Our journey began in May 2000, when Pastor Darryn Scheske, his wife Loree, and their three young children moved to Fishers, Indiana. Over the next seven months, Darryn spent most of his time meeting community leaders, prayer walking and interviewing residents to learn “What is a Hoosier? and Why do only 2 out of 10 people in our community actually go to church?”
In February 2001, the Scheskes started a Bible study with 18 people in attendance, most of which did not attend church. The group grew to an average of 30 people over the next two months, and in May, 12 people took part in Heartland's first baptism service.That same month, after moving out of the Scheske's home and into the Fishers Holiday Inn, Darryn and this upstart “simple” church signed a lease on the old Elek-Tek Computer store building (our current building) at the corner of I-69 and 96th Street in Indianapolis. A summer of construction resulted in the grand opening of Adventureland Childcare on September 15, 2001, and, despite a torrential downpour, 154 people showing up for the “official” launch of Heartland Church on Sunday, October 14, 2001.
September 2003—First Members Class.
Easter 2004—454 attend worship services.
February 2005—First local Elders affirmed by Heartland members.
Easter 2006—625 attend worship services.
May 2006—Heartland members vote unanimously to purchase 75 acres of land for $1.5 million.
September 2006—Heartland launches its first daughter church, Indy Metro Church in downtown Indianapolis. The vision of Pastor Dan Pride, we sent our Youth Pastor, Aaron Story, his wife Carrie, and over 60 people to form the IMC launch team.
Easter 2007—787 attend worship services.
May 6, 2007—Approximately 900 attend the first-ever ONE LIFE Festival in the front parking lot of the building.
May 19-20, 2007—Heartland members pledge more than $2.7 million dollars to pay off land purchase and renovate our current building, providing more space for worship and kids environments.
Summer 2007—more than 800 regularly attending weekend worship services.
June 2008—Putting a capital campaign on hold, Heartland members working with Fishers Rotary Club commit to provide 100 wells in Sierra Leone, Africa.
October 19, 2008—Grand Opening of a new 1,000 seat auditorium.
October 10, 2010—Launch of the Hamilton Southeastern Campus, making Heartland a multi-site church, reaching even more unchurched people of the Indianapolis area.
October 16, 2011—Heartland celebrates its 10 Year Anniversary. During our Celebration services baptism is offered, with more than 40 individuals responding to the opportunity.
April 8, 2012—Heartland sees nearly 2,000 in attendance for our Easter Services.
October, 2012 —HSE campus moves from cafeteria to theatre breaking record attendance.
December 19, 2012—Heartland staff moves into 10,000 sq. foot annex used as Heartland Central Offices.
January 10, 2013—Heartland worship team produces first music video.
January 13, 2013—New Heartland Purdue campus launched.
February 10, 2013—Heartland reaches 100 small groups in the greater Indianapolis area.
March 2013—Over 1,300 people baptized to date at Heartland Church.
March 31, 2013—New Heartland App launched.