Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Heartland Apostolic Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations.

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
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Benjamin M. Crites, Senior Pastor

Pastor Ben was born in Durant, Oklahoma and soon after moved to Seattle, Washington.  He returned to Oklahoma in his late teens, and graduated from Bokchita High.


Pastor Ben first came to Heartland to fill the position of Youth Minister in May of 2009.  In August 2010, he was voted in as Sr. Pastor and hasn’t looked back.  His desire is to disciple each person that makes Heartland their home so they can turn their city upside-down for Jesus.


He loves the outdoors and is an avid collector of antiquarian bibles and bible leaves.  He enjoys lecturing on the history of the bible and studying other religious beliefs.  He also enjoys writing poetry. 


Gina Crites, Pastor’s Wife & Church Administrator

Gina was raised in Sulphur Springs, Texas.  She received her Bachelor’s of Business at Texas A&M- Commerce.


She married her best friend, Ben, in 2008 and shortly thereafter moved to Commerce.  She has since fallen in love with the slow pace and kind people of Commerce, TX.


Gina loves to sing, play piano, and is very involved in the Heartland Music Department.  In her spare time, she enjoys catching up with friends, traveling, finding junk store treasures, and attempting to keep her husband in line.  Gina works part time for a local defense contractor.

Pastor Ben and Gina’s daughter, Lydia, entered the world in 2014.  She is a blonde haired ray of sunshine and is full of energy and giggles.