In January of 1988, Dan and Roi Lene Paxton, and their three children, were living in Ruidoso, New Mexico. After five years of coaching and teaching in the schools, Dan and his family left to help establish a church. They continued coaching and teaching, but this time for God. During that time that Dan experienced the voice of the Holy Spirit telling him, “I am now going to take you to a place where you speak their language.” Seven years later, the Lord asked the Paxtons to leave the Southwest and move back to Iowa. They were moving back to the place where they ‘spoke the language.’ Upon arriving in Cedar Falls in the fall of 1988, the Paxtons began to invite people into their home for Bible study. A small group began to gather. On April 22, 1990, 27 people met together for worship and the Heartland Vineyard Church was born. Since that time, the Church has grown steadily as people have come to know Jesus and find new life in Him. Staff members have been added, ministries have developed, services have expanded, and leadership has increased, but the heart remains the same.