About Us


We are a gospel-centered community on a mission to make disciples of all nations.



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.


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.


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. 


Chris Lewis, Lead Pastor

Chris joined the staff team at Highland in March 2020 after serving for seventeen years among two other local churches. He and his wife (Teressa) have two children, and together, they enjoy actively investing in the lives of others through the Gospel.

David Thomas, Worship Pastor

David serves as our worship pastor. He is a Columbus native and has been on staff at Highland for over 30 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 and 2 grandsons. David and his family all have a passion for leading God’s people in worship. 

Joran Braughton, Student Pastor

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.