Grand Opening of The Highlands Riding Center—Sunday, Nov 16, Noon

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HARRISON, TN—November 14, 2014—This Sunday, November 16th, Church of the Highlands will begin a formal partnership with Hixson Therapeutic Riding Program at 6621 Hunter Road in Harrison, TN.  As of January 1, 2015, Hixson Therapeutic Riding Program & Hixson Riding Academy will change its name to “The Highlands Riding Center.”


This strategic partnership opens the door of opportunity to provide equestrian therapy to those with special needs, including people with autism and those who have been abused. Additionally, horse-riding lessons are available for anyone.



  • The Highlands Riding Center Has 17 Horses
  • The Barn Has 44 Stalls
  • An Arena, 100’ x 200’, is Under Construction



On Sunday, November 16th, at Noon, there will be a ceremony to cut a ribbon, celebrate the grand opening of The Highlands Riding Center, and dedicate this to the Lord.


Following the ribbon cutting, lunch will be provided and everyone can pet horses, tour the barn, and walk the grounds to see this exciting opportunity to serve the north-east Hamilton County community.


Please visit for more details.



Dr. Jeremy Roberts, Lead Pastor, Church of the Highlands

(423) 493-4111


Dottie Davis, Director, The Highlands Riding Center

(423) 356-8459

This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Dear Church Family,


A lot is happening around here, and I’m excited to tell you about a few of these things!



This past Sunday, we had more people in attendance than we have had on any non-holiday this year. Thank you for coming and bringing people with you on a typical Sunday that resulted in a very large crowd.



This week, we added 40 new parking spaces to the gravel lot between our gym and the field leading to the barn. An anonymous church member paid for this entire addition, and it is such a blessing to be able to hold about 92 more people via parking (the average church has 2.3 people per car in their lot on a Sunday morning).


Additional Parking



The former Hixson Therapeutic Riding Program, now “The Highlands Riding Center” is becoming a ministry of Church of the Highlands as of this Sunday. This ministry provides equestrian therapy with 17 horses living on our campus to serve those with special needs, including people with autism and those who have been abused. Additionally, horse-riding lessons are available for anyone.


We will reach this community in a whole new way as of Sunday!  All details for our exciting horse ministry, including pricing, are available at


This Saturday, at 8:30, we will have another work day to tidy up the barn and pasture area. If you are able to come, it would really help.


Horses Grazing On Our Campus



At The Highlands Riding Center, we are going to have an equestrian arena that is 100’ x 200’. Thanks to the hard work of Terry Payne and the McDaniel & Son’s Site Development Co., the huge dirt pile on our property has now been used as the base for the arena. The eyesore that was the big dirt pile is now gone.


This arena will be very visible from the road and the whole community will be able to see this unique way we are serving people.



Our engineer came to our campus from Macon, GA and met with our site developers and sign company, and we are moving forward with erecting our permanent sign on Highway 58. It will have our church logo atop of the sign with a large LED screen underneath it. The sign will be directly across the entrance from Island Cove Marina. We hope it will be installed somewhere between late-December to mid-January.



Executive Pastor Scotty Marcum and I have met with our insurance company several times over the last few months to finalize receiving some moneys from tornado damage to the old dormitory on our property. A few days ago, we received a check for a little over $114,000. I met with our Finance Team last week, and we agree this money will go toward our new worship center, in the “Greater Things” account. Praise God for this six-figure blessing!


Yes, things are exciting around here. Bring some friends with you this Sunday as we conclude our series, “I Still Believe in Miracles” and continue to reach our community, America, and the world for Jesus Christ!


All for Jesus,




Pastor Jeremy

A Pastor’s Perspective On Amendment 1 in Tennessee

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These are unique times in which we are living as a country.  Ebola looms from Africa, war is extant in the Middle East, and financial crises seem to hover around the world every time you click on a story, pick up a paper, or turn on the TV.  The most dangerous issue pertaining to the life and death of humanity is abortion, and it is widely ignored by the media.  Sadly, 85 million Americans have been aborted since 1973.  To put this in perspective, 11 million people were killed in the Holocaust.


While there may be many political issues about which you have opinions, there is one thing you need to hear from my heart: this issue about which I’m writing you is not political, it is biblical. For followers of Jesus Christ, we know life comes from God.


My friend, Dr. Gary Jared, recently pointed out to me that even our founding Fathers agreed in the Declaration of Independence that  “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life…” the right to life!  The people of Tennessee will be able to go and vote for some common sense laws that will be a positive move in the direction of saving the lives of human beings still in their mothers’ wombs.


