Chief Development Officer
Riaan Heyns serves Doulos Partners as Chief Development Officer. He is a native of South Africa where he obtained a degree in electrical engineering, served as an officer in the South African armed forces, and worked part-time with missionaries and churches throughout the southern African region spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1997 Riaan came to the United States to pursue theological studies where he obtained a Bachelor of Divinity, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and Advanced Pastoral Certification.
Riaan served at two mega-churches in the DFW area over a 10-year period in the capacity of executive pastor over missiology, small-group development, men’s ministry, assimilation, and discipleship. He then joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM) for three years as a missionary serving in Turkey and Southern Africa. In 2007 New Life Church in Colorado Springs, a 14,000-member church, recruited Riaan where he served as the Executive Pastor of Outreach for 13 years. He taught a weekly missiology class for 12 years, led dozens of teams on mission experiences, preached in conferences, and taught in Bible schools around the world. During the covid pandemic, he was recruited by Every Home for Christ, a $50M mobilization and church planting ministry, to serve as their Vice President of Development. One of Riaan’s favorite ministry connections during this time was Doulos Partners.
Riaan has a deep love for Jesus and is driven by a conviction that everyone, everywhere deserves an opportunity to hear and experience the love and truth of Jesus Christ. He has traveled to more than 85 countries introducing partners and churches to the opportunities of Gospel advancement.
Riaan is married to his sweetheart Selena, and they have two young children, Isaiah and Sarah. Riaan loves Jesus, His message, his family, people, golf, fishing, and anything that makes us come alive.
Riaan would love to meet you, hear your story, and take you on an adventure to see the Good News of Jesus transform broken lives.
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