in his life, but he says that God has always met him there. He feels that God reveals Himself as the answer to our need.  He believes those who stay the course in the trial receive a greater revelation of the nature of God. He states, “I would have never known God like I do had I not gone through what I went through. It has been worth it all.”

Not by coincidence, Dave says that the attribute of the Lord which is most appealing to him is His goodness. He believes this is the foundation of all His other attributes. “If He is all powerful and all knowing, but isn’t good, we are in trouble.”

Dave believes he is called to three primary things:

  1. God has called him to be a man of revelation. Which means, “I am called to mine out truth for the body of Christ.”
  2. He is called to communication. “One of my primary callings is to preach and teach the word of God in a way others can understand.”
  3.  Inspiration is his third calling. “I am called to provoke and inspire others to give their all to see His purposes realized in their lives.”

Some of his congregation may add a fourth calling: rhyming phrases, but that is just silly.

Dave teaches at the Academy for Cultural Transformation and is a popular speaker, traveling internationally to spread the Good News that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

Dave will be sharing monthly here at heartlandchurchonline.com. If you have any questions for him, please comment below. If you would like to receive Dave’s blog posts by email, click the link to subscribe.