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Highland Park has been in Mount Pleasant since 1947. We began ministering in the community on 10th Street, as a mission church of First Baptist Church Mount Pleasant, and have been at our current location since 1997. We love each other, and we love our community. We celebrate our rich heritage, and look forward with great anticipation to see what God has in store for our ministry to the community God placed us in to serve.
“Even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
Tony Lawson Senior Pastor
Bro. Tony Lawson and his family joined the Highland Park family in September 2019. We are excited to have Bro. Tony, his wife Sara, and their children Asher, Felicity, and Sophie as part of our church family.
He has degrees from both Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has been in ministry since 2009; serving as Pastor for the last 7 years.
Bro. Tony loves spending time with his family, fishing, sports, and watching movies. Sara’s passion is being a full-time mom and homemaker, and she enjoys reading, being artistically creative, and, though they are no pros, Sara and Tony both really enjoy going bowling.
Vanessa Underwood Church Secretary
Vanessa has been serving at Highland Park as Secretary since St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 1997. She counts it a blessing that the church has so lovingly welcomed her and her family with such open arms and continuously showers them with he love of Christ daily. She and her husband John have two grown kids and between them the Lord has blessed them with seven grand-kids that keep them very busy.
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Brian Moore Minister of Music and Youth
Brian has served as Youth Minister since 2005, and also became Music Minister in 2015. He is married to his wonderful wife Kristane and they have 2 boys Braden and Bryson. Brian enjoys fishing, going to the gym. As an avid sports fan, he gets to combine his passion for impacting students lives by serving as Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Basketball and Track Coach at Pittsburg High School.
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Dana Armstrong Children's Director
Ms. Dana has a heart for children and her calling is teaching and ministering to children. She is the mother of 3 and a 6th grade teacher at a PE Wallace Middle School in Mount Pleasant, Texas.
Dana has been a member of Highland Park Baptist Church for over 20 years.
She and our Children’s Department Volunteers are ready to meet you and share the love of God with your child(ren).
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Audrey Gillean Preschool Director
Ms. Audrey loves children and has been called to teach and minister to them. She is the mother of 3 boys and a 5th grade teacher at PE Wallace Middle School in Mount Pleasant, Texas. She and our Preschool volunteers are eager to meet you and share God’s love with your child(ren).
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The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by the Bible, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.
Mission and Partnerships
We exist to glorify God by: taking Jesus to our community, trusting the Spirit’s power, and living transformed lives in obedience to God's word.
The Bible teaches us that we were created by God and we will find our ultimate purpose and fulfillment as we bring praise and honor to Him through fellowship with Him in a life of trust and obedience to God’s word (Genesis 1:26, 1 Corinthians 10:31, John 17:3). God wants to bless us with His goodness, but we often choose less than His best by living contrary to His design for our lives and disobeying His word (John 10:10, Romans 3:23). As a result, people live in constant search for hope and restoration through the things of the world, but only Christ can give the real lasting inner hope and peace we need through forgiveness of our wrongs (Romans 6:23, Colossians 1:19-20 Romans 10:9-10, 13). Jesus gave His people, the church, the mission to help others find this hope of forgiveness and transformation as we wait for Christ’s return (Matthew 28:16-20). Though we cannot do it on our own, the Holy Spirit empowers us, and there is nothing greater that we can be part of (Acts 1:8, Romans 10:15).
Our Strategy is built on 4 foundational principles.
Rejoicing in and Relying on God– God is so good, and we praise Him for His goodness, holiness, and faithfulness to us. We call on Him in prayer, and depend on His power for all He calls us to do (Psalm 86:5-10).
Relationships with one another– “we loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us” 1 Thessalonians 2:8(NIV)
The best way to begin building relationships and finding encouragement for your walk with Christ is to join a Sunday School Group. Sunday School Groups are so much more than a class we attend. Its part of our DNA. It’s about connecting people to Jesus, the transforming power of His truth, and connecting people to a community of believers who encourage each other as we engage in life together.
Fill out the form below, mention Sunday School in the the message box, and our staff will be glad to help you connect with a Group.
Reaching our Community and World through Partnerships-
Titus County Cares- We are teamed up with our community through volunteer service and financial support with ministries such as Titus County Cares which has great programs aimed at meeting needs such as school clothes and supplies for children, groceries for families in need, and raising literacy levels for children.
State and National Affiliations- We are affiliated with state and local conventions, because we believe we can do more for the Kingdom together than we ever could on our own. One of the primary ways we do this is by supporting missionaries around the world through the Cooperative Program. In the past, many churches supported missionaries on a one on one individual basis. The downside of this was that, each year, missionaries would have to leave the field of ministry in order to come home, give report, and fund raise. However, we believe we can do more by pooling resources with our sister churches. As such, we strategically designate a percentage of our offerings to help keep missionaries out in the world so they can have the greatest possible impact for the gospel.
Renewing our hearts, minds, and lives through the preaching & teaching of God’s word- “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
We want to be followers of Jesus, that help others know how to follow Jesus for themselves. The ultimate aim of every believer’s life is to love Jesus and look like Jesus in our attitudes and actions. We are convicted that the ultimate way that God does this in our lives and in the life of our church is through the preaching and teaching of God’s word with real, relevant, and age appropriate application(s) to our lives so we can grow to trust God more with everything we are.
We do this through: Sunday School Groups that are geared towards various age groups and stages of life including children, youth, and adults. We also do this in our time of worship together as God’s word is preached for life change each Sunday morning. Our Children, Youth, and Adult Ministries also meet on Wednesdays for midweek discipleship in God’s word.