The vote on Amendment 1 on Tuesday, November 4th, is monumental. Christians, we must stand up and vote for life. Again, this is not a political issue; it is a biblical one. I encourage you to VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 1 on election day. Vote your biblical values.


Fighting for the Lives of Unborn Babies,

Dr. Jeremy Roberts

Lead Pastor, Church of the Highlands, Chattanooga, TN




Learn more about voting YES on amendment 1 by clicking here.


Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)


Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. (Proverbs 31:8)


For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)

This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Hello Church Family,


Tomorrow, we conclude our evangelism series called Here I Go Again.  I am so excited to tell you that after I taught you how to share the Gospel, someone came to the Lord Sunday afternoon of last week as a result of using the 3 Circles strategy!



Site work done on The Highlands’ barn

We have several big things going on here at our church right now:

  • Our equestrian ministry, “The Highlands Riding Center,” is in the preparation stage.  We have two work days coming . . . October 25 and November 8, both at 8:30am.  Site work is already underway for our barn to be ready to roll.
  • Our Kids Ministry is preparing for “The Trick to Treating” and it is going to be a big time for us!  It is October 29th, 6–8pm.
  • Our deacons officially gave the unanimous “yes” for us to move forward to develop 4 acres of our campus (on the far south end, along Hwy 58) to build 60 condos, which will provide resources to make it more feasible to build our worship center.
  • Scotty Marcum and I have been meeting with sign companies to determine who will build our permanent sign along Hwy 58.  We hope to have the new sign erected by the end of 2014.
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Master Plan for Church of the Highlands

Yes, these are exciting times!  I encourage you to make sure you are consistent in your church attendance, going to a Community Group, and giving generously.


I love you, church family!


All for Jesus,

Pastor Jeremy

I Still Believe in Miracles

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Could you use a miracle in your life?  Of course!  Plenty of people in the Bible had the same feeling and they believed God could grant it.  As a result, God sent miracles throughout the Scriptures.   I introduce you to my brand new message series called “I Still Believe in Miracles.”


Learn how God provided miracles in the Bible and how He can provide miracles in your life today.   Here is what we will study:


October 26

I Believe Jesus Can Miraculously Heal My Personal Finances


November 2

I Believe Jesus Can Miraculously Fight My Relationship Battles


November 9

I Believe Jesus Can Miraculously Heal My Body


November 16

I Believe Jesus Can Miraculously Heal My Impossible Situation in Life 

This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Dear Church Family,


Thank you so much for your encouragement to me as I had the opportunity to have a week away to visit family in Texas. We had a great time of not doing much but just having family time. It is a blessing to serve a church that values giving their pastor time away for respite. I am grateful that my friend, Travis Jones, preached a dynamic message last Sunday.


I know many of you are away for Fall break right now, but I really encourage you to come to church this Sunday as I will speak about how to share the Gospel.


If you’d like to prepare for Sunday, I encourage you to do several things:

• Download the “Life On Mission” app on your smart devices. You can go to the iTunes or Google Play app store and search for it.

• Memorize some (or better yet, all) of these verses: Genesis 1:31a; Romans 3:23; Proverbs 14:12; Mark 1:15b; Romans 10:9

• Watch this video:


I love you, church family,

Pastor Jeremy

This Week at Church of the Highlands

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Dear Church of the Highlands Family,


Last Sunday, we kicked-off our evangelism message series called “Here I Go Again.” This 4-week emphasis on studying what the Bible says about sharing Christ will be so healthy for our church family.

I encourage you to think about those you know who don’t know Christ, and pray for them. Reassess your wisdom of knowing the Gospel, as we discussed last Sunday, and begin preparing to share Jesus with them. If you did not see last Sunday’s message, you can watch it below.


Lastly, I strongly encourage you to make sure you are consistent in your church attendance. Our church is filled with people who only come once or twice per month. I really need to see you move to another level in your consistency of coming to church.

This is not just for filling seats, but for filling your heart with healthy spiritual nourishment and equipping. Please prioritize church attendance, and come this Sunday.

I love you, church family!

Until He Renders the Heavens,

Pastor Jeremy

Three Big Announcements Forging into the Future for Church of the Highlands

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(Click here to view a PDF of Church of the Highlands’ master plan.)

This morning was an exciting time at Church of the Highlands.  I had the opportunity of casting vision for our faith family.  Also, I made three key announcements for our church:

1) We Are Moving Forward to Erect Our Permanent Sign On Highway 58.

