Church Staff

Dr. David Lee:  After serving two pastorates in North Carolina, his home state, "Dr. Dave" was called to be the Sr. Pastor of Highlands in November 1996. Dr. Dave attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton) and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, graduating in 1981 with his Doctor of Ministry.

Dr. Dave is married to Susan Byrne Lee and their household is completed by their standard poodle, Samson. They enjoy travel, local eateries and music, and life with the wonderful people of Highlands. Dr. Dave is an avid reader and a collector of 'nativity scenes' from around the world.


Dr. Dave's ministry at Highlands is one of involvement in the lives of the membership as they worship, play, pray, and serve in the local community and in the world. His favorite moments at Highlands are spent watching children grow, youth experiencing faith, families finding expression of their life in the church, older members sharing the depth of their faith, and as the whole church gathers in worship.

Laura Sambito,
Director of Christian Education 

Laura has been serving Highlands as our DCE since December 2014.

She is a "child of the church" having attending church at Highlands since she was a toddler.


Laura feels called to help our children and youth grow in their relationship with God and to support our congregation in fulfilling the promises made during baptisms.

Gibson Dixon,
Director of Music 

Gibson has served Highlands as our Director of Music since 2006. 


Gibson is a skilled musician.  He takes great pride in leading our Adult Choir and Children's Choirs, as well as participating in our Handbell Choir.  

Laura and her husband, Chad, have three children - Colton, Nolan, and Selah. When she isn't at the church, Laura can be found at the baseball field watching her boys play ball or spending time at the pool or beach with her family.

Anneliese Robbins,

Anneliese has served as our Church Administrator since 2015.

Anneliese and her husband, Alan, have two adult children. They have been members at Highlands for over 20 years.

Anneliese enjoys spending time with her family and making delicious desserts at Logos each Wednesday!

Michele LoeropDirector,
Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool; 

Michele and her family have been members of Highlands for over 20 years and served as both a teacher and assistant director of Highlands Precious Gifts before becoming the Preschool Director.  Married to Peter Loerop for over 25 years, they have two children and two grandchildren.  

Anna Serrano, 
Asst. Director, Highlands Precious Gifts Preschool

Before becoming our Assistant Director, Ms. Anna spent several years as a teacher at HPGP.  She is a wife and the mother of two beautiful children. Anna loves teaching children of all ages and continues to share this joy as our music teacher.  She feels God has placed her where He wants her to be in both her career and home life.  

Church Leaders

Highlands is lead by Elders that make up the Session. These individuals are " chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with ministers of word and sacrament, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.” - Book of Order (G-2.0301)
Our church committees are always looking for people to join us in serving the church and community. 

Class of 2020

John Morrison
Christian Nurture - Moderator
Tom Sweeney
Church Resources & Management
Sydney Trombley
Preschool Advisory - Moderator
Julia Wolfson
Member Care - Moderator

Class of 2021

Victor Arreola
Buildings & Grounds - Moderator
Charles Grabill
Church Resources & Management - Moderator
Ricky Regnier
Worship  - Moderator
Reed Whitney
Church Growth - Moderator

Class of 2022

Nancy Marsh
Member Care
Betty Stewart
Mission - Co-Moderator
Bonnie Vanderberg
Mission - Co-Moderator
Karen Young
Fellowship - Moderator

We are people from all walks of life, people who grew up in a wide variety of churches, Protestant and Roman Catholic, and people with no church background at all. We are full of faith and honest about our doubts and mistakes.



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Jacksonville, Fl 32225

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