Shane Bopp - Senior Minister
After a 13 year ministry in Lakeland, FL, Shane, along with his wife, Sherry, and two children, Kari and Parker, moved to Robinson in the fall of 2004. He has a strong dislike for cold weather, off-brand cottage cheese, and the Lifetime Movie Network channel. When Shane isn’t at church, or watching one of his kids’ sporting events, he likes to be on the water bass fishing. His biggest jolly green giant to date is a 10 pounder caught near Homeland, FL.
Mike McElyea - Executive Minister
Mike and his wife Sharon, came to Highland in the summer of 2009. They have two children (who for some reason both live near Canada), and a quint of gifted grandchildren. Mike is a graduate of Lincoln Christian and Illinois State Universities, and has served churches in Illinois and Iowa. Mike has also served as a college baseball coach, staff member and instructor; an avocation he continues as an adjunct faculty member at Lincoln Trail College. He believes an excess of coffee is good for you, watches way too much sports, and is an avid reader and Cardinal fan.
Tom Buchanan - Discipleship Minister
Tom has been around the hallways of Highland for a long time. He first started attending Highland in 1987 and was later hired in 1992 to work with students. Just recently, he has made the transition from Student Ministry to Adult Discipleship. Tom and his wife Kyrah have 3 children, Brennan, Madison and Kaden.
When Tom isn't in the office you can find him on the tennis courts. He is the varsity tennis coach for Robinson High School and the private coach of all three of his children—they are mostly ok with this. Tom also enjoys being outdoors, chasing storms, and ice cold Mt. Dew.
James Downing - Worship Minister
James was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He moved to the midwest in 2007 to attend Ozark Christian College where he fell in love with Worship Ministry and his wife, Morgan. James and Morgan have two little girls, Norah and Mia, who are only 15 months apart! His passion is seeing families and generations worship our God together.
James enjoys spending time outside playing disc golf and just recently got his first hole in one!
Zach Ayres- Family Minister
Daniel Richardson - Middle School Director
Taylor Inboden - Birth-PreK Director
Kelly Murbarger - K-5 Director
Before coming to Highland, Kelly was a children's minister at Central Christian Church in Lawrenceville, IL. She has a passion for getting to know people of all ages and helping them deepen their relationship with God.
Kelly is a homeschool teacher to her two children, Ava and Owen. Their dad, Butch, is the principal. She likes to read, sing, and has a great appreciation for office supplies, ice cream and granny sweaters.
Mandy Hill - Executive Secretary
Born and raised in Oblong, Illinois, Mandy has a real heart for the people of this county. She graduated from St. Louis Christian College in 1985 with an AA in Secretarial Science. Mandy has worked as the Secretary of HCC for the past 21 years. She was once asked by her minister, “Who would want to be a church secretary?” and she answered, “Me!” She considers it more of a ministry than a job.
She and her husband Jeff have two young adult children, and continue to live in the Oblong area. The family enjoys water-sports and enjoys sharing their ski-boat by taking new and old friends with them to the Lake.
During her ministry at Highland, Mandy has seen many changes in the church (both in the people and the building), but is thankful that one thing never changes -- “Jesus is the same…yesterday, today and forever!”
Janie Thackery - Financial Secretary
Born and raised in rural Robinson IL, she began attending Highland in 1988. She has been working at Highland as the Financial Secretary since January 2002. Janie has a heart for helping the less fortunate. She has been involved with the coat drive and helped with the Free Thanksgiving Dinner for several years. Janie has 2 grown children, Traci and Ian, and 5 grandchildren, Lexi, Natalie, Dax, Noah & Nyah. Janie loves spending time with family. She enjoys walking, scrapbooking and playing Bunco with friends.
One of her Favorite verses: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
Mike Fear - Custodian
Mike started attending HCC in 1995 and has been serving the church on staff since 1999.
Chez Laino - Elder
Tony Cork - Elder
Randy Meese - Elder
Butch Murbarger - Elder
Rich Swisher - Elder
Steve Lachenmayr - Elder