Our Pastoral Staff & Vision

At Highlands, our staff is motivated to share the gospel of Jesus and serve others. We are called to outreach in Lancaster and the Hocking Hills Ohio community and beyond. 

Our Pastor Team:

Our church is a “family” of believers.  Some have dubbed our fellowship “one of the friendliest churches in Lancaster.”  We are thankful for this distinction.  We encourage people seeking Jesus and work to equip believers in making a difference in the lives of everyday people.  We are blessed to have an experienced pastoral team: 
Mark Reese,  Senior Pastor
Pastor Mark has served in pastoral ministry since 1988. He has been described as dynamic speaker and a motivated pastor with a heart for others. His passion is sharing God’s Word in both preaching and teaching ministry arenas. He recently celebrated his 32nd year in ministry and received his formal training with Boyce Bible College, 
Columbus Community College and extensive training in various church ministry fellowships and corporate business.  He has served in ministry with organizations like the Churches of God Anderson, IN, The Association of Free Will Baptists and others.  Pastor Mark’s other passion is music.  In early ministry years, he traveled and recorded as the lead singer with nationally known music ministries like The Mercy River Boys-Nashville, TN, The Kindlers- Nashville, TN and The Gospel Harmony Boys Huntington, WV.  He has produced with notable musicians and producers like Anthony Burger (Gaither Vocal Band), Danny Crawford (Spring Hill Music), Jimmy Tarbutton (The Oak Ridge Boys, Oaks Place Studios, Nashville, TN) and others.  Pastor Mark and his wife Sally have been married since 1997 and have two teenage children: Emma and Mark Anthony.  You will love his passion for the gospel, his love for people and his heart to reach the Lancaster community with the gospel of Jesus.