Family: He grew up in the foothills of North Carolina but got to Texas as soon as God allowed! He has a wonderful wife, Jenny, and an adorable son, Thomas.
Education: TW got his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Milligan College, located in East Tennessee. He got his Masters of Arts in Religion from Kentucky Christian University.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: TW loves macaroni and cheese, pizza, and wings. You can often find him hanging out wherever good food abounds!
Favorite Sports Team: His favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers, Duke basketball, the Atlanta Braves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs by association.
Bible Verse: The bearded TW has an affinity for the words of Samson, which say: “If I am shaved, then my strength will leave me and I will become weak and be like any other man.” Judges 16:17b
Something most people don’t know about him: One of his goals is to visit all 30 of the Major League Baseball stadiums. Working on it... only a handful left!
Why does he love Highpoint? TW loves our Church community and the way that we are a tribe that encourages, meets needs, and truly loves one another for who we are.
Family: Amy has been married to Brian, her high school sweetheart, since 1993 and has two grown sons (JP and Hunter) who each live a few short hours away. Amy is a native Texan and is blessed to have her mother and sister nearby.
Education: Amy received her BA in Psychology from UTSA, her MA in Human Services- Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University and her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Liberty University. She is certified as a Christian Life Coach and as a Christian Counselor.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: Amy loves eating out (hates to cook), so there are many! She and Brian can often be seen at The Grove, Lupe Tortilla, or trying various downtown restaurants.
Favorite Sports Team: The University of Texas, San Antonio Spurs, and the Dallas Cowboys.
Bible Verse(s): Colossians 3:12-16, "Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful".
What most people don't know about her: Amy is terrified of birds. The staff checked- it's serious.
Why does she love Highpoint? Amy loves the REAL connections and the honesty that is displayed at Highpoint. People are loved and deep relationships are formed.
Married his wife, Caitlin, in 2008. They have two sweet little boys, Levi and William, and Jonesy is their family furry throw pillow.
Education: Tyler graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Worship Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University.
Favorite Food/ Restaurant: Tyler is not picky. Just asks that you don’t put mushrooms in it.
Favorite Music/ Artist:
Phil Wickham, Shane & Shane, All Sons & Daughters, Needtobreathe, Ben Rector, Coin, Dayglow and Jimmy Eat World.
Favorite Sports team: Hook’em Horns! Michigan Wolverines, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Minnesota Vikings. (Or just the underdog)
Free time activity: Loves watching TV shows and playing video games.
Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 4:5, "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake".
Something most people don’t know about him: Believes there are two kinds of people in the world, those who love boy bands… and those who are liars!
Why does he love Highpoint? Highpoint has been home to Tyler and his wife Caitlin for many years. Both grew up in the youth group, Tyler interned at the church during college and now serves on staff. Tyler loves that in all three stages, he has seen Highpoint's culture of caring and loving people has been unchanged. It is a come-as-you-are-community!
Family: Nina is originally from California but moved to Texas as soon as she could . She met her husband Gino on a blind date, and they were married within the year . She has four incredible children: Andrew and his bride, Erin, Caleb, and Micah.
Education: Nina has her Associates from Oxnard Community College, CA and a Child Development Associate from St. Augustine Institute, FL.
Favorite Food/Restaurant: Nina likes food, especially Southern’s Pizza, anywhere that has french fries, and any place that rocks a gluten free menu.
Favorite Music: Nina’s favorite music is worship of all kinds, and anything her husband is singing!
Favorite TV shows: Nina enjoys simply sitting with a good [clean] murder mystery, especially Matlock, Murder She Wrote, and Psych. Every now and again we can find her watching kid’s movies.
Favorite Book: The Bible
Free time activity: Nina likes to shop, shop, shop, and not cook! Naps and watching murder mysteries are also on the list of past times. And if it's kid related, you’ll probably find Nina there.
Bible verse: Nina’s favorite Bible Verse is actually a chapter – all of Psalm 139.
Something most people don’t know about Nina:
Growing up, Nina enjoyed camping and dirt bike riding. You wouldn’t know it today since she avoids tents and dirt like crazy!
Why you love Highpoint?
Nina loves Highpoint! It’s a place where you are loved, no matter where you’re at in your walk.
Family: Married Sierra in 2018. We share a fur baby named Suzy. 6th Generation Texan living out in Travis Peak outside of Lago Vista.
Education: Graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2013 with a BA in Business Management.
Favorite Food/ Restaurant: Anywhere that will have steak and potatoes.
Favorite Music/ Artist: Cody has an extremely eclectic take on music. You never know what might be playing. Cody enjoys music from Zac Brown Band to video game soundtracks, Shane & Shane to 90's Country, Celtic Thunder to Marty Robbins, Josh Groban to Chicago, and Disney music.
