Highland Park Baptist Church

Leadership Staff

Name Position Biography Contact
Gordon Ainsworth Shepherding

At HPBC Gordon Ainsworth oversees all things related to Pastoral Care. Through the years, whether serving high schoolers with Campus Crusade for Christ, or as a Bible College professor, or Police Department Chaplain, or as Highland Park's Singles or Shepherding pastor since 1991, we all have come to appreciate "Gordo's" zeal for our Lord and His people. 

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Nancy Baughman Early Childhood

Although quick to point out that preschoolers are more my size, Nancy Baughman brings a big heart and lots of experience – close to fifty years – to children’s ministries.  She started out volunteering in Children's Ministry at HPBC when she was 12 years old and never left!

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David Borror Ministry Administration

David Borror serves as our Ministry Administration Pastor and brings his passion for equipping God's people for ministry in the local church and helping them to grow in maturity in Christ. We look often to Dave for his wisdom and giftedness in teaching, organization, and leadership.

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Jeremy Einem High School

Jeremy Einem serves as the Director of High School Ministries. He is primary teacher on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings for the Crash. He also leads the volunteer staff, and oversees the overall programming. Jeremy graduated from Spring Arbor University with a B.A. in Pastoral Studies, most recently from Liberty University with a Masters of Christian Leadership.

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Derrick Jackson Music/Worship

Derrick Jackson is the Minister of Music and Worship at HPBC. He comes to us from Nashville, TN and was born and raised in Warner Robins, Georgia. He has served in ministry for 14 years. Derrick's has received the following education training: BM in Vocal Performance, BM in Music Education, and MM in Conducting from Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, and an MTS in Theology from Moody Theological Seminary.

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Dave Kuntzman Missions/Business

Dave Kuntzman serves a dual role as Director of Missions and Business Manager. He and his wife Julie have been married for 28 years. They both grew up at HPBC and have served in missions with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea and at Maadi Community Church in Cairo, Egypt.

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Sue Reddypogu Elementary Children

Sue has always loved working with children, and has been an active volunteer in our Children's Ministries at HPBC. Whether it be a fun activity like doing puzzles with preschoolers or teaching a class for elementary children, she enjoys it all.  Her passion is to help create an environment where kids are excited to learn about God's Word, apply it to their lives, and then to reach out to their friends who have not yet heard about Christ.

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Brent Slater Senior Pastor

Brent Slater is the Senior Pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church. He was raised in Africa as the son of medical missionaries and then, after receiving his seminary training at Denver Seminary, he was sent out by HPBC to serve the Lord in Uganda. He planted churches and developed leaders in Uganda for 22 years along with his wife, Inell, and their three sons.

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Jimmy Smith Young Adults

Jimmy Smith currently serves as our Pastor to Young Adults & Young Families. He and his wife Amber moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, when he joined our staff in 2011. He brings over eight years of pastoral experience in addition to five years of marketing experience in the motorsports industry. He received a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2010.

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