Much has occurred over the last two weeks. Here are several important pieces of information that you need to be aware of.
- Worship services and Prayer Meeting – This week, we will not be meeting in person for worship. We ask that you check your email for more information and the link to a message from Pastor Chris on Sunday.
- Sunday School – We will also be hosting a zoom meeting for Sunday School so that we can gather together digitally. The link for you to join our specific conference will be included both the weekly email and a separate email for you to login.
- Other Scheduled events – All of our scheduled events through April have been postponed. We will let you know rescheduled dates when when have them.
- Learning Center and After School Program – We desire to minister to our community. Our class sizes are in the 10 ratio. We will ask volunteers to assist in our after care program so we can comply with the request of 10 or less.
Again, this is the update as of March 26, 2020. We will post updates on our website. Please check often for new information. If and when recommendations become more as mandates, we have a strategy in place to accommodate our Family of Faith.
Pastor Chris Gilliam
Are you planning a visit to Highlands and want to know what to expect? You’re in the right place. At Highlands, you will find a body of believers that are willing to help and point you in the right direction.
A typical Sunday morning at Highlands starts with Small Groups (Sunday school) at 9:30AM where we have a variety of classes to fit any stage of life from babies and toddlers (Bldg. 2) to senior adult classes (Bldg. 3).
During our worship service, that starts at 10:45AM, you will find a praise band that leads congregational worship through modern contemporary songs and traditional hymns followed by the preaching of Gods word through the Lead Pastor.
Children in grades Kindergarten thru 4th grade are dismissed during the sermon portion of the worship service to our Children’s Church but if you would like your children to stay with you, you are welcome to keep them with you.
As you visit us, we want you to know that you can dress however you like, and you will find a variety of dress styles at Highlands. We would love to have you join us this Sunday to worship together.
AGAPE Student Ministry is for students in Middle School through College.
We meet on Sunday Nights 5:30PM – 7:00PM in the AGAPE Student Room which is located upstairs in Building 3.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Pastor Curtis at email@example.com
Highlands has a long history of exceptional early childhood education that started in 1962. We are happy that the Learning Center can meet an important need in our community by providing loving, Christ-centered care and teaching for young children through kindergarten. For more information, please call 352-694-2194 or check out their website at hbclearningcenterocala.org
At Highlands, we know that our children are the future and we want to invest in them. We have Sunday Groups for infants through fifth grade and Children’s Church during the sermon portion of the Worship Service for K-4th grade.
Chris responded to God’s leadership and became the pastor at Highlands Baptist Church in May, 2012 and he loves helping people grow in their relationship with Jesus. Chris is married to Alicia, who assists him in his ministry and disciples others as well. They have three children, Bennett, Meredith, and Micah, who are growing in their own walks with Christ.
Curtis was called to Highlands Baptist Church in August of 2015 and his passion is teaching students how to live a life that is dedicated to the Lord. Curtis is married to Selena and they have three children, Emmett, Ava Grace and Keegan. In his free time, Curtis enjoys reading, playing bass guitar and watching any sports that involve the Florida Gators.
Matt was called to lead worship at Highlands in August of 2017. He is passionate about music and serving the Lord using his musical talent and creativity. He is married to Lindsey and they have two children, Levi and Eden.
Children’s Ministry Director
Wife and sanity assistant to Pastor Chris. Mom to three homeschooled geniuses. Zookeeper to an adorable herd of Highland’s toddlers. Battle Strategy Consultant to some fabulous children’s teachers.
Pastor Robert is the leader of the Highlands Spanish speaking members that meet at 12PM upstairs in the Sanctuary.
Pastor Jude is the leader of our Haitian members that meet upstairs in Building 3. He was called to ministry at Highlands in 2015 and has been serving faithfully ever since.
Learning Center Director
Lisa has been in the field of early education since August 1990. After moving to the Ocala area she began her service in this ministry in January 1999 as a teacher and then became the Director of our Learning Center in January 2008. She is married with three children that she loves dearly.
We believe that iron sharpens iron at Highlands, and so we strive to give men opportunities to connect with and help each other grow.
Once a month we meet for dinner and fellowship followed by a devotional to encourage one another and we would love to have you meet with us!
The cost is $6 at the door and you can sign up by contacting the church office or clicking here.
We are hopeful we can resume meeting in April.
At this time, due to the coronavirus, we are postponing all of our scheduled events and will only be meeting as a body for worship on Sundays and prayer on Wednesdays.
What We Believe
God, who created us, longs for us to know Him. Creation declares God to us, the Bible informs us of God’s works, Christ shows God to us, and the Holy Spirit empowers us to know God relationally. We affirm the totality of the Bible as God’s authoritative word to us and His Spirit as the teacher of His word. Our doctrinal statement is briefly declared in the Baptist Faith and Message.
Our heritage begins in the heart of God.
In 1956, God moved Rev. Earl Stallings to envision a new work in the Highlands area of Ocala. Then God called a group of members from First Baptist Church to make that vision a reality. When Highlands Baptist Church held its first Sunday service, eighty-eight members committed to join together with God and each other to form a new local body of believers.
Today, members at Highlands are excited to see God at work through the church as a whole and in individual lives. Through God’s continued provision, they are coming together to renovate and repair the facilities, even as God is working to bring freedom and healing to people’s hearts through relationship with Himself.
Our Lord gave us a simple mandate – Make Disciples. We express our mission as Investing the transforming love of Christ. We do that by loving God enough to invest ourselves in growing in relationship with Him and investing this love in others.
We value the following:
Praise – Because God matters to us.
Doctrine – Because God matters to us.
Compassion – Because People matter to us.
Prayer – Because Relationship matters to us.
Synergy – Because Love matters to us.
Discipleship – Because Life matters to us.
Discovery – Because Joy matters to us.