Staff Directory

Ed Wright, Lead Pastor

My wonderful wife, Helen and I are blessed with two adult sons, Wes (married to Robyn) and Brent. In the role of Lead Pastor, I get to wear many hats including preaching, counseling, staff admin needs, small groups, and more!  It’s a privilege to be a part of the Heartland family and together grow in our love for our Savior, for each other, and for our community.  John 13:34-35

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Matt Holderby, Executive Pastor

My wife and best friend, Becky and I have four children, Kyrsten, Matthew, Garrett and Gabriel. Yes, we have a FULL house, “busy, busy, busy!” As Worship Pastor I have the awesome privilege and responsibility to lead people to sing praises to God!

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John Holderby, Associate Pastor (Preaching & Small Groups)

My wife and best friend, Lisa and I have two kids, Max and Skye.  We have two dogs, a Swiss Mountain dog, Beast, and a White German Shepherd, Theo. I have lived in Normal all my life and my wife Lisa was raised outside of Quincy Ill.  Lisa is a RN at Advocate Bromen where she was a cardiac nurse for twenty years and now works for Homecare and Hospice, on call on the weekends.  We have called Heartland home for six years and are so excited to continue to serve in this larger role.

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Marcelle Ploense, Children’s Ministries Director

My wonderful husband Gig and I are blessed with three adult children: Caleb (married to Kyli), Jacob, and Hannah. As KidCo Director I get to hang out with the kids. I also love to be a part of the adult worship time.

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Liz Ritter, Office Manager

I have lived in the Bloomington-Normal area for many years, growing up in the body of Christ and surrounded by ministry. I am blessed to have been a partner at Heartland for a few years now, and I love serving and supporting worship as part of the Tech Team. As office manager I assist the pastoral staff by handling administrative duties.

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Melissa Bliven, Little KidCo

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