Highlands Kent – Campus & Teaching Pastor Search Update

When we started this process of searching for a Campus & Teaching Pastor with our search firm Slingshot, they prepared us for this process to be a minimum of 3-6 months. It is taking longer than we would like, yet we trust God’s perfect timing. This hire is a strategic position on our staff as a member of our teaching team, participating on the newly expanded Highlands Lead Team (Team Leaders), providing point staff leadership at Highlands Kent, and helping us reach our community for Jesus.

We are actively engaged with our search firm and pushing this hire as a priority. We have been regularly interviewing candidates presented to us and are looking for the right fit who will help us fulfill our mission as a church. Pray as God prepares the heart of the individual He has chosen for our staff team and pray for us as a church family as we trust the Lord’s leading and timing. May we all be open to the new and good things God has in store for us as we celebrate even now what God is doing in our midst. We are praising God for His faithfulness in the story of our church and are trusting in Him.

God is at work – even in this season of turnover and transition. We apologize for our limited communication recently and are taking steps to improve the frequency of our updates. While much is being done, it is much of the same – reviewing candidates. Your grace is appreciated as we are in a unique season; understaffed and growing as a church overall at the same time. Our entire staff is working diligently and is committed to filling the leadership roles well as soon as possible.

In the meantime, let us not lose sight of what God is doing! We are seeing God work in powerful ways through Highlands; specifically the ministry of Highlands Kent. We believe the most exciting and effective days of ministry impact and life are still ahead of us. Please continue to pray specifically with us to this end.

SEARCH Timeline

The purpose of this timeline is to give you an overview of where we are at in the search process. Feel free to check back on this page as the search process continues and we update the timeline below!


What qualities are we looking for in our next Highlands Kent Campus & Teaching Pastor?
We are looking for a leader of leaders who loves Jesus and is passionate about sharing the hope and healing of the gospel in the city of Kent and beyond. We are looking for a great communicator with strong pastoral experience, and the ability to continue the rich tradition of live preaching at Highlands Kent.

Who is leading the search process?
Our Executive Pastor Nick Dalgardno will be leading the search alongside our Lead Pastor Jesse Campbell. Pastor Nick was part of the staff team who planned, launched, and has been a part of the ongoing leadership at Highlands Kent. We are partnering with a Christian search firm and along the way will be gathering critical input from our staff and lay leadership at Highlands Kent.

What is the interim leadership plan at Kent?
Pastor Alex Johnson is currently serving as the Interim Pastor at Highlands Kent! We are thankful for Pastor Alex's leadership, and are looking forward to what God has in store in the coming months.

History and Vision for Highlands Kent

As we enter this season of transition and look towards the future, it is valuable to be reminded of the history and vision for Highlands Kent. Whether you are new to Highlands or have been part of the ministry before the launch of our Kent location, we encourage you to take some time to read more about where we have been, and where we are headed!