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Our Church Staff

Lead Pastor
Andrew (Stephanie) Heer

Pastor Andy and his wife Stephanie were each born and raised in Kansas.  They attended Mid America Nazarene University where they met and later married in 1989.  They have raised 5 children: Josh is a pastor in Olathe, Kansas with his wife Jill and their two children; Nick who works for Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas is married to his wife Susie; Annalise is a traveling nurse; Sarah is a twin with Anna and is also a nurse living in Fort Scott, Kansas with her husband Johnathan Stark; Ashley is an elementary teacher living in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband Mac.


Stephanie is a Registered Nurse and her specialty is labor and delivery.  She was raised a PK (Pastor's Kid) and has always been active in local church ministry.  Stephanie has served and led Children's ministry as well as the worship team.  She loves her dog Isabelle and spending time reading books on the beach.


Pastor Andy has served churches in Kansas and Alaska before moving to Hernando, Florida.  Andy loves the church and helping people follow Jesus.  Andy loves watching and playing sports (Go KC Royals, KC Chiefs and KU Basketball), reading books and playing with his cameras.

Music Ministries Pastor:
Walt (Phyllis) Garrett


Born in Akron, Ohio, Walt received his bachelor of music degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK in 1973. Walt has served as minister of music and worship for churches in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Walt has served at HerNaz since 2006. He and Pastor Nate work as a team to develop a strong church dynamic of committed Christians. As Pastor Nate models God's Word through pastoring and preaching, Walt challenges the people involved in the HerNaz music ministries to experience the presence of God through praise and worship, both corporately and privately- More than 70 people are involved in the various music & worship ministries.
Walt is blessed to be married to Phyllis Garrett. They have five children and ten grandchildren. Phyllis is intricately involved in the music and other ministries of the church. She suffers intensely as a fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Family Ministries Pastor:
Michelle (Chris) Varnadore


Michelle is a Florida native who was born and raised in Jacksonville. She has served here at HerNaz since 2014, when she joined our staff. Chris works for CSX Transportation as a Communications Technician.

Michelle has a vast background working with children and teens. She is also very connected to the community, serving as a volunteer at the local high school and with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County.

If you have been searching for a FUN LOVING place to call home, then look no further! Come out and join Pastor Michelle and her crew on Wednesday nights!