Dr. Darrell Tate, Senior Pastor
Our Pastor, Dr. Darrell Tate, is a graduate of Liberty University and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. As a Pastor, he has shared the life-changing message of Jesus Christ on five continents of the world. Whether teaching Bible College in Kenya, Africa, or Evangelism in Cambodia and Vietnam, or preaching in Moscow, Russia, or along the Amazon River in Brazil, or helping with the construction of an orphanage in Guatemala, Pastor Darrell embraces the words of Jesus to take the message of the gospel to the whole world.
Pastor Darrell and his wife, Tina, have three sons: Andrew, married to Jade St. John; Joshua, married to Courtney Lowry; and Daniel, married to Taylor Kling.
Rev. Jim Richland,
Our Associate Pastor, Rev. Jim Richland, accepted Christ and his call to ministry at an early age. He earned a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and History of Ideas from The College at Southeastern and a Master's in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
He has ministered as Associate Pastor of Young Families at Westfield Baptist Church and Senior Pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Elizabeth City.
Jim and his family love books, being outdoors, and gardening. His wife, Jenna, home schools their three children, Noah, Isaac and Clara. What they all love the most is getting to know others and helping them know God better.
Our Music/Children's Director, Kelsey Mathis, graduated from Piedmont International University in 2014 with a degree in Music Education. Kelsey has always had a love for music and considers it a true honor and joy to lead our congregation in praising and worshiping our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Working with the choir, praise team, and children’s choir in preparation for worship services is another thing that Kelsey truly enjoys doing.
In addition to being our Music Director, Kelsey also serves as our Children's Director, where her energy and enthusiasm
are valuable assets that carry over to actively engage and involve children as they learn about Jesus and His great love.
Both Karen and her husband, Ken, are active members of our Highland Park family. Karen graduated from Surry Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.
Ken and Karen have lived in the Mount Airy area most of their lives and have raised three sons here, all of whom are now grown with families of their own. Karen sees her strongest gifts as genuinely caring about people and being very organized--skills she brings to our office and effectively uses here at Highland Park.