Faculty

NATHAN MAYES

Nathan is a graduate of Heartland Christian College and holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with a cognate in Church History from Liberty Theological Seminary. As a longtime resident of Heartland, Nathan is passionate to see young people grow in God and become secure in their identity in Him. These qualities provide a strong foundation as Nathan leads the church youth group and works as a full-time instructor at HCC.

JAMES PALMER

Jim is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. After many years of pastoring churches, he now makes his home at Heartland where he teaches in the Bible College. Jim’s love for young people is evident as he eagerly pours into those coming behind, including his own children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

DARIN RIHANEK

Darin is a graduate of Northeast Missouri Bible College and holds a Master of Arts in Religion; Worship Studies degree from Liberty Theological Seminary. He has served in the Residential Living department of the school for several years and is a full-time instructor. Along with discipling young people, Darin has a strong desire to help strengthen churches through the development of worship teams.

MAURICIO TORO

Mauricio holds a Masters in Business Administration from Quincy University and teaches Consumer Math at Heartland Christian College. His desire is to ignite a passion in students to honor and glorify God with every part of one’s life. As a native of Colombia, South America, Mauricio brings a love for the nations to the HCC campus.

JEREMY PINGEL

Jeremy is a graduate of Northeast Missouri Bible College and holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. Jeremy serves as an elder in his local church and enjoys teaching biblical truths that lay a foundation for developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.

MARY GUSTIN

A graduate of Northeast Missouri Bible College, Mary holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Mary has a strong desire to train students to work with excellence, and her passion is to see students develop strong gifts of communication that will affect the world in which they live.

Staff

MIKE CRIDLEBAUGH

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and he serves as the HCC Administrative Aide. Mike has a passion for learning and for Bible study which serves the college well. Mike and his wife, Sarah, currently serve as dorm parents in the Legacy building.

JUDI BARTON

Judi serves as the HCC Enrollment Management Officer. Her passion for hospitality is a great asset for welcoming students into the college. Judi has worked in administrative positions for over 7 years, and has more than 10 years of experience in discipleship ministry.

JENNIE MAYES

Jennie graduated from Nations Harvest Bible College and received a Master Certificate in Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training from Berklee College of Music. Jennie serves in the HCC Office as the Administrative Assistant and Financial Aid Officer. She and her husband are actively involved in the Heartland Community Church in a variety of areas.

MOLLY NICKERSON

Molly is the Heartland Christian College librarian. She holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. Her desire is to see young people discipled and raised up with a passion for Jesus.

ANNA SWARTZENTRUBER

Anna is the Heartland Christian College Residential Director for the girls’ home. Her love for God’s word and for the historical context of the Bible are a real asset to the College. She also leads the Scribbles & Scribes graphics design department at Heartland.