Our Ministers

Church Leadership

Jim Downs

Senior Pastor

Our pastor and his wife, Vonna, have been here since 1990. Bro. Jim has a Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Seminary; he earned his undergraduate degree in History from Oklahoma Baptist University. Jim and Vonna have three grown children and many grandchildren.

In addition to the many other duties that Vonna fulfills in ministry at HCBC, including Women's and Music Ministry, she plays piano for our main services.

Chad Hertler

Associate Pastor of Family Ministries and Small Groups

Chad and his wife Melody have returned to the Green Bay area to serve in a full-time capacity at HCBC. Chad served as an intern at Highland Crest back in 1999 and then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. After graduating with his Masters of Divinity, he and Melody moved to Flint, Michigan, where he served for five years as the Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church. 

Melody has strong ties to Highland Crest, attending since the age of 12 and the daughter of Pastor Jim and Vonna. Chad and Melody have five sons, Abraham, Elijah, Joshua, Moses & Titus.

Rob Laing

Minister of Music, Outreach and Administration

Rob and his wife Sharon are new to Green Bay and Highland Crest as of June 2017.  They recently served in both Church and School ministries in the Northern suburbs of Detroit. In addition to their teenage daughter Abby, they have three grown children.

Both Rob & Sharon have Music degrees from Bob Jones University. Rob has also done some Graduate School work in Local Church Ministries through Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

Alex Schuld

Intern to Student Ministry

Alex grew up at Highland Crest attending with his family.  Upon High school graduation he attended Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, MN where he earned his Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministry.  He has returned to Green Bay with his new wife, Casey and they are currently serving and seeking God's will in our Student Ministry.

Ginger Hawkinson

Church Secretary / Office Manager

Ginger is single and has served as church secretary at Highland Crest since 1996. As a member of HCBC she sees her full-time position as a ministry. If you have a question ... Ginger is the one to see!

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