Today Church of the Highlands ministers to more than 20,000 people in weekly attendance with campuses across the state of Alabama. Our story begins with the dream of planting a church with a simple goal: help people connect with God in a church without letting structures and programs get in the way.
Pastor Chris moves to Birmingham and builds the Dream Team—a group of 34 people committed to seeing the dream of Church of the Highlands become a reality.
On February 4, Church of the Highlands holds its first service at Mountain Brook High School with 400 people in attendance. The church continues to grow over the next few years.
In need of space for offices and a place to meet on Wednesday Nights, Highlands occupies the Greystone office complex off of Highway 280.
On August 17, Highlands experiments with its first video service at the Greystone office complex.
Highlands breaks ground for a new facility on Grants Mill Road in Birmingham.
On April 9, the Riverchase Campus opens with more than 700 people in attendance on the first Sunday, and the vision of having one church in multiple locations becomes a reality.
On February 11, Highlands launches a campus in Auburn and is welcomed by more than 700 people. Eventually the Auburn campus opens a new facility on Samford Avenue in the spring of 2013.
On June 3, construction of the Grants Mill Campus is completed and Highlands experiences unprecedented growth.
On September 9, the Tuscaloosa Campus becomes a reality, and Highlands now has a presence in both major college cities in Alabama.
On February 10, Highlands En Español is launched at the Riverchase Campus.
In July, Highlands opens the Birmingham Dream Center and Christ Health Center in Woodlawn.
On September 6, the Greystone Campus opens at Greystone Elementary School and quickly begins to grow. In December 2012, the campus moves to its new facility on Highway 119, serving the communities along the US Highway 280 corridor.
On August 15, the Montgomery Campus begins with more than 1,000 people in attendance at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center inside the renowned Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery.
On August 15, Highlands launches the Online Campus to reach more people across the globe with the life-giving message of Jesus.
Highlands launches the Grow Network with one purpose in mind: to help churches. Grow is the mechanism that enables Highlands to reach out to other churches by teaching them the systems, structures and principles that have worked at Highlands over the years.
In March, the Woodlawn Campus opens and functions as the outreach hub to our city, attracting hundreds of people who live in the communities nearby.
In the fall, Highlands Worship releases its first album, Place of Freedom.
The Fultondale Campus launches in February to serve the needs of the communities in north Jefferson County.
After years of growth within the walls of Highlands, MOTION Student Conference moves to the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. MOTION continues to expand year after year, fulfilling its vision of bringing local church youth groups together to worship, pray, and focus on one thing—a generation united for Jesus, putting their faith into MOTION one step at a time.
In February, Highlands expands to the city of Huntsville, meeting at Columbia High School.
Construction begins on the Highlands Chapel, located on the Grants Mill campus. Created to serve generations of Highlands members, the Chapel hosts wedding ceremonies, funeral and memorial services, water baptism services, and Sunday services with a more traditional style worship.
In the spring, Highlands expands to the cities of Alabaster and Opelika, broadening the reach of the Riverchase and Auburn campuses.
Reaching Higher Heights
As we move forward, our hope is to see more lives changed through the gift of salvation, more relationships built through small groups, and more people discovering their purpose as they serve others and become the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities.