Church Council @ HP

The Church @ Highland Park has a ministry model of church organization which emphasizes listening to the call of God as individual church members and as a congregation. This model encourages and supports members as they seek to follow their personal sense of God’s calling and contribute their gifts and talents to the realization of the God’s calling for the whole church.

The church is organized into several Service Groups which are responsible for a specific area of the life of the church. Each Service Group will exercise their responsibility by discerning, visioning, planning, overseeing, coordinating and carrying out the various activities in their area of church life. Service Groups meet or email to discuss plans, evaluate recent programs, and coordinate upcoming events. In-person meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend, as we believe that all people are called to share their God-given gifts.

Service Group Chairs are nominated and elected each calendar year by the church body, along with the Finance Service Group and Personnel Service Group members. The other Service Groups have open membership, and many members are involved in aspects of several Service Groups. Join us at our annual Ministry Fair to learn more about how to get involved with Service Groups at Highland Park, or download the latest Ministry Opportunities booklet here!

Church Council

Church Council Chair
Administration Service Group Chair
Christian Education Service Group Chair
Family Life & Fellowship Service Group Chair
Missions Service Group Chair
Outreach & Communication Service Group Chair
Servant Service Group Chair
Worship Service Group Chair
Ministerial Staff (ex-officio, non-voting)

The Church Council meets monthly to discuss church business, hear updates from Chairs, and coordinate the calendar. Council meetings are open to attend – you are welcome to add your voice to the conversation! If you have a matter to bring before the Council, please contact the church office (512-453-6603 or hpbcoffice@hpbcaustin.org) by the 5th of the month so that we can put it on the agenda.

Council Chair

Rusty Shelton grew up at Highland Park and credits his time in the children’s program and youth group for learning many of life’s most important lessons, including how to play poker. He is the head of the Church Council, where he has the pleasure of working alongside leaders from all across the church and loves to go to church camp alongside his kids each summer.

rusty.shelton@gmail.com