On Easter Sunday, April 16th, 2006 Highlands Church held a 9am Sunrise Service. That first worship service brought over 180 people from the local community to a hillside that was then referred to as "The Hill Across From Walmart." Because of the unconventional 9am time for having a Sunrise Service, Highlands was quickly identified as the "out-of-the-box" church. The very next Sunday Highlands had it's first regular Sunday meeting at the Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles, CA with 60 adults and kids attending.
With a strong emphasis on connecting real, everyday people with God, Highlands had multiple community outreach activities that summer. By the Fall of 2006, Highlands Church was a vibrant new community, devoted to following Jesus Christ. Highlands met in the Park Cinemas movie theater for 3 years and then moved into the current building on Oak Hill Road in January 2009.
On May 16, 2015, Highlands became a fully chartered “Community Church” within the Presbyterian Church (USA). This milestone empowered members of Highlands to have a voice and a vote and also grants significant authority to Highlands’ Elders.