Brian has served as the Pastor of Highland since June, 1995. His previous pastorates include Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Citronelle, AL ('79-'85), Cold Springs Baptist Church in Collins, MS ('85-'89) and First Baptist Church of Glendale in Hattiesburg, MS ('89-'95). Brian recieved a BA in Religion at Mobile College (now University of Mobile) and a MDiv. in Biblical Studies at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. A native of Jasper, AL, Brian met his wife Carla, a native of Panama City, FL, while both were attending Mobile College. They married in 1981 and are the parents of two sons, Joseph and Daniel. Their sons along with their wonderful daughter-in-laws have launched Brian and Carla into the fantastic world of grandparenting with two fabulous granddaughters, Stella and Payce. Brian enjoys teaching and preaching the Word of God. His desire is to see people come to know Christ and learn to become effective workers in God's Kingdom.
Family and Discipleship Pastor
Hardin began leading our Student Ministry at Highland since December of 2012. He has a heart for teenagers and is in charge of leading, coordinating, and disciplining the Highland Baptist Student Ministry. Hardin has a degree in Biblical Studies from Mississippi College and a Masters of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Hardin is happily married to Juli Crowder. In November of 2018, Hardin transitioned from the role of Student Ministry into the role of Family and Discipleship Pastor. Hardin has a strong heart for Discipleship and it is his desire to strengthen the church in knowledge, faith, and love.
WORSHIP PASTOR AND FAMILY MINISTRIES ASSOCIATE
Hunter began serving as Worship Pastor/Family Ministries Associate for Highland Baptist Church since November 2018. He has been serving as a Worship Leader in various capacities since High School, serving as student worship intern in different local churches, as well as the Hinds BSU. He has received a BA in Christian Studies from Mississippi College and a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Both Hunter and his wife, Ellie, are originally from Vicksburg, and the city holds a special place in their hearts. They have two beautiful daughters, Laney and Emmalyn. Hunter is passionate about creating music, regularly writing in different outlets, and he loves to play the trumpet and learn new instruments. He treasures the gift of being able to lead the congregation of Highland Baptist Church in the praise and honoring of God through music.
CHILDREN'S MINISTER AND CHURCH SECRETARY
Ellie began serving as the Childrens Minister and Church Secretary in November of 2018. Ellie grew up in Vicksburg, MS and has always had a passion for children’s ministry, serving others, and the local church. She graduated from Mississippi College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. After teaching music for a year, she surrendered to the call of ministry. She and her husband Hunter have 2 precious daughters, Laney and Emmalyn. Ellie loves making music with her husband, trying new Pinterest recipes, and spoiling her basset hound, Tucker.
STUDENT MINISTRY INTERN
Michael began serving as the Student Ministry Intern in September of 2018, and has since taken on the teaching and discipleship responsibilities for the Student Ministry at Highland Baptist Church. Michael was born and raised in Pontotoc Mississippi. He currently attends Mississippi College in Clinton Mississippi where he is pursuing a Christian Studies degree. He pans is to graduate in May of 2020. Michael is engaged to Laine Walker and will be married in May of 2019. Michael has a heart for students and wants to see them grow in their walk with God.