Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh

Renee Purtlebaugh

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Renee Kenley Purtlebaugh, Associate Pastor to Children and Their Families

If any parent has ever worried about leaving their child with another adult, it is simply because they have not yet met Renee. Renee joined the Highland clergy in June 2007 after finishing her Master of Divinity degree at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond where she received the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Pastoral Leadership.

Prior to Highland, she used her biology degree from Georgetown College to work as a physical therapy technician for a few years. She has also directed camps for Passport and worked with children in a myriad of settings.

An expert at making sure kids feel welcomed, Renee feels privileged to consider how each experience your children may have at camp or in classes here at church can uplift and empower them to be their vibrant, wonderful selves. By introducing the church to Godly Play, guiding a team of over 130 volunteer teachers, upholding our safe-church policies, and continually preparing our children’s areas with intentionality and care, Renee affirms that we are all children of a loving God.

Renee also offers genuine care to families—as we all embrace the difficulties, mysteries and joys of life. Beyond Highland, Renee served as the leader of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Children’s Ministry Network to help them revision their purpose. She continues as a member of this team.

She and her husband Tyler have one daughter, Eliza. Renee’s from-scratch-baking leaves most Pinterest cupcake efforts in the dust. Seriously, her icing creations are spectacular.