Why We Exist
We're here to help people Know God, Find Freedom, Discover their Purpose, and Make a Difference.
Whether you're new to church, have been a Christian for many years, or are looking for a fresh start, you're welcome here. Our hope is to give you a place where you experience a fresh, enjoyable connection to God and a community of people.
We keep our focus simple so we can have the biggest impact possible. Everything we do as a church is filtered through our focus on helping every person live the full life for which God created all of us.
Learn about the different areas of our church.
We believe all of us have a personal responsibility to share our faith with others. Learn how simple evangelism can be and how you can effectively reach others with the message of Jesus.
It's important for us here at Highlands to care well for you. Learn how we support people day-to-day and care for individuals and couples in crisis.
Know GodWeekend Services
God wants to know us personally. More than just practicing religion, He wants a relationship with us. Our weekend services are where we focus on that relationship. Whether you're new to faith, have questions, or have been a Christ follower for a long time, our services are a safe place to learn more about what it means to know God and grow closer to Him.
Find FreedomSmall Groups
One of the ways God designed for us to live in freedom is to have people in our life to help us in the journey. Connecting with others in Highlands Small Groups is a practical and enjoyable way to find that kind of life-changing community.
Discover PurposeGrowth Track
We're all an important part of God's plan, and our life will never make sense until we discover our purpose. The Highlands Growth Track is designed to help us take steps in the important process of discovering our purpose, and there are opportunities to attend weekly at every Highlands location.
Make a DifferenceDream Team
This is God's ultimate plan for our life--to make a difference in the lives of others. When we do, the Bible tells us we will experience joy. Through the Highlands Dream Team, we hope to connect every person to an opportunity to live out their calling by using their gifts and talents to serve others in the church and the community.
Chris Hodges is the founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands. Since it began in 2001, Highlands has grown to have campuses across the state of Alabama, and we're known for our life-giving culture and focus on leading people to an intimate relationship with God.
Pastor Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. He co-founded ARC (Association of Related Churches) in 2001, which has launched hundreds of churches across the United States. He also founded Grow, specializing in training and resourcing pastors and churches to help them break barriers and reach their growth potential. Chris is also the founder and Chancellor of Highlands College, a ministry training school that trains and launches students into full-time ministry careers.
Chris and his wife Tammy have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began. He speaks at conferences worldwide and is the author of Fresh Air, Four Cups, The Daniel Dilemma,What’s Next?, Out of the Cave, and Pray First.