Who is Reliant?

We were born in 1989 as a mission support agency for a small group of campus church planters. A lot's changed since then! (Less stonewashed jeans, for one).

Today we mobilize church planters and missionaries across like-minded missional groups and church-planting networks. As we've expanded our partnerships, we've adopted a new name. Yet our devotion to Jesus' command to "Go and make disciples..." remains. It's who we are.

Board Members

Noel Heikkinen

Noel Heikkinen

Pastor, Riverview Church, Lansing, MI

I love Reliant because:Over the past two decades, I have come to realize that one of the most common barriers to ministry in critical contexts (college campuses, new churches, developing countries, etc.) is funding. This barrier isn't insurmountable, but too many potential missionaries have no idea how to tackle raising the money they need. Reliant has the best training and support for deputized fund-raising in the world, period.

I serve Reliant because:Without Reliant, it is quite possible I would never have gotten into ministry.  When I was first starting out, my church couldn't afford to bring me on staff and I was weighing my options in the marketplace.  I wanted to do ministry but I also wanted to stay at the church that had poured so much into my life.  Reliant allowed me to do both.  Now that I have an opportunity to give back, I enthusiastically serve on the board.

Coffee or Tea?Starbucks coffee, black, half a cup at a time, none of that hipster pour-over nonsense.

Noel is the Chairman of the Reliant board of directors.

Noel Jesse Heikkinen is a pastor and executive team member at Riverview Church in the Greater Lansing area of Michigan. His multi-site church is home to nearly 4,000 people weekly and a thriving outreach to Michigan State University. Heikkinen himself raised ministry support with Reliant from 1998 to 2002 for youth outreach in Lansing, before stepping into his present role at the church. Riverview has ongoing partnerships with Reliant for missionary and church planter support, the Collegiate Church Network for student outreach, and the Acts 29 Network for church planters—where Noel leads as the Director of the US Midwest Network.

Noel is married to Grace and has four children (Emma, Jesse, Ethan, and Cole).

Noel has served on Reliant board since December 2008 and as chairman since January 2013.