Our fundamental principles

Academic Excellence
  • Academic Excellence

  • h.e.a.r.t.'s highly trained faculty is passionate about the subjects they teach. Not only do they want you to have a deep understanding of the content, they want to help you integrate the classroom learning with application in a cross-cultural setting. All of our professors hold at least a Master's Degree and more than half also have a Doctorate.

Hands-On Experience
  • Hands-On Experience

  • h.e.a.r.t. is not your typical college experience. Expect to get dirty as you put into practice the things you're learning in the classroom. Developing skills that are practical in cross-cultural ministry is one of the focuses of the h.e.a.r.t. program. You'll do it all - work the soil, care for animals, prepare food using primitive methods and much more.

Community Mindedness
  • Community Mindedness

  • h.e.a.r.t. has a culture of community. You'll share living space, classroom space and work space with students and staff. You'll be challenged to put aside our culture's tendency toward independence and learn to be more interdependent. A high value is placed on building relationships, communicating effectively and resolving conflict.

Spiritual Vitality
  • Spiritual Vitality

  • h.e.a.r.t. desires for each person in the community to cultivate a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. Individuals are encouraged to practice various spiritual disciplines and the community strives together toward Christ through daily times of prayer and reflection. We're committed to training missionaries who are prepared to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Upcoming Events

  • **Special Offer** While supplies last, get a copy of Charlie that has been signed by the author! Jimmy Usher was a long time friend of Charlie Smith, one of the founders of h.e.a.r.t. In this gripping and inspiring biography, Jimmy recounts Charlie's life, vision and passions and allows the ... [read more]
  • Join us as we celebrate sustainable agriculture, community and God’s provision with this year's Garden Celebration. Admission is free and includes a free lunch (while supplies last), free agriculture classes, petting farm, h.e.a.r.t. tours and vendors' retail area. Where: h.e.a.r.t. 13895 HWY 27... [read more]
  • Come join us Jan. 15th at 4 p.m. - Jan. 17th at noon for Survivor Weekend! Learn the basics of how to survive anywhere with nothing! During this event you'll learn how to make a primitive fire, how to make a shelter without the need of tools, rope making, primitive cooking, how to provide water, ... [read more]