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.

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Introducing Quinby Collier

I would like to introduce you to Quinby Collier. Quinby has been at Heartland as Associate Pastor – Pastoral Care since 2011. Quinby’s ministerial duties include marriage counseling, premarital counseling, teaching, hospital visitations and counseling. In addition to all of that, he is in charge of the Maintenance Team which takes care of the physical aspect of Heartland’s facilities. In his spare time, Quinby enjoys golfing. He and his wife, Sandra, are also avid yard and rummage sale patrons.

Quinby grew up in Hampton, Virginia. He has been married to Sandra, the love of his life, for more than 56 years. Together they have three children who have all been married for more than 30 years. They have eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with another due later this year.

Quinby worked in construction and was an electrical technician for NASA before going to Bible school in upstate New York. He served as associate pastor in Orlando, Florida and in Hawaii. He worked for Christian Broadcasting Network in Charlotte, North Carolina and was on staff at Teen Challenge in Omaha, Colfax and Chattanooga.

Quinby’s core values show through his life in his relationship with God and with people. Those values are consistency, integrity, and what Jesus calls the greatest commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart with all of your soul and with all of your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” He feels that God’s love is the key to everything. Quinby says, “To experience His love makes me want to love.”

When Quinby was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999, he felt like God had dropped a phone booth over him and enveloped him in peace. That peace lasted through seeing the doctor, having surgery and recovery. Because of this, he did not develop fear of cancer and has been able to compassionately minister to people who are going through cancer treatments themselves. Quinby has been cancer-free since the surgery.

Quinby can seldom be found in his office during the week. He is most likely in his workroom repairing something or he is visiting someone in need of ministry. Regardless of how busy Quinby is, he will always greet you with a big smile and genuine happiness. He is a true blessing to Heartland.

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Introducing Jon Downs

I’d like you to meet Jon Downs, Heartland’s Pastor of Student Ministries.  You may be wondering, “What does that mean?” It means he is the spiritual overseer of everyone from infants to high school seniors. He works alongside parents to equip kids to live and function in the Kingdom of God. As if that weren’t enough, he also runs the Safety and Security Team. However, on a day-to-day basis at the church office, he does, “whatever Laura tells me to do.”

Jon grew up in the northern Polk county area. He attended Heartland as a child and was blessed to have Barb McAfee as his Sunday school teacher. Jon graduated from Woodward-Granger High School before meeting and marrying his wife of 28 years, Tara. Together they have six kids ranging in age from 28 to 8, a beautiful daughter-in-law and an amazing grandson. In his spare time, Jon is a passionate bow hunter and also enjoys shooting sports.

Jon served in the Air Force as a firefighter at the Airforce Academy in Colorado Springs. He has worked in the security field in various positions from uniformed security to loss prevention to security manager at a casino. He was on the way to becoming a police officer when he was called into full time ministry. He joined the staff at Heartland in August of 2001.

Jon’s favorite scriptural passages include portions of Jeremiah which have been pivotal in his walk with the Lord and Malachi 3:10. Identity and tithing are essential elements of his life and ministry. In discussing his relationship with God, Jon says there truly are parallels between it and his relationship with his wife and kids. So if he is pursuing God in a certain way, he should also be pursuing his wife and children in the same way.

Jon’s happy, playful nature acts as a magnet with children who are drawn to him. Not just those who consider him their pastor-friend at Heartland, but also kids who encounter him at the grocery store or at his children’s school. He is a natural actor as well, and his is the voice you hear at the beginning of Heartland’s podcasts and CDs.

Jon will be posting a blog each month here at If you have any questions for Jon, please comment below.

Introducing Christopher Olson

Heartland’s Senior Associate Pastor is Christopher Olson. He has been leading worship at Heartland since 2004, writing many of the songs we sing each week. He also provides oversight to the Ministry Department which includes the Ministry Team, Freedom Ministries and Sozo as well other forms of prayer ministry and counseling.

Christopher grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa where he worked at Walmart, Hardee’s and for his dad’s construction company. He has also lived in Duluth, Minnesota, Burt, Batavia and Colfax, Iowa as well as Chattanooga, Tennessee and, for a short time, in Argentina.

 Christopher and his wife, Beth, have been married for 18 years. He describes Beth as his amazing, Proverbs 31 wife and says that everything good in his life is attributable to her. They have three sons, Judah who plays on the worship team and is part of the audio team, Levi who is into politics and Elijah who is outgoing and loves to joke around. Their daughter, Zoe, likes animals and had her first book published when she was 10. Their family also includes Shack, the best dog they’ve ever had. During his free time Christopher enjoys reading, going for walks, hanging out with Beth, relaxing with his family and watching some sports.

Essential to Christopher’s life are the presence of God and the love of God. He feels we are incomplete without either of them. In his words, “I want to glorify God. One of the key ways I am designed to bring Him glory is by living in His presence and releasing it to others.” And he does both of these very well.

The book of Romans is Christopher’s favorite. He says it is the most theological book. He explains, “Romans provides a big picture theological view while dealing with the details of daily life.” Turning our attention to God (one of Christopher’s favorite things to do), the attribute of the Lord’s that is most appealing to Christopher is love because, “without that aspect, some of God’s other qualities like His justice and His holiness would crush me. All of his attributes function together simultaneously.”

During a hard time in the past, God gave Christopher a bigger, better perspective. He now can say, “Whether circumstances change or not, seeing from God’s perspective exposes truth in the difficulty and truth sets you free.”

Christopher has released two albums, Roar of Worship and Reputation. He plays guitar and piano in addition to singing. He also has a talent for languages, being fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. He travels internationally speaking on the love of God and our identity in Christ.

Christopher will be sharing monthly here at If you have any questions for him, please comment below.

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.

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