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Dr. Jeff Rogers

Interim Minister

Jeff Rogers has enjoyed a 30-year career in congregational leadership and Christian higher education. He has served as a pastor, interim pastor, guest preacher and teacher in Anglican, Baptist, Christian (Disciples), Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches in Georgia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Canada. Known to students and colleagues alike as an energetic and engaging professor, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Furman University, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Gardner-Webb University.

An author or editor of six books and dozens of articles in refereed journals and standard reference works, he has made more than a dozen scholarly presentations in national and regional meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a former president of the South Carolina Academy of Religion. After graduating from Hickory High School in North Carolina, he attended UNC-Chapel Hill, earned a B.A. in English from North Carolina Central University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Heather Absher
Director of Finance and Communications

Heather joined the staff in February of 2016 as the Financial Administrator with a background in office management, accounting, and payroll.  Over the years her role has continued to evolve into a position that includes all communications and media in order to best serve the church and its members.  Heather enjoys traveling and volunteering while serving on the boards of several local non-profits.  She has one daughter, Hadley, and two dogs, Maui and Paris.

Gary Pressley

Building Superintendent

Gary, a member for 50+ years joined the staff in January of 2017. He holds a B.A. in religion from Greensboro College, and also attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary served a 39-year career with the City of High Point's Parks and Recreation Department. In 2013 he retired as the Senior Park Supervisor for Oak Hollow and City Lake Park's. Gary enjoys volunteering with Hospice Home, and spending time with family. He has a wife, Dr. Jan Overman, two children, and five grandchildren.