Ministry Team

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Senior Pastor - Rev. Harold D. Linder

Rev. Harold Linder

Rev. Harold Linder is a graduate of Kent Christian College where he earned his B. A. in Biblical Studies. Upon graduating, he returned home to serve seven years as Youth Pastor of Bethel Pentecostal Church, Long Island, New York (Bishop D.D. Davis, Pastor Doug Davis). While residing in New York he also served six years as the Youth President of the New York Metro District, UPCI.

Bro. Linder's ministry has included missions work in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He has also traveled extensively throughout North America speaking at revivals, rallies, conventions, and camps. He has ministered at the North American Youth Congress and the North American Youth Workers Convention. He has also served the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church as a member of the Executive Planning Committee.

Pastor Linder currently teaches Youth Ministry as an adjunct instructor at Northeast Christian College in Fredericton, New Brunswick Canada. He serves as the Foreign Missions Director of the North Carolina District and he is also a member of the Foreign Missions Board of the United Pentecostal Church International.

Since 2001, Harold Linder has faithfully served as pastor of Heavenview United Pentecostal Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is very blessed to enjoy the capable support of his wife Lisa, their daughter Abigail and son Harrison.

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Assistant Pastor - Rev. Dan Ponjican

Dan Ponjican

Rev. Dan Ponjican is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Pastor Dan is bi-vocational serving as Engineering Systems Manager for a large global industrial equipment manufacturer. He also serves Heavenview in the role of Assistant Pastor.

Prior to joining the Heavenview Pastoral Staff in October of 2007, Dan served as a Student Pastor in Lexington, NC and as a Member of the North Carolina District Youth Committee for three years. He also served as an Associate in Missions in Colombo, Sri Lanka for six months prior to moving to the great state of North Carolina.

At Heavenview Pastor Dan is responsible for the oversight of Community and Discipleship Ministries. He assists the Senior Pastor with establishing and executing program vision, creates resources for Life Group Meetings, and coordinates discipleship strategies for new believers and Heavenview's Student Ministry.

You will see Pastor Dan teaching in a variety of settings here at Heavenview. Spiritual growth is at the forefront of Dan's heartbeat where all of his ministry involvement is concerned.

His favorite verse is found in the book of Romans, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (12:2)

Please visit and click on the link for “Freeing Our Community.” You will see how Pastor Dan and his wife Christie are helping us help others here at Heavenview.

Assistant to Pastor / Music Minister - Brian Careccia

Brian Careccia

Brian serves as a part time staff member and Minister of Music at Heavenview. Brian has been a vital part of the team since 2003. As such his impact upon our Church family even surpasses his incredible talent and passion for music.

Brian’s ministry to youth, as well as his gifted musicianship, has enabled him to travel throughout America, Canada and across Europe, speaking and ministering in music at youth camps, youth conventions and various Church revivals. Brian has also enjoyed being a part of the ministry team at the North American Youth Congress as well as the General Conference of the United Pentecostal Church International.

Brian is originally from the New York Metropolitan area where he served in numerous roles of ministry at Bethel Pentecostal Church, Long Island, New York (Bishop D.D. Davis, Pastor Doug Davis). Brian’s wife Jill is originally from Jonesport, Maine. Prior to accepting their call to minister in Winston Salem, Brian and Jill were both very active in ministry at The Pentecostals of Jonesport, under the leadership of Pastor Steve Bertrand.

Brian and Jill bring a youthful zeal and an eclectic creativity to all of their ministry efforts here at Heavenview. They both have a passion for service that demonstrates a genuine devotion to the Kingdom of God. They share an uncommon willingness to sacrifice that has generated tremendous blessings in the lives of those they love and lead here at Heavenview.

Administrative Ministries Director - Lisa Linder

Lisa Linder

Lisa Linder responded to the call of God from her childhood. She was just a young girl when she surrendered her heart to Jesus Christ. Lisa recalls being only seven years old when she was baptized in Jesus Name and subsequently filled with the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking with other tongues.

At a young age Lisa began follow the leading of the Holy Spirit into avenues of ministry. She was twelve years of age when she first started assisting with Bible study teaching, Sunday school ministry, and child care ministries. As the years passed her passion for the work of the Lord ignited and she became very active in Music ministry, Youth ministry and small group ministry. Lisa was also instructed and involved in the huge task of providing administrative support to a large and growing church in suburban Long Island, New York.

As her ministry developed, Lisa remained very conscientious regarding her education and career objectives. She became a licensed Optician and dedicated many years to managing one of the leading retail establishments in the New York Metropolitan area dedicated to vision care.

Since 2001 Lisa has invested her education and expertise into the development of the Administrative ministries of Heavenview. She has worked intimately with the Finance Team of the church to oversee a multi-million dollar expansion of the Heavenview campus. Lisa is intricately involved with the development and maintenance of the administrative support systems that are at the foundation of the daily operations of Heavenview.

Although her first love in ministry is the servant-leadership opportunities that she manages at the church; Lisa is very dedicated to the music department of Heavenview. She is an active part of the leadership team that oversees the Choir, music, and special singing ministries of the church.

Above all else, she is a loving support to her husband (our senior pastor) and a devoted mom to their two gorgeous children.

Director of Growth Ministries - Christie Ponjican

Christie Ponjican

A social engineer at heart, Christie finds fulfillment in Connections. Her passion is to connect needs with volunteers who can meet those needs. She enjoys being the best cheer leader she can be for new believers and regular attenders alike. Growing Together is a core value of Heavenview and one of Christie's major goals. Christie believes that each individual has a next step to take toward growing in Jesus Christ. She is fueled by exploring and finding the perfect next step in growth processes for individuals at Heavenview who are seeking to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Christie hopes that her love for God, her husband Dan, her family and the City of Winston-Salem will make a lasting impression on the lives of others. Her love has encouraged others to discover the beauty of being accepted by a Heavenly Father who loves us all so deeply with no conditions.

She is thankful for the mentors in her life that have influenced her toward Christ in positive and meaningful ways and wants to give back to others because of the love she has been shown in her lifetime.

Christie served at The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County as a Director in Development for five years. Following her investment at The Arts Council, she managed the Senior Academy Mentoring Program for The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. Christie will say that these opportunities have opened her eyes and heart to the needs of our great city, Winston-Salem. Today, Christie serves as the Director of Growth Ministries at Heavenview. She works tirelessly organizing and equipping teams of volunteers from the church and the community. Under her leadership, these individuals regularly invest their talents in various quality of life improvement initiatives throughout Winston-Salem.

Please visit and click on the link for “Freeing Our Community” to learn more about the Community Ministry opportunities at Heavenview.