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Our Purpose

Imitating Christ
Meeting needs (Ministry)
Proclaiming the Good News (Evangelism)
Assimilating people into the church (Fellowship)
Celebrating God (Worship)
Teaching the Word of God (Discipleship)

Based on the Great Commandment

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart – soul & mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matt. 22:37-40

Based on the Great Commission

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matt. 28:19-20

Our Beliefs

The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.
Jesus is God showing Himself to us.
Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
Death is a beginning, not the end.
Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.
God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice, and God promises victory over evil to those who choose Him.
Jesus is coming again!
Nothing in creation “just happened.” God made it all.
Heaven and hell are real places.
Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
Read Our Statement of Faith
The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living.
Jesus is God showing Himself to us.
Faith is the only way to grow in our relationship with God.
The church is to serve people like Jesus served people.
Death is a beginning, not the end.
Through His Holy Spirit, God lives in and through us now.
God has allowed evil to provide us with a choice, and God promises victory over evil to those who choose Him.
Jesus is coming again!
Nothing in creation “just happened.” God made it all.
Heaven and hell are real places.
Grace is the only way to have a relationship with God.
Read Our Statement of Faith

Our Values

Our Leadership

STAFF

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Dr. Michael R. Hensley – Senior Pastor


Pastor Mike has been the Senior Pastor of our church since August 4, 2008. Heart of the Springs Church is a very significant place to him–it is here that Mike accepted God’s call into vocational ministry, preached his first sermon, was licensed into the ministry, and where he met and married his wife. Mike and Chrissie have 2 sons, Caleb and Joshua. Having been born and raised in Colorado Springs, Mike has a deep passion for and an understanding of this community. Before moving back home, Mike pastored churches in Texas, New Mexico, and Maine. In addition to serving as our pastor, Mike is also an adjunct professor of Old and New Testament for Liberty University.

Mike has his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University, his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Mike loves Jesus with all of his heart and wants nothing more than to have a positive IMPACT for Him. Mike’s life verse is 1 Timothy 1:15-16 (NIV) “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.”

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Jeff Lackey – Executive Pastor


If you’ve seen those bumper stickers that say “Not a Colorado Native, but I got here as fast as I could,” then you know Jeff Lackey!! ? Jeff and Maria, his better half, have 2 sons and LOVE the outdoors. Jeff is also not just a great guy, but he will help you get connected to each other and your ministry.

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Steve Padilla – Worship Pastor


Steve Padilla is the latest addition to the staff at Heart of the Springs. He is married to multi-talented Sandi, who helps co-lead on Sundays, and they have two college-aged children (Paul and Anna) who live back in their hometown of Sacramento, CA. A recent transplant to Colorado Springs, Steve and Sandi enjoy exploring their new hometown.

Steve started out with a career as a recording engineer eventually ending up working for Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock group Heart at their recording studio in Seattle, WA.  It was here that Steve received the call to become a worship leader.  Leaving the music industry behind he pursued God’s calling on his life which would lead to working as a Worship Pastor and Music Director for Bayside Church in Roseville, CA and touring with CCM artist Lincoln Brewster for 7 years.  Yet God would call him out of that world to focus on spiritual health and recovery.

Today Steve and Sandi write music and record in their home studio and enjoy ministering to the local body of Christ through retreats, Celebrate Recovery, and Heart of the Springs! Steve has been a worship leader, clinician, speaker, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist for 20 years. He is credited with playing keyboards on four of Lincoln Brewster’s CDs.  He has also played keyboards with artist Paul Baloche, Darlene Zschech, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redmond, Kari Jobe, Glenn Packiam, and Sarah Kelly.

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Jill Eich – Director of Student and Assimilation Ministries


Jill began her career in ministry in 2009 but has volunteered in church for as long as she can remember. Having served in other roles within the church she is able to lead not only our students yet also use her experience to gather people and create community through IMPACT groups and church events. She obtained her degree in Biblical Studies from CCU in 2016 and has since continued to pursue a degree in Psychology and Seminary is the next thing on her list of education goals. She has been married to her husband Trevor for 22 years and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. Having grown up right here in Colorado Springs, she actually attended 4th grade right here in our building! Student Ministry is her passion as well as watching communities grow through relationship not only here at HOTs, yet in neighborhoods and coffee shops. She is honored to serve and is humbled that God has called her to ministry.

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Jay Brady – Director of Children’s Ministries


After finally graduating from college, Jay moved to Colorado Springs to work with children and youth at a local church camp. After two decades in camp ministry, Jay’s job changed – but not his commitment to welcoming children in the name of Jesus. Jay is energized by spending time with our kids and by working with the godly team of ministry leaders that God has raised up at HOTS.

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Janet Hallock
Nursery Director

Ivy Bernal
Ministry Assistant

Lisa Warren
Facilities Management

ELDERS

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Mike Hensley

Doug Bray

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Bucky Smith

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Jim Whittington

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Bob Leedom