Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, and saved at a church camp, Dr. Hal Hightower was called to preach at the age of 17. After graduating with a degree in Bible and completing a year of teaching, Dr. Hightower became youth pastor at Community Baptist Church in Saginaw, MI. Four years later, he accepted his first senior pastorate in Hadley, MI, and five years later assumed the pastorate of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lebanon, MO, where he served for 15 years.
Tabernacle Baptist Church flourished under Dr. Hightower’s leadership, with significant growth in attendance, the number of supported missionaries, and enrollment in Tabernacle Christian Academy. More than 130,000 soldiers heard the gospel and many were saved through the church’s “Free Day Away” ministry to the military. During this time, Dr. Hightower received the Doctor of Divinity degree.
Responding to the Lord’s direction in his life, Dr. Hightower resigned from Tabernacle Baptist Church in 2003 and entered full-time evangelism. He traveled for twelve years, speaking in youth camps, Christian colleges, and churches across America and around the world.
In January 2015, Dr. Hightower became senior pastor of Rochester Hills Baptist Church in Rochester Hills, MI.
Hal and his wife, Karen, have been married for 36 years. Their son, Jeremiah, serves as assistant pastor of music at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Indianapolis, IN. The Lord has used Hal’s unique testimony, his passion for the lost, and his dynamic preaching to impact lives, build families, and change communities.
Pray for revival on our campus and a season of spiritual growth and fruitfulness for students, faculty, and staff as we enter a semester of academic and ministry opportunities.