Ministry Staff


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.”


Steve Padilla – Worship Pastor

Steve Padilla joined the staff at Heart of the Springs in 2018. He is married to multi-talented Sandi, who helps co-lead on Sundays, and they have two college-aged children – Paul, who lives here in the Springs studying computer IT/repair, and Anna who lives back in their hometown of Sacramento, CA.

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 lead him 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.  With the kids grown up and out of the house he began to pray about were God might want him to go next and answered the call to come to Colorado Springs!

Today Steve and Sandi write music and records in their home studio and enjoys 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 over 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.


Dustin Fisher – Youth & Connections Pastor

Dustin joined the HOTS team in Aug 2021.  Dustin was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Widefield High School in 2002. He then went to Ozark Christian College and received his Bachelor's of Christian Ministry with an emphasis in youth ministry in 2006. While at Ozark he met his now now wife, Morgan. After dating for a couple years they were married in May 2005.  They have served together in church ministry for the majority of that time in south Colorado Springs. They have 2 boys; Peyton & Cole. They love to spend time together outside in God's creation hiking, skiing and hammocking.  Dustin also loves Chick-fil-a and Dutch Bros.
Dustin has a heart for people (especially young people) to have an authentic and life transforming relationship with Jesus. He has served in student ministry roles as volunteer, part-time, and full time since Sept. 2002.  He loves to meet new people and empower and equip them to serve Jesus.

Kelly Bennett – IMPACTkids Ministry Director

Kelly Bennett is our new IMPACTkids Ministry Director as of June 2023. Kelly was raised in Winona Lake, Indiana, and graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Elementary Education. After moving to Colorado Springs, Kelly worked at the Classical Academy for seven years, teaching both 3rd and 6th grade. In September 2021, Kelly married her husband Daniel, and they are expecting their first child in late October of 2023! Daniel, also an Indiana native, works as a physical therapist at Quality Rehab. In their free time, Kelly and Daniel enjoy skiing, mountain biking, camping, and going on dates to Olive Garden.

Kelly and Daniel started attending HOTS church in the spring of 2022 and were both drawn to the church’s intentional community and desire to follow Jesus. Kelly loves to share the love of Jesus with children and is excited for the opportunity to do this through Heart of the Springs. She can’t think of a better job than one spent encouraging children to live their lives fully for Christ and gain a deeper understanding of his extraordinary love for them.

Janet Hallock

Nursery Director

Lisa Warren

Facilities Management

Marc Lallier

Building/Maintenance  Manager



Mike Hensley


Bucky Smith


Bob Leedom


Bud Hall