B.A. in Worship Arts with Youth Ministry emphasis - 2003, Judson University M.Div.- 2006, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduating from seminary, Lara served as Youth Pastor in Berwyn, Illinois, for two years while volunteering as a lay leader and speaker for a couple of Subculture Young Adult Ministries. She then left ministry for four years to discern where God was leading her next. During that time, she married David Heise and gave birth to her daughter Lola Ruth Heise. God used that time to help form her into one who "fully and passionately relies on God." It is with this heart and passion for "the Bride of Christ" that she came to Midland, in December 2012, to take on the new role of Pastor of Preaching and Teaching; a role that allowed her to use and develop her gifts of preaching, teaching, and developing leaders. Lara gave birth to her second child, a son named Devin, in April of 2015. In June 2015, Lara transitioned into the role of Lead Pastor. Lara has a passion for preaching and teaching God's word and for walking with people as they discover who God has created them to be.