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Get to Know Our Pastors & Staff Members


Dwight Dozier

Lead Pastor

Dwight and Dottie Dozier have served as lead pastors of Encounter Church since December of 2001. They share a passion to see people encounter Christ and come to maturity in faith. They are drive by a conviction that faith is not merely an object we possess, but a relationship that transforms our lives. Dottie earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University and Dwight a master’s degree in rural ministry from Trinity Bible College.  The Dozier’s have three adult daughters, each married to godly husbands. God has also blessed them with three grandsons and three granddaughters.

Jane Heeke

Connections Pastor

Jane Heeke is the Connections/Discipleship Pastor at Encounter Church. Pastor Jane and her husband, Phil, have been involved in a variety of ministries in the church and community for many years. Jane was called into full time ministry after teaching for 24 years. Pastor Jane and Phil are passionate about helping people growing in their faith and strengthening families in the church and the community. Pastor Jane oversees discipleship and adult small groups at Encounter Church. They raised their two children in the church. Their adult children are now married and working in full time ministry.


Jake Newman

Youth Pastor

Pastor Jake joined the church staff in 2020. He and his wife, Lea, have five children who help make up the rest of their ministry team. He is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and Lea is a Nurse Practitioner here in Great Bend. They love working with the youth of this church, helping them encounter God and His plan for their lives. They have served in various ministry roles in other churches throughout Kansas in the past and are happy to be a part of the ministry team at Encounter Church.