Favorite Sports team: Anything UT related. He'll root for the Cowboys and Rangers as a native Texan is expected. Austin FC. US Women's Soccer.
Free time activity: Cody thoroughly enjoys his free time clearing cedar on family land, hiking, hunting on his deer lease in Rocksprings, TX, and watching movies with anyone willing.
Bible verse: 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Something most people don’t know about him: Is an extroverted introvert.
Why does he love Highpoint? Cody loves the overwhelming welcoming that Highpoint brings each and every Sunday, which is something that stuck out to him and Sierra as they were searching for a church home. Also, he loves the multigenerational members that attend as one body.
Pat has been a key member of the Highpoint team for many years, and has been a blessing that has often been serving behind the scenes. Pat and his family (wife Megan and daughter Alexa) are highly involved in many areas at Highpoint- and we are grateful!
Josh has managed the IT needs at Highpoint for the last 4 years and is someone we cannot live without!
He and his beautiful family (wife Jessica and son Caleb) are often found in the sound booth during services, serving our church family. Stop by and say "hi"!
Each year, the congregation of Highpoint Fellowship selects members to the Board of Trustees.
Elected board members are: Chairperson, Brian Short, Vice-Chair, Chuck Malone, Secretary/Treasurer Megan Spencer and members Ebony Ornelas, Ricky Covington, and Dave Dillman.
Rights and Responsibilities: Trustees are given the right and responsibility to conduct the general business of the church, including oversight of the financial, legal and administrative aspects of the church. Both the Lead Pastor and the Executive Director report directly to the Board of Trustees.
Qualifications: To qualify to serve as a Trustee of the church, a person shall
- Have demonstrated experience in ministry or church leadership
- Be committed to Highpoint Fellowship’s purpose, goals, and leadership
- Possess gifts of wisdom, leadership, administration
- Be a member for at least 2 years before being elected
Characteristics: The characteristics of persons serving as Trustees should include:
- A life that models Christ and demonstrates high integrity,
- Spiritual gifts of wisdom, leadership, and administration,
- Strong communication skills,
- The ability to work together as a team with other Trustees,
- The respect of Highpoint Fellowship members and others in our community, and
- A deep love for the members of Highpoint
Responsibilities of a Member In Good Standing: Membership in the church implies certain individual responsibilities.
Members, by the enabling of God, should:
- Honor, love, and pray for the leadership of the church,
- Honor, love, and pray for one another,
- Strive to preserve unity and harmony in the body,
- Serve the body by using God-given gifts and talents,
- Attend church assemblies and meetings regularly, and
- Contribute, as the Lord enables, time, talent, tithes, and offerings for the church
If you would like to contact our Trustees about a church matter, you may contact our office at email@example.com.
Each year, new Shepherds are nominated and selected to the Shepherd team.
The current Shepherds are: Norma Dowd, Gino Peña, Connie Smith, David Tobey, KC Vearner, and Susie Vearner. The pastoral staff are also participating Shepherds, including TW Davis, Amy Stevens, Tyler Murphy, Nina Pena, and Cody Singleton.
The Highpoint Fellowship bylaws state:
The Shepherds are a team of lay church members whose purpose is to provide spiritual guidance, compassionate care, and teaching to the church. Shepherds serve the role as ascribed to elders, bishops, or overseers in the Bible. (I Timothy 3:1 – 7; Titus 1:6 – 9; I Peter 5:1 – 4)
Responsibilities of the Shepherds include, but are not limited to:
- Providing Spiritual Guidance
- Intercede daily for spiritual wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:17).
- Develop relationships by being present and available (especially in groups, classes, ministries and the lobby). Show up.
- Identify and disciple growing Christians so they, in turn, can disciple others.
- Lovingly lead members to resolve relational problems in a Biblical way.
- Gently restore people who are caught in a sin. Always be aware of how easy it is to be tempted. Be willing to bare one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-2).
- Providing Compassionate Care
- Show unconditional love to all members regardless of their opinions, personalities, backgrounds or failures.
- Respond to prayer requests. The Shepherds should ensure that all requests are covered in prayer.
- Visit those in the hospital, the sick and the homebound (when appropriate).
- Provide generous support to the Trustees, the Staff, Ministry Leaders and fellow Shepherds through encouragement, mentoring and prayers.
- Communicate with your fellow Shepherds in sharing responsibility to provide pastoral care.
- Be hospitable.
- Providing Teaching a. Teach through actions, words and the Scriptures.
- Guard the church from unbiblical teaching.
We affirm that we are wholly inadequate to the task of shepherding God’s church. We rely on the Holy Spirit more than any process or system. Our prayer is- first, middle, and always- that we are being transformed into Christ’s likeness through the power and leading of the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).
If you would like to contact our Shepherd team, you may contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.