Leading the way – Our Staff & Elders

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– Our Staff –

  • Rev. James Baird – Lead Pastor

    Rev. James Baird accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor of Highlands Church on Sunday, January 15, 2017. James and his family will be transitioning to Paso Robles in the next few weeks and will officially begin his new role in February. Join us as we welcome James, Dani, and their three children in these next few months.

    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

  • Kevin Kaub – Director of Student Ministries

    Kevin Kaub comes to us from Northern California, though he’s lived in Louisiana and Massachusetts as well. After High School in Santa Cruz, Kevin finished an engineering degree from UC Davis in 2003 and followed God’s call to full-time ministry. He has over 10 years of ministry experience and has a Masters in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. 

    Kevin loves helping people, particularly students, know and experience God’s transformational grace and truth. He believes God can use young people to change the world and he desires to help individuals live out their unique gifts for God’s Glory. Whether speaking, teaching, leading musical worship, organizing fun events, or sharing life one-on-one, Kevin’s goal is to encourage others to be life-long disciples of Jesus.

    With a sense of adventure, a love for learning, and an appreciation for culture, Kevin enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, making music, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Kevin enjoys living close to his sister and parents who reside near San Luis Obispo.

    Email: kevin@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: 805.226.5800

  • Ben Kosharek – Director of Worship Arts

    Ben Kosharek is from Los Osos and is a graduate of Morro Bay High School. Go Pirates! After a few years at Cuesta College, Ben moved to Memphis to study Songwriting/Composition and Biblical Studies at the Visible Music College. He met his wife to be, Natasha, and got married in her hometown of Thief River Falls, Minnesoooota. There, they were part of the founding leaders of a church plant called Epiphany Station, which is still thriving and planting other churches.

    Ben loves the challenge of using music 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 grew up sitting in the drum cage behind his Dad in church, and watching his mom play keys. Both still play at their church in Prescott Valley, AZ. He earned his stripes playing in college groups, bars and rock bands in the SLO area, but has found his most joy pairing his love of music with his love of God.

    Ben has been married to Natasha since July 31st, 2004, and has two children; Mia 7, and Ian 2. If he’s not on the clock, you’ll find him fixing something at home, surfing, or watching the Lakers.

    Email: ben@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: 805.226.5800

  • Cathy Serena – Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Cathy Serena grew up in a baseball family in Hayward California. Her father played for the Chicago Cubs in the early 50's and then scouted for the Atlanta Braves and Florida Marlins. She attended Sacramento State University, where she worked summers in Yosemite. In 1972, Cathy moved to Paso Robles and later graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a degree in Child Development and a clear credential in Multiple Subject Education. 

    Cathy has been teaching Kindergarten at Templeton Elementary School for 29 years and has loved every moment of it. Prior to teaching at the elementary level, Cathy was the director of the Paso Robles Co-op Preschool for 13 years. Her passion for teaching has brought her to Highlands where she Coordinates the Children's Ministry Program. Volunteers are always welcome in this ministry so contact her if you are interested in helping teach in Adventureland.

    Cathy also enjoys gardening, playing golf, traveling, watching sports, especially baseball, football and Nascar. On a more personal note, blessed with 2 grown children Kevin and Carrie and a new baby granddaughter, Cathy is excited for the future of her growing family and Highlands Church. Come check us out and feel God's Spirit moving throughout!

    Email: cathy@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

  • Alycia Payne – Administrative Assistant

    Originally from Bakersfield, California, Alycia has a love for California and the Central Coast. Alycia spent some time in Michigan, but her love for the Golden State led her back to the Central coast. 

    She is a recent graduate from Liberty University's Online program where she obtained a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling, also obtaining a minor in Biblical Studies. Alycia has a passion for pointing people to the hope, love, grace, and truth that is found in Jesus Christ. 

    A friendly smile and a welcoming personality, Alycia serves as our Administrative Assistant. Stop by and say hi anytime!

    Email: alycia@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: 805.226.5800

  • Jill Alexander – Events Coordinator & Set DesigNER

    Jill loves getting together with friends over coffee or dinner - anytime! Jill is a native from Paso Robles, born and raised. She spent her 20's in Santa Barbara where she met her husband, Dustin. They have two children, Sage 17 and Porter 3 yrs old. 

    Jill wears many hats at Highlands Church while serving as our Events Coordinator/Set Designer. She relies heavily on the volunteers who provide tireless hours of service . She handles organizing all events at our place of worship - she admits without hesitation, that volunteers are how it really happens! 

    If you have a gift and would like to be a part of a volunteer team, please email Jill Alexander and she will have a place where you fit in and feel a sense of belonging to our church family. 

    Email: jill@highlandsadventure.org

    Phone: 805.226.5800


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

  • Angie Britton

    Children's Ministry

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  • Darrel Boles

    Equipping & Sending

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  • Michelle Galles

    Personnel chair

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  • Carol Horrell
    Clerk & Personnel

    class of 2018

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  • Joe Iffert


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  • Roy Jeter

    Worship arts

    Class of 2018

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  • Bob Limone
    Community Life

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  • Robyn Dawley

    class of 2020

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  • Sada Andrews
    Student Ministries

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  • george weber

    buildings & Grounds

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