Heartland Staff Team

Lead Pastor
Dave AmbroseLead Pastor

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

I LOVE nicknames! I’ve been called Moose (when I stepped on a friends foot in 6th grade), Preacher and Rev. But most of the time, Dave works just fine.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Eternally Optimistic Team Motivator

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

Acts 20:24 is my life verse. I love Paul’s heart and desire to share God’s grace with people.

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I love to hike and help serve in any way I can.

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Oatmeal with brown sugar. Actually, I love most anything with brown sugar!

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Visit Ireland, Cleveland Browns Super Bowl Parade, Tour Israel

Executive Director of Operations
Nicole WeidokalExecutive Director of Operations

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

No nicknames. My mom sent me to kindergarten with strict instructions, ‘If anyone tries to call you Nikki, you tell them that your name is Nicole.’ That explains a lot, really.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Passionate lover of all things MISSIONS who is so THANKFUL and EXCITED that she gets to do all things MISSIONS, serving with all the AMAZING people who also love all the missional things!

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

I love how this verse captures both the strength of God as a warrior as well as the nurturing God, who sings over me. I’m learning to hold the tension of both of those images.

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

CrossFit with my husband in the wee hours of the morning, followed by coffee and great conversation!

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Bacon and eggs

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over. Duh.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

– Experience Hawaii
– Grand-kids!

Heartland Williams Campus Pastor
Drew SteinhartHeartland Williams Campus Pastor

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

While there are still a few people who call me Andrew, I prefer to be called Drew (the name I officially adopted on the first day of school in 9th grade). I never go by Andy.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Campus Pastor at Heartland Williams + Friend of Family Ministry Staff + Official Geese Prevention Specialist + Medina County Fair Parking Emeritus.

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

I’m not sure I truly have a “favorite verse”. One of my favorite passages is John 15:1-17, where Jesus describe himself as a vine and His followers as branches. I love the picture this passage paints of what it looks like to abide in Christ, to stay connected to Him daily, and the way God brings about fruitfulness through obedient lives centered in a loving relationship with God.

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I love to play basketball, disc golf, spike ball, tennis, and several other sports. I especially enjoy coaching, serving, or mentoring students through relationships created by sports. I love to learn and frequently read about topics related to American and world history, sports, and life with Jesus. I also am passionate about caring for the birds who choose to make frequent stops in my front and backyard.

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

My favorite cereal is undoubtedly Reese’s Puffs, but since I want to live long and prosper my standard cereal has become Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over. That being said, I’m not passionate about this enough to change the direction when someone else has hung it the opposite way.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

I’m not the biggest dreamer in the world, and I certainly don’t have a bucket list. Three things I’m always in pursuit of are the perfect cup of coffee, a hole in one in disc golf, and growth in the process of becoming a more loving husband.

Executive Events Director
Carissa SteinhartExecutive Events Director

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Just Carissa, unless you are under 6 years of age; then you can call me Miss Riss.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Party Planner & Doer of “All the Things”

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

1 John 4:18 is engraved into my wedding ring – “There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear.”

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I love meeting with high school and college-aged ladies, working out at Orangetheory Fitness, and doing DIY projects!

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Lucky Charms. My dad works for Kellogg’s so General Mills was forbidden in our house – as an adult, I’m now making up for lost time.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over, always.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

– Run a full marathon
– Travel to all 50 states
– If we’re including big dreams, I’ve always wanted to start my own nonprofit!
Creative Arts Director
Tony AllenCreative Arts Director

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Tony or mate is fine.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

I help volunteers use their gifts and passions in the creative arts to lead others in worship of God. I want God’s beauty and goodness to be reflected in everything we do.

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

Music is my big passion project. I write, record and produce music in my basement.
5.) What is your favorite cereal?

It’s gotta be Fruit Loops.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over – I’m not a lunatic.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

I’d love to have kids, go to Europe and visit Israel. Maybe not all in the same year.

Communications Director
Brian AlonzoCommunications Director

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Brian, B, B-Diddy, The Notorious B.R.I,  The Brian Ray Alonzo Experience, Son, Dad, and Stacy’s Husband.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Communicate all of the things to all of the people.

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

Galatians 5:13-14 – “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

Supporting global missionaries, foster care for local children and spending too much money on guitars.

