About Us

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

We are a gospel-centric community on a mission to make diciples of all nations.

OUR CORE VALUES

Gospel

Everything begins with the gospel. It is the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and it is our only hope. The gospel is the power of God, so everything we do as a church centers on the gospel.

Community

Everyone needs a community. When Jesus died, he died to form a community of disciples…the church. God designed this community as the space where we grow best.

Mission

We are created and redeemed for mission. Every single person has been designed for mission. God designed us to follow him, and then commit ourselves to his mission to make disciples of all nations. 

OUR BELIEFS

Highland Baptist Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The following is based on the Baptist Faith and Message, a detailed explanation of the biblical beliefs held by Southern Baptists.

The Danvers Statement is an exposition of what the Bible teaches about God’s unique design for men and women, written by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Below are the affirmations of the statement, all of which we have endorsed as a church. 

OUR LEADERSHIP

David Thomas, Worship Pastor

david.thomas@hbcgc.org

David serves as our worship pastor. He is a Columbus native and has been on staff at Highland for over 29 years. He has a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Ellie, have 3 adult children: Christina, Jonathan and Stephanie. David and his family all have a passion for leading God’s people in worship.

Joran Braughton, Student Pastor

joran.braughton@hbcgc.org

Joran has served as student pastor at Highland since 2014. He and his wife, Allie have two sons, Josiah and Titus. Both Joran and Allie have a passion to make disciples among our students. He grew up in Grove City, Ohio. He is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.