LEADING THE WAY – OUR STAFF & ELDERS

  • 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

  • Cami Hughes– Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Camille was raised in the Adelaide area of Paso Robles on a ranch and vineyard. Being the daughter of a doctor and licensed clinical social worker, Cami knew the value of spirituality to the overall wellbeing of a person early on in life and decided to study Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. From there, Cami traveled around the country and the world doing various jobs from firefighting to trail maintenance, ranch-hand work and finally settling in Hawaii at a non-profit, Christian humanitarian organization. Cami helped run a leadership school for college students and was the women's mentor for many of the volunteer staff. She moved home in April of 2015 to be near family again. During the past two and a half years, Cami met the love of her life, now husband, John Hughes. Currently she is taking classes for a Masters of Arts in Leadership and Christian Ministry and working as the interim Children's Volunteer Coordinator as well as a Christian Arts Foundation, Cantinas on Park. Eventually Cami desires to use her talent in singing to mentor young musicians and students in a college setting in character development and leadership


    Email: camille@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. Currently, she is working on her Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. 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

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.

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    Student Ministries

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  • Darrel Boles

    Equipping & Sending

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  • Angie Britton

    Children's Ministry

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  • Robyn Dawley
    Missions

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  • Michelle Galles

    Personnel chair

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  • JERRY HARRIS

    FINANCE

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  • Carol Horrell
    Clerk OF SESSION

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    Worship arts

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