The Heartland Region (Region C)

Central & Eastern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio & Florence, Kentucky

  • Bob Blahnik
    Area Superintendent within the Heartland
    (Central IN, West OH, North KY)

    317-997-3812     |     bobb@gld-efca.org


    Bob is a graduate of Iowa State University and worked as a US Army Officer and businessman before obtaining his M.Div. in Counseling from Denver Seminary. He has served as a Christian Counselor, Senior Pastor, Retreat Leader for Sonscape Retreats and most recently as Associate Pastor of Faith Church in Indianapolis. He currently serves as the Heartland Region C Superintendent which includes churches in Western Ohio, Eastern Illinois and Indiana. Bob and his wife Jeanne have 3 married children, 6 grandchildren and live in Brownsburg, IN.

  • Mark Balmer

    Area Superintendent of central Illinois

    815-232-6159   |   mark.balmer@parkhillsefc.org


    Pastor Mark originally joined the pastoral staff of Park Hills EFC in 1997 and initially served as the high school youth pastor.  Prior to being on staff there, he served at an Evangelical Church in Sarasota, Florida and Twain Harte, California.  Mark has a B.A. degree from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia and extensive post graduate work in Biblical Studies. Mark assumed the Lead Pastor position at Park Hills EFC in 2007 and Area Superintendent with the GLD in 2012. Mark's deep love for the Word of God and helping the church apply it to life compel him to "teach and preach these principles." Mark and Charmaine have five children.

  • Rick Thompson

    Interim Area Superintendent in the Heartland

    574-299-9711     |     gld@gld-efca.org


    Rick and Jan Thompson met at Wheaton Graduate School and their first year of marriage was on campus at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  After thirteen years serving the Hope Evangelical Free Church of Dubuque, Iowa, God called them to Moscow, Russia from 1992-1997 as the EFCM Eurasia Director and a senior pastor of Moscow Bible Church. Rick served as the EFCA district superintendent in Texas from 1997-2004 and now with the Great Lakes District since April of 2004.  { READ MORE }