Heartland Community Church exists to serve the spiritual needs of the people in the Clinton area.
To Fulfill Our Purpose:
We provide a comfortable atmosphere of acceptance for everyone and meet needs as we are able.
We invite people to establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We provide opportunities for Christ-centered worship and Biblical learning.
We help people develop their God-given abilities to serve Christ.
We develop leaders who follow the example of Christ in character, service and outreach.
The Bible is God's inspired word. It is authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
There is only one true God, the creator of everything that exists. God eternally exists as three-in-one: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Adam and Eve, the first human beings, were created in the image of God to fellowship with God and give Him glory. Sadly, Adam and Eve chose their own independent way and disobeyed god. All of creation has been affected by this "fall of man." Every person ever born has also resisted God's will, and for this sin, deserves God's judgement.
Jesus Christ is the Lord, God given in the form of human flesh, born of the virgin Mary. Jesus was totally sinless in His life so that He could die as a substitute for us sinners. He arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. He will return for those who have accepted His free gift of salvation.
Why We Believe the Bible Can be Trusted
Below are a few of many reasons why we believe the Bible’s own claim to be God’s word can be trusted.
IT’S HONESTY. The Bible is painfully honest. It portrays people and the human situation as it is. Even the greatest persons are shown ‘warts and all.’ only as Israel’s most loved king, general, and spiritual leader, but as one who took another man’s wife and then, to cover his own sin, conspired to have her husband killed. At one point, the Scriptures accuse the people of God, the nation of Israel, as being so bad they made Sodom and Gomorrah look good by comparison (Ezekiel 16:46-52). The Bible represents human nature as hostile to God. It predicts a future full of trouble. It teaches that the road to heaven is narrow and the way to hell is wide. The Bible was clearly not written for those who want simple answers or an easy, optimistic view of religion and human nature.
IT’S UNITY. Forty different authors writing over a period of 1,600 years penned the 66 books of the Bible. Four hundred silent years separated the 39 books of the Old Testament from the 27 of the New Testament. Yet, from Genesis to Revelation, they tell one unfolding story. Together they give consistent answers to the most important questions we can ask: Why are we here? How can we come to terms with our fears? How can we get along? How can we rise above our circumstances and keep hope alive? How can we make peace with our Maker? The Bible’s consistent answers to these questions show that the Scriptures are not many books but one
IT’S MIRACLES. Israel’s exodus from Egypt provided a historical basis for believing that God revealed Himself to Israel. If the Red Sea did not part as Moses said it did, the Old Testament loses its authority to speak in behalf of God. The New Testament is just as dependent upon miracles. If Jesus did not rise bodily from the dead, the apostle Paul admits that the Christian faith is built on a lie (1 Corinthians 15:14-17). To show its credibility, the New Testament named its witnesses, and did so within a time-frame that enabled those claims to be tested (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). Many of the witnesses ended up as martyrs, not for abstract moral or spiritual convictions but for their claim that Jesus had risen from the dead. While martyrdom is not unusual, the basis on which these people gave their lives is what’s important. Many have died for what they believed to be the truth. But people do not die for what they know to be a lie.
IT’S PROPHETIC ACCURACY. From the days of Moses, the Bible predicted events no one wanted to believe. Before Israel went into the Promised Land, Moses predicted that Israel would be unfaithful, that she would lose the land God was giving her, and that she would be dispersed throughout all the world, re-gathered, and then re-established (Deuteronomy 28–31). Central to Old Testament prophecy was the promise of a Messiah who would save God’s people from their sins and eventually bring judgment and peace to the whole world.Over twenty detailed Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in the live, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
For more reasons why the Bible can be trusted, click https://discoveryseries.org/topics/?cat=ten-reasons-to-believe
In 1997, about a dozen people from the Clinton area attending Huron Chapel in Auburn, began weekly prayers meetings to seek God's direction about starting a new church in Clinton, Ontario. Hearts were stirred and minds met, and the following year this group rented space in the Wesley Willis United Church building. There was no regular minister. A few of their own number and different persons from the area preached and taught the scriptures each week. Eventually Pastor LaRoyd Bender (from Granton, Ontario) was hired. As he spent many hours preaching and visiting, the congregation grew to about 30 or 40 worshippers.
Worship services were held each Sunday evening, then shifted to 9am beginning Easter Sunday, April 4th of 1999. It was always a challenge to vacate the building in time for the second service in the morning.
After 4 years, Pastor Bender moved on and again our little church carried on for almost 3 years with "casual" ministers - Reverend Virgil Gingerich, Reverend Edward Chester, Reverend Jim Carne and Reverend Dave Wood - to name a few. It was a difficult time, but the Good Shepherd (Jesus) was always with us, and we persevered.
Then with little funds and lots of faith, Pastor Dan Steadman (from Maxwell, Ontario) was called late in 2006 to be pastor, part-time. He and his wife Linda moved to Clinton and poured their energies and hearts into pastoral work, music and vacation Bible schools for children in the summer.
After renting space for 12 years, the Wesley Willis building came up for sale. So once again with little funds and lots of faith, the building was purchased and dedicated to the glory of God. You can read the dedicatory prayer posted in the church to this day.
Tragedy turned to opportunity in January 2010 when a fire destroyed a building in town that housed a food bank and some apartments. Immediately, Heartland Church opened its doors to help the firemen and some of the people affected. Beginning 3 years to the day after the church building was purchased, Heartland Community Church supplied meals, clothing, blankets, etc. for 3 days.
With the foodbank gone and people in need, we believed god directed us to continue providing a hot meal 2 days a week for anyone who wanted it. This outreach ministry was named "Soup and More." The Soup is for the body; the More is Christ's love and teachings for the soul. Starting of with 10-15 people, it grew to 50-60 people. We now have a "congregation" that meets in the dining room 2 days a week. All are welcome and we hope our guests will come to believe as we do in Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and worship with us each Sunday. The donations of both money and food for Soup and More are nothing short of miraculous to the present day.
Pastor Steadman retired in 2012 and was succeeded to following year by Pastor Charles Gingerich from Zurich, Ontario. Pastor Charles retired from Heartland on June 30, 2019. On September 1, 2019, Pastor Gary Landers became our new Pastor.
Heartland Community Church is a part of the Evangelical Missionary Churches of Canada.