We are blessed by the Lord with a number of men that meet the biblical qualifications to be an elder. Although there are many responsibilities of an elder described in Scripture, some elders are called out to focus on governing, which we call the Board of Elders. The Scriptures, Holy Spirit, our Statement of Faith and our Bylaws are the primary means of guidance for the Board, where all decisions are made in unanimity.
Overall, all elders are responsible for the shepherding of the congregation which includes both ruling and teaching (1 Timothy 5:17).
Highlands Family Updates
Our Current Governing Board of Elders:
Mike is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, and lived in Tampa, Florida for around 25 years. He moved to the Seattle area around 10 years ago, and has been involved with Highlands Community Church and the Celebrate Recovery Ministry since that time. He and his wife, Fay, became members at Highlands in 2015. Mike has been in leadership with the Celebrate Recovery Ministry, coached Upward Basketball, and currently serves as a substitute teacher for Elementary classes on Sundays. Prior to Highlands, he has served in leadership at a multicultural church where they helped settle refugees to the US. He works as a recruiter, placing candidates currently in banking, sales, and manufacturing careers. Mike is also a substitute teacher at a private Elementary School in Medina, WA. He enjoys walks, hikes, and gathering with people in groups, or intentional one-on-one time with friends.
Dave became a Christian in 1978 and rededicated his life to the Lord in 1991. He and his wife, Drea, have two grown children, Natalia and Nathan, and have been attending Highlands as a family since 2008. Dave has served for many years as a member of the Highlands Worship Team, and is passionate about leading and encouraging God’s people to worship Him. Over the years, Dave and Drea have served together in Community Groups, prayer teams, and HCC Kid’s ministries. In his free time, Dave enjoys writing, producing and performing music, singing, traveling, skiing, and all things aerospace.
Larry retired in April 2020 after serving for 34 years in church ministry, 23 years at Highlands Community Church, and 11 years at Trinity Church in East Lansing, Michigan as a Church Administrator. Larry and his wife, Karen have been married for 42 years and have four sons and two grandchildren. Larry came to know the Lord through the Navigator ministry while serving in the US Army. During his Christian life he has been active in leading and participating in community ministry, small groups and student ministries. Larry graduated from Michigan State University. He enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and disc golf.
Joseph was born and raised in Spokane Valley, WA. He spent four years in the Marine Corp as a Sergeant directing tactical air traffic in Asia. Joseph is married to his wife Lynette and has 2 sons and 3 daughters. The McLeans have lived in the Kennydale neighborhood for 38 years and have been blessed by the Bible teaching ministry of Highlands for over 25 years. Joseph has taught in the elementary classes at Highlands on Sundays for several years. He also has been a part of leading the teen ministry of Celebrate Recovery in the past.
Ben has been a follower of Jesus since 2004 and a member of Highlands since 2013. He has been part of the teaching team in HCC Kid’s Ministries and adult ministries. He is currently an Accounting Manager and Certified Public Accountant at World Vision. He has also earned a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Fuller Seminary. Ben is married to Laura, and together they have four sons: Nathaniel, Noah, Nehemiah, and Nicholas. Ben and Laura fulfill their family mission of ministering to children with intellectual disabilities by volunteering with Special Hope Network and by caring for their eldest son. Ben enjoys cycling, cooking, and studying God’s Word.
Jim has served as a pastor and for 48 years. His primary spiritual gift is encouragement. He has been married for 51 years to Kathy and has 2 daughters and 3 wonderful grandchildren. Jim retired from traveling the world with a network of churches he was part at the end of 2017. His function at that time was bringing encouragement and to celebrate the churches, missions, and schools. He has been at Highlands Community Church since 2013 and in 2020 served briefly part-time as a pastor at Highlands during a season of transition. He is now happily retired again.
Mike and his wife, Sue have attended Highlands since 1997, raising their family “in the training and instruction of the Lord”. They have enjoyed being married since 1984 and are presently loving their “empty nest.” They have served in children’s, high school, community groups, and other adult ministries. Mike considers himself a foodie, enjoys woodworking, although is allergic to wood. Some of the most life-giving times are those shared with his five sons, four daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. Mike is also passionate about theology. His desire for believers is that they would thrive in their faith especially during their darkest seasons. His greatest privilege is to walk alongside brothers and sisters as their redemption stories are being lived out.
Martin has attended Highlands since 1980. He has been married to his wife Terri since 1984, and they have a son and a daughter. Martin graduated from Western Washington University with a Computer Science degree and has worked in the software development arena for over 40 years. Martin loves studying theology, creating teaching materials, and sharing God’s Word with anyone who will listen.
Mike began attending Highlands in 1999 and has served on the International Ministries team since 2007. During this time, Mike has had the opportunity to travel to numerous countries participating in various ministries. Mike also served as a Community Group leader for many years and as an HCC Kids volunteer. Mike has an MBA and professional experience in project management, program management, and finance. In his free time, he enjoys taking in God’s amazing creation through hiking, camping, and beachcombing with his wife and two kids.
Mike has attended Highlands for the last 20 years. Mike and his wife Keisha have two daughters aged 5 and 3. Primarily, Mike has been involved in student ministries coaching high school and middle school students in understanding God’s Word. He has taught Sunday school and helped engineer sound for Sunday services. His passions are biblical apologetics and teaching. He works as a computer engineer and enjoys photography, science, and board games. He also loves hiking, partly for the views, and partly for deep discussions along the way.
Deacons and Deaconesses
Deacons and Deaconesses act with delegated authority from the Board of Elders in their assigned areas of ministries (Acts 6:1-6) and meet the biblical qualifications.
Documents of Interest
As issues develop that need biblical resolution, study teams are formed to examine the topic and then bring a document to the full Board. Upon approval, the document becomes a Position which then drives Policy and procedure documents that are mostly the domain of staff. A few of the Position statements have been of wide interest:
Contacting the Elders
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