Our Story

Pastor Chris Hodges dreamed of planting a church with a simple goal—to help people connect with God so that they might reach their full potential. With the help of the initial Dream Team, 34 people committed to seeing this dream become a reality, Church of the Highlands began February 4, 2001. That Sunday, more than 350 people attended the first service at the Fine Arts Center of Mountain Brook High School in Birmingham, Alabama.

From the beginning, Church of the Highlands has focused on reaching those who do not know God personally and building relationships through Small Groups. The life—giving message of the Gospel, the passion and joy of Sunday services, and the simple style of Highlands brought immediate growth. In our first year, the church grew to 600 people in weekly attendance, and 371 people committed their lives to Christ. At the same time, we helped plant six other churches and gave nearly a quarter of our income to missions.

Today, thousands of people attend Church of the Highlands at multiple campuses all over the state of Alabama. We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to seek God with passion.

A Timeline of Our Story

Our Vision for What’s Ahead

Our purpose is to reach people with the life-giving message of Jesus that they might become fully devoted followers of Christ. We filter every idea, program, and budget request through this vision.

Our Purpose