Welcome to Highlands Community Church

We’re so glad you’re here.

Highlands Community Church an evangelical non-denominational community church located in Lancaster, Ohio. Our mission is to come alongside members of our community and lead them toward a lifelong relationship with Jesus. We also encourage believers in areas of fellowship, worship, small groups, teaching, preaching and anointed praise and worship music. Whether you wear jeans and a t-shirt or a suit and tie, you’re welcome at Highlands.
It’s a great place to call home.
Get connected.
We have various opportunities to grow relationships among our congregation. Some of our current services and groups include:
  • Hebrews Cafe: Sundays from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Mentors Sunday School: Sundays from 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
  • Sunday Service: Sundays at 10:30 AM
What’s Happening at Highlands?

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Staff and Volunteers
Mark Reese, 
Senior Pastor
Roger Dempsey, 
Congregational Care Pastor
Pastor Mark loves people and has a true passion for God’s Word.  His passion is sharing the gospel in both preaching and teaching ministry arenas.  He began study in ministry at Boyce Bible College and received extensive ministry training including roles as youth pastor, associate pastor of outreach and evangelism and lead pastor positions. Pastor Mark and his wife Sally have two grown children: Emma and Mark Anthony. The greatest calling and honor of his life has been his family.  His other passion is music, and Mark traveled nationally recording and performing with other professional artists. You will love his passion for the gospel, his love for people, and his heart to reach the Lancaster community with the gospel.
Pastor Roger has served faithfully in ministry for more than 40 years and we are so blessed to have him at Highlands. He began his ministry with the Association of Free Will Baptists. Roger has served in many areas of ministry including administration, counseling, church-planting and has over 30 years of experience as a senior pastor. Pastor Roger serves as our Congregational Care Pastor, administration lead and outreach team operations leader. Roger is a man of conviction, tenacious personality, a relevant and exciting preacher and teacher, and has a great heart for our congregation.  He is originally from the great state of West Virginia and has two grown children: Christina and Glenn, and five grandchildren: Andrew, Anthony, Austin, Isaac and Mackenzie.
Angela Russell, 
Director of Music and Children’s Ministries
Paul Russell, 
Director of Ministry Technologies
To know Angela is to love her. She loves worship and is our kind, talented, and passionate worship leader. She is also one of the most talented vocalists that you’ll ever experience, with more than 2 decades of church worship and music leadership, vocal training, studio recording, and extensive drama and production experience. Angela grew up in ministry as a pastor’s kid and has served in multiple states with the Church of God. She has received a Bachelor of Arts  and Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio Christian University. With this education and training experience, Angela is also our Directors of Children’s Ministry. We know you will love her just like we do
Paul Russell is our Technology Ministries Director.  He is a talented and tireless leader in our development ministry areas of sound, video, and worship production.  He has extensive experience in sound technologies, church Live Stream video production, music performance, and worship computerization. Paul is also a very talented musician and vocalist, serving as a member of our Highlands worship team playing drums, bass guitar, and keyboard. 
Church Elders
Our church Elders are some of the best men you could ever meet. The elders come alongside the pastor and help make important decisions for the church. Each of these men are prayerful, thoughtful, and exhibit the fruit of the spirit. The elders are a huge part of the behind-the-scenes running of our church.
Volunteer Opportunities
At Highlands, there are plenty of options to volunteer. We’re currently in need of some specific areas, including the following:
  • Praise Team Vocalists
  • Praise Team Musicians
  • Sound and Video Technicians
How to Volunteer: