Officers at Highlands

The officers of Highlands Presbyterian Church consist of a body of Teaching and Ruling Elders called the Session, and a body of Deacons called the Diaconate.





The Role of Elders

The man who fills it has in Scripture different titles expressive of his various duties. As he has the oversight of the flock of Christ, he is termed bishop or pastor. As it is his duty to be grave and prudent, an example to the flock, and to govern well in the house and Kingdom of Christ, he is termed presbyter or elder. As he expounds the Word, and by sound doctrine both exhorts and convinces the gainsayer, he is termed teacher. These titles do not indicate different grades of office, but all describe one and the same office. He that fills this office should possess a competency of human learning and be blameless in life, sound in the faith and apt to teach. He should exhibit a sobriety and holiness of life becoming the Gospel. He should rule his own house well and should have a good report of them that are outside the Church. It belongs to those in the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to his charge (From the PCA Book of Church Order). 

The Role of Deacons

The office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation. In matters of special importance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the approval of the Session and consent of the congregation. In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the supervision and authority of the Session (From the PCA Book of Church Order). 

The Pastors (Teaching Elders)

The Rev. Joseph Wheat, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Bradford Mercer, Senior Associate Pastor

The Rev. Lee Hutchings, Assistant Pastor

The Rev. Devin Kahan, Assistant Pastor

The Session (Ruling Elders)

Jim Brown                                   Kent Meadows

Shannon Carroll                         Ford Mosby

Craig Crosland                            Billy Mounger

Carroll Dew                                  Clay Parker

Richard Dixon                             Jim Pettis

Hap Farber                                   Kevin Russell

David Fowler                               Monty Simpkins

Peder Johnson                             Kevin Simpson

Scott Jones                                   Bill Tew

Chuck McBride                            Trey Toler

Bill McDonald                              Ron Veazey

Mac McGehee                               Will Watson

Max Yates

The Diaconate (Deacons)

Randy Assink                               Scott Harrison

Jay Austin                                    Gary Heine

Matthew Bailey                           Chip Johnson

Nathan Beavers

Chris Burgess                               Matt Mills

Trent Butler                                  Bo Miller

Bryan Clay

Trey Copeland

Jerry Eichelberger                      Andy Sensing

Bill Sigler                                      Greg Mann

Craig Eversole                             Chandler Strain

Thomas Gandy                            Rik Tice

Mike Green                                  John Travis

Steve Weeks

To contact a Pastor, Ruling Elder, or Deacon please call 601-853-0636 or email