OUR TEAM

Dr. Gary Adams

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Heartland Response Founder/Director

Mark Adams, CMAS

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Heartland Response Deputy Director 

Deborah Bell

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Heartland Response Ministries, Director

Chaplain, Dr. Edward Smith

Chaplain, Dr. Edward Smith
Chaplain Ministries Global
Heartland Response Director of Chaplaincy

Chaplain Ministries Global, F and Heartland Response Director

 of Chaplaincy,

Greg Jeffers

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Heartland Response Assistant Deputy Director 

Jerry and Karyn Reagan

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Heartland Response Region VI Directors

Pastors Daniel and Cindy Wermuth

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 Heartland Region VII Directors 

Dr. Dewey Painter

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Heartland Response Logistics 

Senior Consultant

Dr. Chris Reynolds

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Heartland Response 

Response and Recovery 

Senior Consultant

Our Vision

The vision of Heartland Response founder Dr. Gary Adams is to establish a national state-of-the-art Compassion Coordination Center and a Compassion Training Institute in Denton, Texas which will serve as a model for future strategically placed regional centers. The national center will provide essential coordinated networking and training capabilities for coalition member agencies, organizations, entities, and individuals.

Our Mission

Heartland Response is a non-profit emergency and disaster response organization focused on preparing, training and educating in the disciplines of emergency management, disaster response and recovery as well as other forms of compassion care. Further, the mission is to facilitate unity among disaster and crisis response entities, churches, synagogues, businesses and individuals throughout the faith community.

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Dr. Gary Adams understands the importance of meeting the needs of individuals in crisis. For over 30 years he has assisted in crisis management and disaster response, providing a long list of services for those in need.


Dr. Adams is a  #1 Best Selling author and minister. He is Founder/Director of Heartland Response, an organization dedicated to assisting in meeting the needs of people in crisis. He has a passion for educating and training leadership in both corporate and ministry organizations. He has specialized in teaching Bible, Emergency Management and disaster response/recovery both nationally and internationally. In 2011, he graduated from American Public University with a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management with honors. For his work in disaster relief and offering humanitarian aid around the world, he received a Doctor of Literature, D.Litt. (Honorary) in February, 2012 from Florida Beacon College and Seminary. He currently serves as a faculty member of Taongi National University (TNU) in Liberia. During the course of his studies, he obtained and maintains a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist certification (CMAS). 


He has been involved for over fifty years in active ministry, many of those years as a pastor, and in foreign and domestic missions. He has experience in the administration of faith-based agency development and effective execution of humanitarian aid programs. He has experience in disaster relief work and provision of humanitarian assistance throughout the Americas, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. His broad background includes law enforcement and federal disaster assistance. 



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Mark Adams has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement as both a local and state officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Mark has worked as a Tactical Flight Officer in the Aircraft Operations Division as well as a Special Agent in Criminal Investigations. Mark has experience working dignitary physical protection for corporations, celebrities and church groups around the world.  Mark’s experience includes advanced training in emergency management operation and threat mitigation.  Mark is a Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist through the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board and is also a master certified peace officer.  Mark has vast experience in force protection and training for response to active shooters. Mark is a state certified instructor with over 3000 training hours and was a certified defensive tactics instructor. Mark has received advanced training on National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) through the Department of Homeland Security and has received numerous commendations for exceptional performance through the course of his career.  


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 Greg Jeffers has over 25 years of combined experience from the military and law enforcement which included 7 years as a special agent with the US Secret Service. During military service with the US Navy, Greg collected intelligence for the Naval Security Group Activity being awarded a Flag Letter of Commendation for exceptional performance.  After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, Greg worked as a Texas State Peace Officer while employed as a Texas Game Warden.  As a special agent with the US Secret Service assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office Greg investigated financial fraud cases before being assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  As a member of the JTTF, Greg received three Directorate level Letters of Appreciation from Director Robert Mueller of the FBI for his efforts during the investigation, take down, and prosecution of a key terrorism target of the JTTF.  While stationed in Los Angeles, Greg completed protection assignments to include conducting numerous lead advances, site advance assessments, protective intelligence advances, and shift agent protective assignments.  In addition, Greg successfully investigated numerous threats to the President, Vice President, and other dignitaries under Secret Service protection. In his current capacity, Greg is part of a national strike team that provides force protection for search and rescue teams that are providing emergency response services during natural disasters.

