Pastor 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.
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Pastor Jarrod has been serving at Highland since September 2016. Jarrod received his bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University as well as a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Jarrod married his high school sweet heart in February 2011 and have a beautiful daughter and two spunky miniature dachshunds. Jarrod loves the Chicago Cubs, backyard BBQ, hunting/fishing, and spending quality time with his family. Jarrod is passionate about pouring into teens and helping them become life-long disciples of Jesus that make disciples.
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. Jeff graduated from the UW Oshkosh 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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Pastor Sam grew up attending Highland. After studying at Cedarville University and serving at a church in California, he returned to Wausau in June of 2017 and joined the team at Highland. Sam is currently working on a Masters of Divinity through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and oversees the Young Adults ministry at Highland.
Pastor Isaiah came to Highland in 2017 from a small town in northwest Indiana. He and his wife Amy have been married for 12 years; they have 3 energetic boys. Isaiah is a graduate of Newburgh Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Leadership. He has a passion for leading people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus. He loves the Chicago Bears, extreme Christmas decorations, and collecting vinyl records.
Pastor Andrew began serving on staff at Highland in August of 2017. Andrew received his bachelors degrees in Youth Ministry and Christian Education from Cedarville University. He joins our ministry team with a passion for discipleship, teaching, and international missions. He enjoys hiking, reading, a good cup of coffee, and traveling to new places. Andrew's main areas of ministry as an associate pastor involve teaching, overseeing our Children's ministry at the Weston campus, and helping lead our Young Adult's ministry.
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.
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 and earned a ministry license with the EFCA. 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.
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.
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.
Sue grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin. She received a teaching degree from Hope College in Holland, MI. She has lived in Taiwan, South Florida, and Philadelphia before moving to Wausau. Sue has been happily married to Dan since 1989. They have 3 grown sons. She enjoys time with her family, camping, riding bike, and going for walks. She has attended Highland since 1994. Sue is the Director of Women's Ministry and has been on staff since June 2017.
Administrative & support Staff
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.
Jolene began serving on staff as Administrator in 1998 after moving to WI from CA. She has worked in nonprofit management her entire career. Jolene oversees the human resource, finance, website, social media, desktop support and facility coordination of the multiple campuses. 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.
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.
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.
Gretchen has been a long time member of Highland and works part-time assisting in some research for sermons.
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