Heights leadership is made up of elders, pastors, directors, coordinators, and support staff.
Regardless of our role, our goal is to love, serve and equip our church to know Jesus more, love Jesus more, and serve Jesus more! At all levels, you’ll find the leadership of Heights Church working collaboratively, valuing team wherever possible. Their love for Jesus and the church are evident around all corners! Here are a couple faces you'll see often as you start attending Heights.
Ron Merrell has been the Teaching Pastor at Heights Church since 2012, co-teaching with John Challinor & Mike Gaston, and serving Vision Setter. He has been in pastoral ministry for about 20 years as a youth pastor, college pastor, and teaching pastor at churches in California and Arizona. He combines a love for people who feel lost and broken with his background in stand-up comedy to uncompromisingly communicate the Bible. He’s married to his best friend, Anna, and has 3 kids: Braddock, Brody, and Leilani.
Ron is the co-author of Random Thoughts with Steve Russo and others and is a frequent camp speaker. He is a graduate of John Brown University and attended Azusa Pacific’s Haggard Graduate School of Theology. He will be resuming graduate study in the near future.
John Challinor has been the Teaching Pastor at Heights Church since 2008, starting first on staff as the Youth Pastor. He has been in cross-cultural missions work and ministry for the last two decades, previously serving as a teacher and trainer for New Tribes Missions. Co-teaching with Ron Merrell & Mike Gaston, John brings a wealth of creative skills to bring a fresh, passionate and dynamic style to every message he preaches. He is also responsible for shaping all the creative elements in our worship services. He’s married to Cindy and has two teen daughters, Rilyn and Ciara, as well as foster children.
John is a graduate of New Tribes Bible College and is currently working on writing his first book.