Phil Gioja, Producer

Heartland Seeds grew out of a small-town church in rural Watseka, Illinois. Through a partnership with Phil Gioja at Center Street Productions, Trinity Church discovered that video can be an effective way of sharing life-changing faith stories with the congregation and online. Phil began to realize that there might be a way to find and share stories beyond just Trinity Church, and so Heartland Seeds was created.

Our mission at Heartland Seeds is to help individuals, churches, and parachurch ministries share the life-changing news of Jesus through the effective use of video. We believe sharing real stories of life transformation will motivate others to pursue the gospel in their own lives.

The path hasn’t always been an easy one. The promise of this verse is one that continues to propel us forward: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9″

We depend on partnerships with people just like you. If you …

  • have a faith story you would like to share
  • know someone that does
  • have the means to sponsor a faith story
  • would like to share our stories in your organization
  • or just want more information

… click to learn more about sponsorship!

Meet the founder:

Phil Gioja, owner/producer of Center Street Productions, lives in Watseka, IL with his wife Laura and two daughters.

At age 11, Phil volunteered to help with his church’s sound system, and has desired to serve God with his talents since then.

During film school in 2003, Phil produced his first church-based documentary in Carbondale, IL. In 2005, Phil began working with Trinity Church in Watseka, IL, producing videos for Sunday morning worship.

Phil has also worked with missions groups. One group is Vernacular Video Mission International (VVMI). Phil has created several promotional videos for them. In 2010 he taught a production workshop for them in the Philippines.

Through Heartland Seeds, Phil desires to serve God with his talents by planting seeds of faith in people’s lives through video in churches across the Midwest.