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The Porch Leadership


Both Kansas natives, both Stu and Heidi Heckman made their way back to Manhattan in 2015 after an amazing time growing and building community at Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio. Stu and Heidi joined with Todd and Jennifer to be the initial leaders of the Village Organic Church Network. They now serve as point leaders for The Porch House Church. 

They have three children together along with a new puppy, Penny. Stu, along with being involved in ministry, is a doctor of financial planning with Kansas State University. Heidi, along with being a stay at home mom, spends much of her day meeting with other moms and has never met a stranger. They enjoy spending time with family, camping, and all things outdoors. 


High school sweethearts from Manhattan, Derek and Cory began their married life of ministry in 2006.  They now serve as leaders with The Porch.

After a short stint in Kansas City, they returned to their home town to allow Cory to pursue her masters and be close to family.  Shortly after being in Manhattan, they both decided to commit their time outside of work to ministry where they have found great joy and fellowship. They have three boys: Will, Wes, and Jonah. Derek spends his "free time" as a broker and agent with Alliance Realty. He enjoys all things K-State, quoting movies, and a good costume party. He can usually be seen chilling on the front porch reading with one of several friends. Cory serves the Manhattan community as a marriage and family therapist with Andrews and Associates. When she isn't meeting with clients she enjoys walking around City Park taking in the outdoors, gardening, and saving the world one recycled can at a time.