Lay Leaders

Highland relies on four leadership bodies to oversee the mission and ministry. The ministerial staff, the Ministry Council, the Deacons, and the Ministry Groups serve different functions in the life of the church. We come together as a congregation to make big decisions and to dialogue before and after. And we are nothing without the hundreds of active volunteers!

Ministry Council
This fabulous group of ministers and elected members work together to form strategic church plans, review church ministries and activities, oversee policies and the work of the church-at-large, run our Quarterly Church Conferences (code word for business meetings), and guide other lay leadership nominating processes.

You can email the current Ministry Council chair, Loren Townsend, here.

These servants of the church are nominated and ordained by the congregation for the work of spiritual leadership and discernment. They assist the ministers with pastoral care by visiting the sick, comforting the distressed, seeking out assistance for those in need, and helping lead worship. No church potluck has ever come close to the glorious feast the Deacons serve on Thanksgiving morning.

You can email our current deacon chair, Bill Martin, here.

Ministry Groups
All good things about these groups are here.

Almost the entire congregation volunteers in one capacity or another. We would not exist if it weren’t for all of us pitching in together to make our ministry and mission function. So whether folks answer phones in the office or teach Bible study to adults or lead Godly Play with toddlers or brew coffee on Fridays or fix dinner on Wednesdays (…you get the drift), the list of fabulous volunteers is as long as our church roster. You’ll learn about more ways to volunteer as you read through the website.