What We Believe
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.
After that, God increased the church body, which led to the development of a vibrant children's ministry. The growth resulted in a need for additional space, and God provided for the construction of a new sanctuary in 1963 and two educational buildings in 1972.
As shared by a previous pastor, “Highlands Baptist Church, like other great churches, has suffered from disappointments. Yet, with its foundation firmly laid by faith in Jesus Christ, it has emerged stronger and better equipped to do the work of ministry.”
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 Mission and Values
We value the following:
Praise - Because God matters to us.
We practice joyful, celebrative, reflective, and expressed gratitude to the God who saves us, through both private devotion and congregational participation.
Doctrine - Because God matters to us.
Scripture is our standard, and the Spirit is our guide. Bible study with comprehension along with Spirit-lead application is our priority.
Compassion - Because People matter to us.
We have received mercy, and we give mercy to people as a humble act of service.
Prayer - Because Relationship matters to us.
We live in relational dependence on God: asking, listening, and abiding as He accomplishes His will in our midst.
Synergy - Because Love matters to us.
Our people are an eclectic group unified only through Christ and His continued revealed will in our collective experience.
Discipleship - Because Life matters to us.
We endeavor to invest in people through intentional, relational discipleship: learning to love and live like Jesus together.
Discovery - Because Joy matters to us.
Our leadership is there to assist us in learning, experiencing, and expressing the wonderful mercies of God.
Meet Our Team
Chris responded to God's leadership and became the pastor at Highlands Baptist Church in May, 2012. He has served churches of various sizes and makeup across the southeastern portion of the United States. He is passionate about making disciples and has been doing so since 1996. 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 teenage children, Bennett (the Blacksmith), Meredith (the Actress), and Micah (the Athlete), who are growing in their own walks with Christ.
Chris enjoys helping people get involved in God's great work by introducing them to international missions. He has been traveling to Central America and Eastern Europe for many years and gladly shares what God is doing in other nations. Some of his other favorite activities include reading, writing, enjoying the outdoors, and tinkering.
Associate Pastor - Student Ministry
After several years of serving in youth ministry at 2 different churches, Curtis was called to Highlands Baptist Church in August of 2015. He is currently taking classes through Liberty University in pursuit of his Master of Theology degree. He is passionate about teaching students how to live a life that is dedicated to the Lord. Curtis is married to Selena, and they have 2 children, Emmett and Ava Grace. In his free time, Curtis enjoys reading and watching any sports that involve the Florida Gators.
- AGAPE Student Ministry
- Mission Outreach
- The Learning Center
- CENTRO CRISTIANO VIDA
- Digging Deeper Classes
AGAPE Student Ministry
The Learning Center
Digging Deeper Classes
|Sunday Nights, 5:30PM
Learning Church History
Location: Highlands Baptist, Main Sanctuary
A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place
Location: Highlands Baptist, Church Office
Cost: $17 for textbook
Wednesday Afternoons, 1:00 PM
The Excellent Wife
Location: Highlands Baptist, Building 3
Cost: $20 for textbook and workbook