Dale & Lisa Heaton
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Dale and Lisa Heaton serve on the west-central Minnesota field. Pelican Rapids has a population of about 2,500 within the city limits, and almost 6,000 outside the city. The Heatons are located in a beautiful part of the state, with many lakes and wooded areas.
Pelican Rapids was a largely Caucasian city twenty-five years ago, and most of the population claimed to be members of a church. Today, the city reflects a larger ethnic and spiritual diversity, with populations of Latino and Somalian residents. Recently, a building was purchased and renovated to serve as a mosque for the city. There is a turkey processing facility outside of the city, which employs between 500 and 1,000 people. There are few jobs in the city and many residents commute to surrounding cities to find work.
After seeing the growing spiritual diversity in their community, the Heatons became active in one of the few evangelical churches in the Pelican Rapids area. Pelican Rapids Baptist Church started as a country church in the late 1800s, and moved into town in 1958. The church has retained its “country feel”, and is known in the community as a friendly church that aims to reach people inside and outside of its walls.
“Our focus has been largely on people who are hurting or those with physical and spiritual needs,” Dale explains. The church serves residents of the community “from cradle to grave” through a number of different ministries. Small group studies for men, women, couples, and youth are held at the church. Dale also encourages one-on-one interaction between individuals in the congregation, recognizing that one person can’t do it all.
The Heatons have served as InFaith field staff since 1989.
Dale and Lisa both have a heart for kids, which was a big factor in how they were called to ministry in 1989. They directed Camp Joy near Dent, Minnesota until 2014, when they made the transition to pastorate ministry at Pelican Rapids Baptist Church. They have three sons and two daughters, and love their grandchildren.