Staff

Pastors  

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Jeff Hinds

Senior Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Pastor Jeff is happily married to his college sweetheart, Betty Ann. Together, God has blessed them with four wonderful children. Family activities and time together are very important in the Hinds' household. Together they enjoy sports, reading, visiting extended family, outdoor activities, and church life. They love being at Highland Community Church! It is a great place to worship God, learn about His word, honor Him with our service, and raise a family. Jeff was educated at Houghton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his doctoral degree.

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steve clements

equipping Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Steve Clements joined Highland's staff in December of 2004. He is an avid outdoorsman, an Eagle Scout, accomplished pilot, and loves the Lord and teens. He comes to Highland after many years of working in para-church ministries and co-leading a youth ministry in a local church. Steve is responsible for the Youth Ministries (grade 6-12) of Highland. 

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ryan jaeger

weston campus associate Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Ryan grew up in the Wausau area and after a number of years in Christian camp ministry came on staff at Highland. He serves the Weston Campus in all things children, leads the Young Adults ministry, and loves reaching out to new families at all of our campus sites.

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dan macdonald

weston campus Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Pastor Dan MacDonald and his family have been attending Highland since 1994. Dan received his bachelors degree from Covenant College in GA and his Master of Arts in religion with a counseling emphasis from Westminster Seminary in PA. Dan's main areas of focus as Associate Pastor involve counseling, working with small groups, visitation, and working with newcomers to Highland.

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Dave mahler

wausau campus Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Pastor Dave Mahler is the Campus Pastor at our Wausau Campus.  He joined our staff in May of 2006.  Dave works in areas of counseling, teaching, custodial staff management, and visitation.

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Ken Moberg

Executive Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Ken was the founding pastor of Highland back in 1985, and stayed for 16 years before assuming statewide responsibilities for the Evangelical Free Church of America. He’s back at Highland now after 9 years away, to provide support and oversight for the staff and ministries. Ken received his education at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Tina have two married daughters and seven grandchildren. They love this church and are glad to be back!

 
 
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Jarrod stichter

student ministries Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Jeff weiss

worship Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Pastor Jeff Weiss has been serving as the Worship Pastor at Highland since 2010. Music has always been a big part of Jeff’s life. As He was growing up, his parents were both music directors at their home church leading the choirs and playing organ for worship services. In high school he was in the choir and formed a rock band with some friends. While in college at UW Oshkosh, Jeff’s pursuits in music changed as His relationship with the Lord became primary in his life through the on campus ministries of Cru and InterVarsity. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Music degree and a desire to use music as a vehicle for God to transform people’s lives and bring glory to Him. A Christian rock band that he formed with friends while in college signed with a small Christian record company in 1996 and produced two CDs. After that group disbanded, Jeff recorded two solo CDs and toured for several years with Christian artists eLi and Mitch McVicker. Through the years he has served the Lord and others through music and ministry in 46 of the 50 United States as well as four other countries. With a love for the local church Jeff has also served in a few different worship director roles since 2005. Jeff is married to his radiant wife Billie and they have three young children. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, visiting state parks (especially in Door County), is an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and is richly blessed by being a part of the worshiping family at Highland. Pastor Jeff primarily oversees the areas of worship, music, and creative arts at Highland.

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Brian whitaker

Marathon campus Pastor

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Brian served as Highland's worship pastor 2003-2010, then returned in 2013 as the Marathon Campus pastor. Brian is a musician, author, and blogger. He earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity in 1996, and was subsequently ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America.

ministry directors

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teri hess

children's ministry director

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Teri began serving on staff at Highland in September of 2011 with a background of working with children for over 20 years.  She and her husband, Clay, have 4 children. Teri enjoys spending time with family, taking long walks, and cheering her kids on at their sporting events.

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janna janke

adult life groups director

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Janna joined Highland’s staff in August of 2013. She comes to us with a background in non-profit management, as well as experience working with at-risk youth. Janna has a passion for working with and serving people, encouraging them to be all that God has called them to be. She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 20 years and loves spending time with her family.

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kirstin mcevoy

Associate children's ministry director

Office: 715-842-5683
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Kirstin grew up in the Wausau area and earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and elementary education from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa. After teaching elementary students locally and internationally in South Korea and China for 13 years, she joined Highland's staff in July, 2014. She loves working with children and seeing them grow in their relationship with Christ through the children’s ministries.

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trudy morice

STUDENT MINistry OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Trudy grew up in the Wausau area and is married to her high school sweetheart, Tony.  They have two biological children along with one practically adopted and loved daughter.  Trudy has worked in youth ministries for over ten years having come on staff at Highland in 2012. As a family they enjoy anything active but specifically downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, biking, hiking, snowshoeing, taking walks, and going to the family cottage.

Administrative & support Staff

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linda aldrich

office secretary

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Linda came on staff in January 2012 and absolutely loves working at Highland. She enjoys the variety of things she does in the front office, including serving attenders, visitors, and the great people she works with. Linda is blessed with an amazing family and is passionate about worshiping and seeking the Lord. 

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Jolene fenwick

administrator

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Jolene began serving on staff as Administrator in 1998 after moving to WI from CA. She has worked in nonprofit management her entire career. As the technology and facility coordination of multiple campuses has grown so has her role in these areas. Jolene is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls and enjoys volunteering in a variety of community groups in addition to running a local horse stable with her family.

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rachael franck

accounts receivable 

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bill larson

facility director

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Kathy Maki

worship coordinator

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Kathy has been attending Highland since 1997.  She joined the staff in 2008 and loves being able to enhance the worship experience of the congregation through visual media.

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Sarah names

student ministries assistant

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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 
 
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debra schonscheck

Accounts Payable Bookkeeper

& worship coordinator

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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 
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brandon welch

technical arts director

Office: 715-842-5683
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Website: www.highlandcommunitychurch.com

 

Brandon grew up in Michigan and came on staff at Highland in 2015. He oversees the many technical aspects of worship such as sound technicians and simulcasts.

 Not Pictured:

Bryan Niemeyer                  Worship Leader                           Sam DeLoye                        Associate Pastor                       Marie Hegna                      Custodian (subcontrator)                   Brennan O’Connell            Grounds Maintenance                       Randy Schultz                   Caretaker (part-time)                         Jason Fischer                    Chair Set-Up (part-time)                 Jennifer Anderson             Custodian (part-time)                         Gretchen Christenson       Researcher (part-time)