As founding and senior pastor of Church of the Highlands, Chris Hodges is known for his relevant teaching style and his passion for raising up leaders all around the world to fulfill the Great Commission. Chris and his wife Tammy have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began in 2001.
Chris and Tammy are passionate about providing a life-giving church focused on the simplicity of the Gospel and the power of an intimate relationship with a loving God. Chris’ leadership skills are changing the way church is done worldwide. Under his leadership, Church of the Highlands offers ten worship services each weekend at four different locations in Alabama and has grown to over 12,000 members. 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 planted over 150 churches all across the USA .
Chris’ educational background includes a BA from Colorado Christian University and a Masters of Ministry from Southwestern Christian University. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of EQUIP, a missions organization founded by John Maxwell.
Pastor Chris Hodges dreamed 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. With the help of the Dream Team—34 people committed to seeing this dream become a reality—Church of the Highlands began on February 4, 2001. That first Sunday, over 350 attended at the Fine Arts Center of Mountain Brook High School.
Pastor Chris focused on reaching out to the non-churched community, building relationships through small groups meeting throughout the city. The life-giving message of the Gospel, the passion and joy of Sunday Celebrations, and the simple style of Church of the Highlands brought immediate growth. In its first year, the church grew to 600 in weekly attendance, and 371 people committed their lives to Christ. At the same time, the church helped in the planting of six other churches and gave nearly a quarter of its income to missions.
The church established an office complex in March 2002 and established a second identical service that Easter. In its third year, Church of the Highlands had over 1,400 in weekly attendance and more than 1,600 people attending one of their 85 small groups.
As Church of the Highlands is in its second decade, more than 12,000 people attend the church, and even more participate in the small groups. Church of the Highlands offers contemporary, biblically-driven worship services that are alive with energy and creativity, as well as excellent childcare, exciting children’s and student ministries, and dynamic small groups.
God is at work at Church of the Highlands. If you haven’t visited, we invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!
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