Ministry Team

Kevin Heppner

Senior Pastor Kevin Heppner’s passion is to be “a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3). He loves telling people the Good News about Jesus Christ and boldly proclaiming the Word of God, challenging and encouraging others to follow Jesus. Kevin grew up at the Evangelical Free Church of Turlock; and also attended Turlock Christian School where his father, John Heppner, served as Principal from 1972-1982.

After studying Bible: Youth Ministries at The Master’s College in Southern California, Kevin earned his Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Pastor Kevin Heppner has also ministered in Turlock with other churches for over fifteen years, including Crossroads Church (the Evangelical Free Church of Turlock) and Monte Vista Chapel. Kevin’s ministry areas included Junior High, High School, College, Post-College, Young Marrieds, Men’s Ministry, and Family Financial Ministries.

Kevin’s lived in Turlock for over 40 years. Happily married since 1991, Pastor Kevin and his wife Cheryl love remodeling their old country home together and sharing it with their three children—Kody, Janae, and Caleb—and Garrett a high school exchange student from China.

Cheryl Heppner works for the Stanislaus County Alliance Worknet and enjoys putting HGTV to good use with friends and family.

Pastor Kevin’s hobbies include raising and showing his “show pigeons” throughout the U.S., having even raised several National Champions. It’s no secret he also loves to fish for anything that swims, particularly bass at McClure Lake. Like to fish? Ask him about an open seat on his boat…

Justin Lopes

Associate Pastor

Justin was born and raised in Los Banos, but has enjoyed calling Turlock his home for the last few years. He enjoys super heroes and sports. He and his wife Ashlynne have three little ones. He loves telling people about Jesus and is passionate about discipleship and equipping others with the tools to share the Gospel and then disciple others.

Neal Barlow

Worship Leader

Neal is a Turlock native and loves using his gifts to bring people to a place of worship. Father of a family of three boys, Neal and his wife, Emily, have their hands full. Neal teaches Video and Photographer full time for Enochs High School in Modesto, and runs his own production company on the side. He has a passion for using his story telling skills to show others good news of the Gospel.