We have the cash in hand, and will move forward to erect our permanent sign along Highway 58, which will result in 28,000 cars daily seeing that our church has a presence on this major thoroughfare through Chattanooga and north/east Hamilton County.  We have already begun the permitting process.

Our goal is to have the new sign installed by January 1, 2015.

2) We Are Partnering with a Horse Ministry with 15 Horses that we will call “The Highlands Riding Center.”

Our church has a 44-stall horse barn.  We will partner with what is currently known as “Hixson Therapeutic Riding Program” to become one of our ministries and change its name to “The Highlands Riding Center.”  They are their own 501(c)3 and will hold all of the liability of the riding center.

This ministry helps our special needs friends, autistic kids, and those who have been abused to experience healing through Christ with the help of horses and therapists.  Also, people who want to board their horses can pay to do so at our church.  Furthermore, people who want to take riding lessons or just ride on that portion of our land can do so.

We will build a horse arena, and already have the materials for it.  We will need volunteers to actually construct the arena.  We plan on having rodeos on our campus.

Also, our kids and student ministries will be able to use the horses from time-to-time.  I envision people driving on our campus and seeing our indoor skatepark (that seems to be one of the best things we’ve ever built), seeing our olympic-size swimming pool (which is a HUGE hit in the summer), and future equestrian center to see that we are indeed biblical, creative, and fun as we seek to reach people for Christ.

Our goal for the completion of all renovations to be ready for The Highlands Riding Center is January 1, 2015.

3) We Are in Serious Negotiations to Develop Condominiums On the South End of Our Campus, Along Highway 58.

This is not a done deal, but our church is meeting with a leading developer to build 60 units to create vacation style condos right off of the lake.  You will see re-zoning signs up on the Highway 58 side of our campus for this purpose.

With our unique location on Harrison Bay, this creates an opportunity to construct some facilities with amazing views.  This deal will make it much easier for us to have the money needed to build our new worship center.

All of these things have resulted in a renewed master plan for our church.

  • View the Vision 2020 Handout:  click here.
  • View the Renewed Master Plan: click here.
  • The Vision Message from This Morning will be Viewable via Video Later This Afternoon: click here.

Church, I love you and am so grateful to serve as your pastor.  This is such an exciting church, and we have such a bright future ahead!

Forging Ahead,

Dr. Jeremy Roberts

Lead Pastor

P.S. To learn about our future worship center, click here.

Get Connected at Church of the Highlands

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Hello Church Family,


This Sunday, the Sunday after Labor Day, is a key time in church life to swing into a surge of growth.  Despite last weekend being a holiday weekend, our attendance was high!  In order to take advantage of this time, please get fully plugged-in thru four key ways:


Worship Service Attendance: Be consistent in church attendance.  Come to Church of the Highlands services every single week.


Community Group:  As our church grows larger, we must also grow smaller.  You can attend a Community Group on or off campus, either on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, or Wednesday nights.  See a full list of Community Groups at


Give:  We must all work together to give to the Lord to be obedient and see His vision come to fruition. Click here to give online.


Serve: Find a place to serve in the church that fits your passions.  See the list of serving opportunities in the handout provided for you at church this Sunday.


I urge you to invite some people to come to church with you this weekend and read Matthew 6 and Luke 16:9-13 in preparation for this Sunday’s extremely insightful message, “Breaking the Spirit of Mammon” as we continue our “The Blessed Life” series.


Until He Renders the Heavens,

Pastor Jeremy



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Practical Ways to Be Active at Church of the Highlands

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With us now moving well into the early stages of the fall season of the church, I challenge you to be disciplined in consistent activity here at Church of the Highlands.  Here are a few areas where you can do this:



Come to church as often as we have activities (services, community groups, service projects, social gatherings, etc.).  We need you to be active and you need you to be active!  Hebrews 10:25 teaches to not forsake gathering together with other Christians.



I have a few key prayer requests for you to consistently lift up to the Lord:

- Revival to come from the Holy Spirit to our church

- Greater Things—That we will be able to bring in even more than the amount of money pledged and that we will be able to build our new facility in an expeditious manner.

- This coming Sunday—Always pray for the next Sunday as our weekly gatherings are the key time for our church.

- Finances—Pray for us to have healthy Christians who give, and for us to meet—even exceed—our weekly needs.

- Pastor and Staff—I unashamedly ask for your prayers.  Pray for my family by name: Charity (my wife), Lily and Autumn (my kids).



Serve in the church.  Find an area where you’d like to get plugged-in and become an integral part of this church family.


All for Jesus,

Pastor Jeremy

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