STAFF

  • Rev. James Baird – Lead Pastor

    James accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor of Highlands Church on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Both he and his wife Dani were jumping up and down on the bed when they heard that they got to return to Paso Robles and Highlands Church where they first met and fell in love. James and Dani have three kids and a dog named Piper and their little family absolutely loves to sing, eat, play, dance, visit the beach and watch movies. Ten years ago James was a part of the team that first helped found Highlands Church.  Since then, both the Highlands family and James' family have grown considerably.


    Email: james@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: (805) 226-5800

  • Katy Griffin – Pastor of Missions & Congregational Care

    Serving Christ and loving people is Katy's motto. Katy has called Highlands Church home since its beginning. It is her passion to see de-churched people become fully devoted followers of Christ.  


    Katy has studied at Sonoma State University- Nursing degree, Fuller Seminary Extension Courses - Commissioned Lay Pastor, and has completed a Masters Diploma in Biblical Counseling with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Katy serves on our teaching team rotation. She also has served on the local school board for PRJUSD as Board President.  


    Most of the days you can find Katy hanging out with teens at Girl Talk, taking a missions team to go serve and learn or jogging on the streets of Paso. We can't forget that she have two awesome college students Gunnar and Lauren and one very patient and terrific husband Rick :)


    Email: katy@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: (805) 226-5800

  • Ben Kosharek – Director of Worship Arts

    Ben is from Los Osos and is a graduate of Morro Bay High School. He moved to Memphis to study Songwriting/Composition and Biblical Studies at the Visible Music College in 2003, then met his wife to be, Natasha, and got married in her hometown of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. There, they were founding members of a church plant called Epiphany Station, which is still thriving and planting other churches. Ben loves how music is able to bring people closer to God, and each other. He believes God uses art to open parts of people's hearts to Him that are hard to access otherwise. He has been married to Natasha for 14 years, and has two children; Mia 11, and Ian 6.


    Email: ben@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: (805) 226-5800

  • Jan Wiest – Director of Administration

    Jan is a graduate of San Diego State University. She is a native Californian and has lived on the Central Coast for 15 years now with her husband and three children. Jan loves working for Highlands as the Director of Administration.   


    She loves watching God at work here at Highlands and looks forward to her day-to-day duties with God by her side. Stop by and say hello to her anytime here at Highlands!


    Email: janwiest@yahoo.com

    Phone: (805) 226-5800 x203

THE ELDERS – OUR SESSION

Highlands’ Elders are a group of representative members from the congregation that help oversee the operation of the church.  

This group, often called the Session, is moderated by our Lead Pastor.


The Session of Elders meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Highlands Church. For more information, contact Highlands Church.

  • Sada Andrews
    Student Ministries

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  • Darrel Boles

    Equipping & Sending

    class of 2020

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  • Angie Britton

    Children's Ministry

    class of 2019

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  • Robyn Dawley
    Missions

    class of 2020

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  • Joe Iffert

    Hospitality

    class of 2019

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  • JUSTIN SORRENTINO

    OUTREACH

    CLASS OF 2020

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  • george weber

    buildings & Grounds

    class of 2020

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  • Ben swan

    clerk of session

    class of 2021

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  • ryan swarthout

    fellowship

    class of 2021

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  • david escamilla

    worship

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Our Deacons

The Highlands Deacons are here to help! Deacons serve in many ways. They help set up communion, lead the prayer team, call on members, and help arrange meals for those in need. 


If you have a prayer concern or know of someone in need of help, submit your prayer request online or contact the Highlands Deacons via the Church office.


Who Are they?

  • Lana Adame
  • Wendy Clayton
  • Sherry Hageman
  • Dean Harrell
  • Martha Harris
  • Robert Horrell
  • Ann Mihelic
  • Bev Neal
  • Bas & Jennifer Prins
  • Jim & Penny Sabin
  • Cathy Serena
  • Mary Lou Stemper
  • Lynette Wilson