About Us

A Place to Learn and Grow

Heartland is a church whose goal is to simply “Love God and Love People”. We get that purpose from the Bible in Matthew 22 where it says, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” and Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your 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.” Therefore, this is what we strive for …. to love like Jesus loves.

We realize that Christ has made it so simple for us. Although it sounds so easy, we understand that in order to love like Christ loves, we need to hear His Word in order to grow in the maturity of His grace and knowledge. 

Thank you for visiting our website, may you be blessed by His grace and great love for you. Calvary Chapel Heartland is located in middle Georgia at Fort Valley. If you’ve never visited us, we’d love for you to come and visit real soon. 


Lead Pastor Steve Sandoval

Pastor Steve moved his family from southern California to plant Calvary Chapel Heartland in 1997. Two and a half weeks later we held our first Sunday service. Pastor Steve formerly worked as a firefighter/paramedic in Costa Mesa, California. He attended the School of Ministry at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and served as an assistant Pastor at Calvary Chapel Cardiff. Pastor Steve and Cindie have been married 31 years and have four children and two grandchildren.


Assistant Pastor Aaron Glaize

Pastor Aaron attended Calvary Chapel Bible College in both York, England and Siegen, Germany. After graduating from the Calvary Chapel School of Ministry, He and his wife, Donna, served in Germany for three years as missionaries. Upon returning to the States, they felt lead to serve in Georgia to systematically teach God’s word and encourage the local body. The Glaizes have three wonderful kids; Chuck, Elouise, and Elizabeth.


Assistant Pastor Jerry Axtell

Pastor Jerry and his wife Kathie grew up in Warner Robins, were high school sweethearts and married in 1984. They are two of the most loving people you will ever meet. Jerry has a real heart for Men's Ministry and has been teaching the Men of the Word Bible study since 2005. Jerry has an Associates degree in Bible from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary. He is a very gifted and anointed Bible Teacher and is a volunteer Chaplain with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


Assistant Pastor Garry Jervis

Pastor Garry is a Worship Leader and has been a faithful servant of the Lord for many years. He helped lead worship at the very first Sunday Service at Calvary Chapel Heartland in 1997. He and his wife Cheri have been married 41 years and have five children, and eight grandchildren.

Youth Ministry

Assistant Pastor Kirk Martin

Youth Pastor Kirk has a passionate, fun-loving heart for the Lord and His people. He serves as our youth pastor here at Calvary Chapel Heartland. He is an ordained pastor and is also a licensed electrician for the state of Georgia. He and his bride Amy reside in Byron and have one daughter, Raleigh.

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