God Stories...

Jesus meets a girl in a strip club

I love Street Ministry.  I love helping the hurting, the helpless, the hopeless.  I love seeing God at work in their lives, trying to get more into their hands today, just where they are.  It was a rainy night. Dreary actually.  And cold.  It’s easy to focus on those things and miss God in each… Read more »

Julie Shepard

When I was thinking about my upcoming baptism, I couldn’t help but remember the very first time that I ever attended Heartland Vineyard Church.  It was the beginning of March about three years ago.  At that point in my life I was residing in The Waterloo Women’s Center for Change.  I rode on one of… Read more »

Stories from our Thanksgiving Outreach

Story 1: For those of us present, we thought God was leading us through Lawrence. We gathered in the parking lot of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and a few small groups joined our small group and set out to be Jesus’s emissaries in the local community. We felt led to head down a particular… Read more »

Street Ministry

Our Street Ministry teams venture into areas of the Cedar Valley to reach the lost, the broken, and the hungry to minister the love of Jesus. Experience God’s presence as we pray for people while we walk different neighborhoods in our community.


My name is Jodi, I am a believer in Jesus Christ who has struggled with addiction, depression and co-dependency. This is my story… I grew up in Waterloo, oldest of 4 and our family went to church every Sunday. The only thing I learned from that was how fighting after church was the typical Sunday… Read more »

Small Groups

We believe that relationally-driven, biblically-rooted, missionally minded, spirit-led small groups are where we can truly disciple and be discipled. We don’t want to just be a church that has small groups; we want to be a church of small groups.


Mark built one of the largest beach recreation businesses in the world. He lost over 2 million dollars but received his salvation during this season of great trial. Hear Mark’s story and his challenge to all of us to trust God with our finances.


Last Sunday afternoon a group of SOS students met with fellow believers from Oelwein to do Street Ministry. We split up into groups of three and four to go out and pray and give away food for those who needed it. I teamed up with 3 Jr. /Sr. High students, Emma, Maddie, and Jamie who… Read more »


I was on the ministry team last weekend during the 11 o’clock service. After the message was done, I was standing up in the front waiting for people to come and receive prayer. All of a sudden, I see three wonderful ladies walking my way, and I noticed one of the ladies was limping. They… Read more »

The story and vision of HVC

Check out this video to catch a glimpse of what God has been doing over the past 25 years through Heartland Vineyard Church and what we see Him leading us towards in the future.