06.07.20 | Scattered Series

Suffering for the Gospel

Noel Heikkinen

Peter 4:1 -11

Noel Heikkinen

teaching and church planting

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What do you do here at Riv?

Teaching Pastor.

What does it look like to be a teaching pastor at Riv?

I not only have the privilege of teaching at a lot of our weekend services, I get to work with a lot of godly men and women who aspired to teach the Bible in a variety of settings. I also spend a good chunk of my time sharing about our mission and vision as well as helping new churches get started around Michigan, the midwest, and the world.

What are some dreams you have within your role?

In the here and now, I long for the “aha” moments when the love of God strikes someone for the first or millionth time and the shame they are carrying melts away in light of all Jesus has done for them.
In the long term, I aspire to fade away into obscurity as young and diverse leaders are trained to do what I do way better than I can do it.

How do you spend your free time?

Staring at my lawn.

Top three shows?

Ted Lasso, Better Call Saul, and Man in the High Castle.

Listening to any good podcasts?

Coverville, 99% Invisible, The Art of Pastoring, The Happy Rant, and The Acts 29 Podcast.

All limitations aside, what job would you love to have in an alternate reality?

Helicopter Pilot.