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 Daniel Wermuth II currently serves as the Apostolic Voice and Lead Pastor of Joplin Family Worship Center  (JFWC) and as the Chairman of the Joplin Area Ministerial Alliance. He is seated on the Board of the Missouri Reentry Program, Board Member of the Hope House Ministries in Joplin, seated on the Board of the Jasper County C.O.A.D. and the Joplin Homeless steering committee for the City of Joplin. Board member of the Jasper County Diversion Court Advisory Board. Daniel is a co-founder of “The Heartland Alliance” Rescue, Resource & Renew.  Daniel is pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. He is the Executive Director of the Resource Center located at JFWC for the recovery process from the Tornado of May 22nd 2011 and Directors of the Healing Rooms ministry in Joplin. Daniel is a psalmist and functions as a prophetic voice. The Apostolic call with Pastoral anointing has enabled him to transition congregations through some very difficult seasons. Daniel is an avid collector of books and ministry training materials. A scuba diver and dog lover. He is a devoted husband and father. In October of 2016, Joseph joined the family. orphaned in life and placed in their care, he officially became a Wermuth. The Wermuth’ are career level trained and licensed, advanced trauma certified, Missouri Alliance foster home. They continue to provide foster placement to additional children. Pursuing the Great Commission with Great Passion for the Great Commandment. Caring for the least of these… 

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Stan Lovins II is an inspired International Revival Evangelist with a burning passion to see God’s healing power and salvation Rise Up in the heart and soul of today’s people with the love of Jesus Christ to bring “Healing To The Hurting!”  

Stan is Founder and President of Stan Lovins II Ministries, Sandlot Ministries and Victory Fire Events, all Christ-centered Evangelism Ministries that utilizes Power Evangelism, Community Outreaches, Baseball and Softball Instruction and Clinics to share the love of Jesus Christ with communities all over the USA and the World! 




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Dr. Christopher Reynolds retired after 32 years as a Deputy Chief/Shift Commander with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue (Tampa, FL). I am a board certified emergency manager (CEM) and hold a doctorate in education. I am also a Chief Fire Designee (CFO) through the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) and a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. I also hold the Military Emergency Manager Specialist Master Badge. I also retired from the United States Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel, finishing up my 21 year Air Force career as an Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) assigned to the Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) Command Cell, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Air Force EPLOs support the designated combatant commander and lead federal agencies to assist in coordinating military support to local, state and federal agencies involved in domestic incident management. I was deployed to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, assisting the FEMA Incident Support Team (IST) on site. Again, in 1995 I was deployed to the Florida State Emergency Operations Center as a part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) and coordinated all firefighting and urban search and rescue operations during Hurricane Opal. In my military role, I deployed to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as the officer in command of an aeromedical evacuation liaison team (AELT) that was a part of Joint Task Force (JTF) Katrina and coordinated joint civilian/military airlift of over 20,000 evacuee’s and 4,500 casualties. I had the honor and privilege of deploying with a GREAT team of personnel shortly after the September 11th attacks. My Team and I were among the first mobilized in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in 2001 and deployed as the commanding officer of an Aeromedical Evacuation Team to two classified forward locations in the Afghanistan/Pakistan area. My Team coordinated the medical evacuation of US and coalition combat casualties and directly supported combat search and rescue operations. Our Team was recognized by the Department of Defense and awarded the valor “V” device for our efforts. In 1995, I deployed to Haiti during OPERATION UPHOLD DEMOCRACY and coordinated rotary lift-aeromedical evacuation between Port A’ Prince and the USNS Comfort. Most recently, I was deployed during the Haitian Earthquake and coordinated all casualty movement from the Haiti AOR to South Florida air hubs for transport to US Trauma Centers.