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Fruity Pebbles.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Under. Also, any bathroom with a bidet is the place for me.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

– Take a nap

– Build an old school video arcade console

– Watch a game at all Major League Baseball stadiums

Connections Director
Clinton NeptuneConnections Director

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Clint, Big C

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

I help people find community and live out our Find, Follow, Share mission.

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

John 17:3 – Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I am passionate about the subject of philosophy and the spiritual transformation it can invite when done well. I enjoy contributing to the field academically and sharing the fruits of my study through talks and podcasts. Ask me about it sometime!

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Steak and Eggs. Cereal is a weak breakfast.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over is easier to tear off, Under gives you a bit more space – I have chosen the perk of Over.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Publish a book. Travel to Athens and Israel. Rank up to Master in Chess.

Worship Arts Director
Phil LahueWorship Arts Director

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

I’ve discovered that people in my life are split 50/50 across the Phil/Phillip divide which works out well, because I enjoy being called both equally.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Grabber of items on upper shelves, and Worshiper!

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

I love this verse because Jesus really brings it home here for me as a disciple and it serves as my litmus test for how I’m doing. Jesus delivers the big picture three times, knowing already that I would need a certain level of simplicity and repetition if I am to follow him in showing God’s love to those around me.

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I am also a mental health counselor and am passionate about promoting positive mental health. In my free time I play guitar, voraciously consume music, spend way too much time looking at guitars and gear, and spend time with my wife on our old dairy farm. I also volunteer for a week every summer at The American Legion Buckeye Boys State as a counselor.

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Though Emily (My wife) makes fun of me for it, (lovingly of course,) I enjoy “old man” cereal, particularly Frosted Mini Wheats.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over, but if it’s flipped the other way, it’s a good time to be thankful that I have thumbs and can adapt!

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Raise a family with my amazing wife; Record an album of original songs; and go backpacking in Yosemite.

High School Pastor
Ryan OttoHigh School Pastor

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Ry

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

High School Pastor who inspires, encourages, and believes in high school kids and all others.

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

Joshua 1:9

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I love to work with kids and go on mission trips. I also love football and ultimate frisbee and pretty much all sports, love to go on bike rides with my wife, hang out with friends and family, and love to travel on road trips.

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Apple Jacks

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

Over

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

– to be blessed to create a secret passage way in my house one day

– to be blessed to be a Dad to kids and a yellow lab

– to be blessed to own my all time dream car – a white Jeep Wrangler sport edition.

Interim Student Ministry Director
DJ PesataInterim Student Ministry Director

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

My full name is Daniel Joseph, but everyone has always called me DJ. Although when I met my wife, I told her my real name was Don Juan, and she believed me for the first 6 months of us dating.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Middle-aged Middle Schooler

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

Exodus 14:14: The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

I have six kids, so most of my passion projects involve them. I love to watch and cheer them on in sports or activities they are involved in. We also love family game night, bike riding, swimming, ice cream- anything together!

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Reese’s puffs

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

It depends on the day and who put the roll-on. I am just happy when there is toilet paper in there!

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

  • Win the Anniversary dance at a wedding
  • Visit Israel and float in the Dead Sea
  • Eat all 31 Baskin Robbins flavors
Kids Community Director - Heartland Williams
Jenn CarterKids Community Director - Heartland Williams

1.) What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Most people call me Jenn but my mom calls me Jenny Penny.

2.) If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Frequent target shopper of all things play-doh, stickers and slime! Giver of snacks, KC team member, hallway monitor, diaper changer, tambourine extraordinaire, professional paper cutter…really it just changes by the minute.

3.) What is your favorite verse from The Bible?

There are so many but I love Phil 4:7 and Romans 15:13.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 5:13
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4.) What volunteering or passion projects do you do outside of work?

Math helper at my kiddos elementary school. Horse back riding and baking pies.

5.) What is your favorite cereal?

Frosted Mini Wheats but honey nut cheerios are a close second.

6.) Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

When I hang it – over for sure. When any one of my 5 kiddos put a new roll on, your guess is as good as mine. But I choose to be grateful that they installed a new roll.

7.) What are three things still left on your bucket list?

-scuba diving in a underwater cave.
-RV road trip out west (we will need a big one to fit all 7 of us).
-Vacation tour to some of the amazing places in Europe.

Kids Community Elementary Coordin