our leadership

Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.


  1. We are guided by pastors.

The Pastoral staff team is led by the Senior Pastors. This team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church. These staff pastors serve the congregation and are responsible for the development of the spiritual life of the church.

Highlands Church Senior Pastors:

Hal & Sondra Hardy

Highlands Church Pastoral Leadership Team:

Caleb Veazey - Student Pastor

Chrissy Stalnaker - Highlands Kids Pastor

Cynthia Beckham - Executive Director

David Cooper - Worship Pastor & Production Director

Highlands Church Ministry Team:

Grace McKinnis - Ministries Coordinator & Executive Assistant

John & Faith McKinnis - Small Group Coordinators


2. We are protected by Trustees.

The Trustees are three members of the congregation who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Senior Pastor Leadership team regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-staff Elders.

Highlands Church Trustees:

Chris Stovall

Jay Reid

Tony Gerena


3. We are Strengthened by overseers.

The Overseers are leaders of nationally respected congregations and ministries who love Highlands Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Senior Pastor if requested by the Pastors or Trustees. The Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.

Highlands Church Overseers:

Pastor Alan Clayton - The Ark Family Church, Texas

Pastor Chad Stafford - Coastal Church, Alabama

Michael Smith - ARC Director of Global Networks, Alabama