Mark & Michele Heckman
Our spiritual leader and Senior Pastor is Pastor Mark Heckman. You’ll find Mark and his wife (and best friend) Michele at Connect Church’s many activities working alongside our church family. Serving others is their passion.
Mark’s excitement in life is to see God interact with his church and to witness how the love of God changes people. A relationship with Jesus is the driving force in his ministry and something Mark wants every person to experience. God’s love can be seen through the healing ministry that he has developed in Mark, all pointing to God’s glory. Having witnessed God miraculously heal his people, Mark’s favorite bible verse is “Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37 NLT).
A background in school administration helps Mark lead the church from a unique perspective and allows him to relate to our church family at a personal level. A love of Jesus fires Mark’s ministry and gives him the hunger to share the gospel message in every opportunity God puts before him.
Pastor Mark and Michele have two amazing young adult children, Luke and Elizabeth.
Dawn & Tom Krishart
Pastor Dawn joined our staff July 2016. She is a local licensed pastor and completed her course of study in Delaware Ohio in 2014. After closing her family’s business in 2008 she served the Methodist Church in the Punxsutawney/DuBois Areas. In her previous appointments she focused her ministry developing small group ministry with a focus on starting new places for new people. She is a volunteer for the Blairsville Salvation Army and a longtime member of Rotary International. She also has served on the board of Jefferson County CYS and Clearfield Drug and Alcohol Commission.
Pastor Dawn and her husband Tom have to two sons, Matthew who lives in DuBois, and Jonathan resides in Black Lick Ohio with his wife, Amy and their two sons, Cameron and James. Her family enjoys camping and attending her grandson’s soccer games.