APRIL 2018

Thank you for your continued prayers for the Lead Pastor search and transition process. We are excited about the progress the Search Team has made, and want to share some new ways that you can be praying during this significant time in the life of our church family!

Following Pastor Jim’s announcement of upcoming retirement, and after many months of planning by the Elders, the Search Team began their work in December of last year in partnership with our Search Firm, to find the next Lead Pastor of HCC. In the months since, we have been blessed with a high level of interest in the Lead Pastor position at Highlands, and a large number of candidates from across the country. The Search Team and Elders have been processing candidates and are now prayerfully working to discern God’s will as to who is the leader He would have for us.

We invite you to be praying in the following ways:

Please pray for the Search Team, our partner Search Firm, Staff and Elders for continued wisdom, clarity, and unity during this critical season.

Please pray for Jim and Lauri Amandus, as they continue to serve and lead with faithfulness, grace, and excellence. Pray that God will bless them as they seek to finish well and wrap up nearly 30 years of faithful service at Highlands.

Please pray for the leader God will call for the Lead Pastor position, that God will be working in their heart and preparing them for the season of ministry ahead.

Please pray for our church family and community during this time of transition. We are praising God for the incredible ways we continue to witness His grace and blessing, and look forward with faith and anticipation of how God will continue to work in the days to come!

For continued updates, we invite you to visit this page, highlandscc.org/lead-pastor-search. Likewise, if you have any questions, we invite you to take a look at the FAQs or submit a question using the online form provided.


Since 1946, Highlands Community Church has been a “light on the hill”, sharing the good news of Jesus with our community, leading children, students, and adults to be passionate disciples of Christ. We have been richly blessed by the Lord.

In the entire 70+ year history of our church, we have had only two Lead Pastors! (Pastor Wally Wilson and me). It is with bold faith and expectation that I share with you now, the next chapter for Highlands. Starting in the early months of 2018, we will publicly begin the search process for my successor, the third Lead Pastor of Highlands Community Church. With much prayer and many prior months of planning, our elder board, senior leadership and I have identified this to be the appropriate timing to begin my transition and to engage in this search.

As I look back on nearly 30 years of ministry at Highlands, it is clear to see the faithfulness of God. I am filled with gratitude for the incredible ways He has worked in and through our church family, including story after story of lives transformed by the power of the gospel. I truly believe that the best days of Highlands still lie ahead, as we continue unwaveringly in our commitment to help people find and follow Jesus!

On this page you will find helpful resources, including frequently asked questions, which I encourage you to read over as you process this news and follow along with our Lead Pastor search in the days ahead.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Jim 


Lamentations 3:22-23 - The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


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