Chris Hodges - Faith-Based

Birmingham, Alabama

Chris Hodges is Founder and Senior Pastor of Church of the Highlands with campuses all across the state of Alabama. Since it began in 2001, Church of the Highlands has grown to more than 38,000 people attending each weekend and is known for its life-giving culture and focus on leading people to an intimate relationship with God. Chris has a deep passion for developing leaders and planting life-giving churches. He co-founded ARC (Association of Related Churches) in 2001 which has launched hundreds of churches all across the USA.  He also founded a coaching network called GROW which trains and resources pastors to help them break barriers and reach their growth potential. Chris is also the founder and Chancellor of Highlands College, a ministry training school that trains and launches students into full-time ministry careers. Chris and his wife Tammy have five children and live in Birmingham, Alabama, where Church of the Highlands began.  He speaks at conferences worldwide and is the author of Fresh Air and Four Cups.

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Pastor Chris leads with excellence. He instills leadership qualities in others and empowers them to step into leadership positions. I have never attended a church where the focus is solely on truly honoring God and giving ALL praise and glory to Him. Pastor Chris is the most humble, Godly pastor and my family is honored to be under his leadership.

July 05 at 7:26 PM

Pastor Chris is a tremendous selfless leader totally focused on his mission and not himself.

July 05 at 10:09 AM
Stephanie Branum

We came to highlands after serving at a previous church past the point of burn-out. Pastor Chris encouraged us to attend and be filled, and then we could serve out of the over-flow of our hearts that God has given. That was 10 years ago and since then, we have coached a dream team, served on multiple teams, led small groups, and been a part of launching a new Highlands campus. Chris presents Jesus to listeners in a no-pressure, practical way that makes people want to give church a try. Then God changes their lives and they want to bring their friends and family to hear the Truth of God from a personable leader, Pastor Chris.

June 29 at 1:43 PM
Dana Harmon

An amazing man of God, highest integrity, does everything with excellence and is preaching the message the world needs to hear; make the Bible and God's word your standard!

June 25 at 5:52 PM
Teejay Russell

Me and my husband started going to church of the Highlands in July 2012 the first time we went we love it we stayed pastor Chris is an awesome leader who inspires and empowers our congregation to serve in our gifts He humble He a servant who love the lord we are so proud to call him are pastor we look forward to going every Sunday to listen to him He a role model he always touch our hearts.

June 25 at 3:50 PM
Becky Johnson

Pastor Chris is an awesome leader who inspires and empowers our congregation to serve in our gifts. He is humble and has integrity. I am always proud to share with others that I go to his church and sit under his teaching each week.

June 24 at 1:54 PM
Cathy Warren

I have attended Church of the HIghlands for 5 1/2 years. Pastor Chris Hodges has displayed integrity, compassion, and shares the word of God with passion each and every time he speaks. He is a role model for all the members and for our community. In a recent TV interview I heard him make a statement that truly reflects his heart. He said he doesn't want to be famous. He wants to make Jesus famous. For someone who has accomplished so much, he is one of the most humble men in a leadership position I have ever known. Chris Hodges empowers his team to lead and grow. He draws out the best in us all and makes us aspire to do great things for the kingdom of God and for our local community.

June 24 at 1:13 PM

Pastor Chris is unexplainable..... The best way I can describe him is life changing. He is somehow able to make clear, the Bible and Gods Love, that no one has ever done before! I come from a strong Pentecostal Background of Family Preachers, but never learned of His Amazing Grace, Restoration, Love, Forgiveness.... What it means to Serve others... And that Joy, Humor, and Laughter is more than ok, it's expected! I've been able to share all of this and so much more with other family and friends not in Alabama... so he is not just touching our church... Pastor Chris is touching the World! Our guests are amazed as well when they come to hear Pastor Chris. He teaches us in such a way that it truly opens your mind, heart and soul! He makes everything clear.... And after living in confusion and darkness so long.... It's really overwhelming and difficult to explain all that he encompasses, with just using words. We have a child who has health problems and I have lived in confusion, anger, resentment , guilt, condemnation, fear, etc.... Since she was diagnosed at age two (so 9 years now). Even though the situation hasn't changed, we have. I have walls that have been built up for years..... And Pastor Chris and his church have allowed me to start chipping away at it and I'm excited to one day see the walls fall! I have so much more to learn, and I'm not going anywhere but to follow Pastor Chris, our LEADER who - not just "stands out".. He "Stands With" and continually makes a difference and Soars above and beyond , for his church. A LEADER - KNOWS the way, GOES the way and SHOWS the way.... And the wealth of knowledge and love he shares with people - so they will KNOW the way, GO the way and SHOW the way - to others is unmeasurable !

June 24 at 9:22 AM
Jakob Davenport

Pastor Chris Hodges is one person in my entire life that I have some of the highest respect to. His leadership over the Church, Students, and Kids has absolutely changed lives for God. His communication skill of communicating the Gospel is one of the most incredible communication of the Gospel I've ever heard in my life. He has created Highlands College, a world renown ministry school that students all over the country come to learn, teach, preach, communicate, and lead from the overflow of Jesus Christ. Pastor Chris continually challenges me, pushes me, motivates me to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and who He is. Pastor Chris' children are some of the most wise and best leaders I have ever met because of what he has taught in their lives as well.

June 24 at 9:20 AM
Jeff Drummonds

I have been a member of Church of the Highlands for 6 years. Now, I have been in church all of my life, but until I started attending Church of the Highlands, I didn't have a true relationship with God. Chris is not a preacher, he is a teacher and he "put's the cookies on the bottom shelf", so that anyone can understand the bible and all the great promises that God has for us. Chris also started an initative called GROW. Witht this initative, everything Church of the Highlands does is taught and given to other churches around the world to help them grow their ministries and bring peopl into a real relationship with our creator. In addition to the Chris's leadership in Church of the Highlands, he also started Highlands College, which I attended for 2 years. It is exciting and motivating to see the way Highlands College is grooming young men and women to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

June 17 at 9:03 AM
Brandon Johnson

Chris Hodges (Pastor Chris) has been my pastor for three years now. Since my family has been attending Church of the Highlands, our family as a whole has grown more spiritually than any other time in our family's history. Personally, I have been able to connect closer with God and other like minded leaders within our church. It has been a lot of fun getting involved with and learning more about the organization that is Church of the Highlands. Like a well run business, our church's systems and processes are run as well as any organization I ever have been a part of. The biggest reason is for this is the leadership and vision that Pastor Chris brings to the the organization. His weekly pastoring and wisdom has changed my life and I have witnessed first hand the radical spiritual change in so many others since we've been attending Church of the Highlands. I truly believe he is one of the greatest and most influential leaders on the face of the planet in a much needed time in this world.

May 31 at 2:30 PM