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. Devin Kahan, Assistant Pastor

The Rev. Billy Meenan, Assistant Pastor

The Session (Ruling Elders)

Jim Brown

Shannon Carroll

Craig Crosland

Carroll Dew

Richard Dixon

Hap Farber

Peder Johnson

Scott Jones

Chuck McBride

Bill McDonald

Mac McGehee

Kent Meadows

Billy Mounger

Clay Parker

Jim Pettis

Clark Robinson

Kevin Russell

Monty Simpkins

Kevin Simpson

Bill Tew

Trey Toler

Ron Veazey

Will Watson

Max Yates

The Diaconate (Deacons)

Randy Assink

Jay Austin

Matthew Bailey

Nathan Beavers

Barr Biggs

Trent Butler

Todd Clark

Bryan Clay

Trey Copeland

Ben Edwards

Jerry Eichelberger

Craig Eversole

Ryan Farmer

Thomas Gandy

Mike Green

David Harbaugh

Michael Hawkins

Gary Heine

Chip Johnson

Matt Mills

Bo Miller

Andy Sensing

Chandler Strain

John Travis

Steve Weeks

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