Pastors

Brett Pitman
Lead Pastor

brett_pitman_pastorBrett joined the staff of Highland Park in June of 2006. He became the Lead Pastor in August of 2010. Prior to coming to HPBC, he spent 11 years working in Student Ministry. Raised in a pastor’s home, Brett gave his life to Christ at the age of 15. He surrendered to God’s call in ministry about six months later. Brett’s passion in ministry is connecting Christ-followers in the local church with God’s activity throughout the world. In addition to serving at Highland Park, he also serves on the Board of Directors of Shoals Sav-a-Life, as well as the Board of Directors of Plant West Partners, a church-planting network committed to planting churches in the West. He has been married for thirteen years to his wife, Taryn. They reside in Muscle Shoals with their three children, Clay, Noah and Abby.
     

Jeff Beech
Worship Arts Pastor

Jeff-BeechJeff has served as HPBC’s Worship Arts Pastor since 2008. He leads worship at each of Highland Park’s four Sunday worship services, and oversees planning and preparation of musicians and other personnel for worship services, including the worship choir, worship singers and bands. He also produces our annual “Christmas with Highland Park” event that includes a wide array of musicians, actors, dancers and technical artists. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Middle Tennessee State University, and spent 10 years as a music educator before answering God’s call to vocational ministry in 1993. He served at churches in Tennessee and Kentucky before coming to Muscle Shoals. He and his wife, Mary, live in Muscle Shoals and have 3 children – Max (21), Maggie (19), and Graham (15).
   

James Taylor
Life Transformation Pastor

James-TaylorJames leads our community group and discipleship ministries. He joined the staff team in June 2011. Prior to coming to HPBC, James spent 5.5 years as a senior pastor and 8 years in student ministry. He came to Christ at the age of 18 while a freshmen at the University of Arkansas. James is married to Kara, and they have two gorgeous daughters (Hailey & Hannah). He holds a BS degree from the University of Arkansas, a Masters of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern as well.
     

Steve Flippo
Kingdom Advancement Pastor

Steve-FlippoSteve is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (83) and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (91). His wife of 29 years is Cala. They have 4 children: Josh, Joe, Sarah Beth, and Sam, all who grew up in South Africa while they served as IMB missionaries there for 9 years. In October of 2012, the Lord led him to serve at Highland Park as Kingdom Advancement Pastor & College Pastor. His life verse is Luke 9:23, “Then Jesus said to the all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’” His desire is to see people from every tongue, tribe, and nation (regardless of their age) enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and worship Him as Lord.
     

Trey Kitchings
Student Pastor

Trey-KitchingsTrey and his wife Holly joined the Highland Park staff team in April of 2012. They are parents to Macey Kitchings, aka Ace, a German Shorthaired Pointer. Trey’s favorites are the Florida Gators, the Tampa Bay Rays, Outback Steakhouse, Chipotle, and Hillsongs United. His favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
     

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