Conrad and Heidi Hertzler, along with their children, Alissa, Justin, and Kayla, are missionaries with Mission Aviation Fellowship serving the Lord in Mozambique as a pilot/mechanic family.
Conrad was born in Greenwood, Delaware. When he was six, his family moved to the mission field in northern Ontario, Canada. He gave his life to the Lord when he was nine while attending a father-son retreat. He says, “A significant experience in my life came when I took a mission trip to Haiti, and saw the desperate needs of people in another country.” Later that year, at a youth meeting, he committed his life to full-time mission service, wherever the Lord would lead him. After graduating from high school, he moved back to the States. In 1998, he felt the Lord leading him to enter Moody Bible Institute’s aviation training program. There, he obtained his A&P license as well as a fixed-wing commercial license with instrument rating. He graduated in 2004, with a B.S. in Missionary Aviation Technology. He also holds CFI and CFII certificates.
Heidi was born the oldest of four in Iowa City, Iowa. She spent her growing up years living on the family farm. At the age of eight, she attended a kids’ ministry program and gave her heart and life to Jesus Christ. Throughout her teenage years, her family, friends, and church had a great deal of influence in teaching her how to grow in her relationship with Jesus Christ. Heidi shares, “During high school, I told the Lord I would be willing to serve Him wherever He wanted me. During college, I was introduced to career missions and once again told the Lord I would follow His leading.” She graduated from Maranatha Baptist Bible College with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Conrad and Heidi met at Rosedale Bible Institute in Plain City, Ohio, and married in 2001.
Conrad loves being involved in aviation and using the airplane to access hard to reach areas to extend God’s Kingdom. One ministry highlight from this last term was flying two local pastors to a northern village to show the JESUS Film. He has also been involved in MozMed, a “Flying Doctor Service,” which hosts week-long clinics in rural villages.
Heidi’s main roles have included flight following, hosting other missionaries, and of course, being a homemaker. Her favorite verse is Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” “I take great comfort in knowing that God is with me and will guide me no matter where I am.”
God calls the men and women of MAF to serve Him in unique ways. He may also be calling you to a special role in Conrad and Heidi’s ministry. Please prayerfully consider becoming a Ministry Partner with them through prayer and/or financial support.