About Our Church

Our Mission & Vision

TAKING RISKS TO PURSUE GOD AND LOVE LIKE JESUS

We believe that pursuing God with your whole heart can sometimes feel risky, but is always worth it. Jesus was a risk taker. He risked humiliation, ridicule and most of all His life to reach the lost and to show them the love of God. We want to be a church willing to take these same risks to reach our community for Christ!

Our Story

Ours is a story of trusting and believing in an ever faithful God, and being willing to follow wherever He leads.

A STORY OF FAITH

God led a handful of believers and a bi-vocational pastor in 1952 to begin a house church. Two years later construction began on a building at 955 South Washington, and we became The First Church of God. By faith and the labor of willing volunteers, the church was completed and God filled the building with people.

 

OUR BEGINNINGS

God led a handful of believers and a bi-vocational pastor in 1952 to begin a house church. Two years later construction began on a building at 955 South Washington, and we became The First Church of God. By faith and the labor of willing volunteers, the church was completed and God filled the building with people.

THE DREAM CONTINUED

The dream continued and faith expanded when the small church stepped out again in 1975 to relocate to 12th and Missouri. Upon completion three years later, we took the name of the community we hoped to serve and became known as Highland Park Community Church.

As the congregation continued to thrive, the building was expanded several times until space limitations necessitated another relocation, this time to the vacant LaBelle’s building on 2nd Street. God honored our faithfulness and continued to bring significant growth and impact, not only in Casper but literally around the world.

WHERE WE ARE NOW

Over the course of two decades that building was remodeled, completed and filled to accommodate four-weekend worship services, vibrant children, and youth ministries, a life-changing counseling center called The Healing Place, over 100 community groups for youth and adults, and a Faith Promise Missions outreach that spanned the globe.

 

BUT THE STORY DIDN’T STOP THERE…

God brought us into a new house, the place we sit today, a house that HE built. But with this gift comes great responsibility. What now? How can we utilize this new “hub” to serve God? To serve others?

The beginning of the rest of our story starts today, and it begins with YOU.

Core Values

COMPASSION 

Demonstrating Christ’s love by meeting people’s needs.

LOST PEOPLE MATTER

We believe people far from God matter.

BOLD FORWARD THINKING

We believe the Holy Spirit calls us to take risks in order to assist in reclaiming what hell has stolen.

SPIRITUAL MATURITY

We value growing in a vibrant faith walk in Christ.

Our Beliefs

See how we view God, Jesus, The Bible, man, and many significant aspects of our faith. Firmly rooted in scripture, the beliefs of Highland Park Community Church guide our decisions as a church.

Jesus is Lord

The singularity, the exclusivity, the divinity of the one Lord Jesus is central to who we are. He is the Bread of Life. The Water of Life. The Lamb of God. The Way, the Truth, and the Life. The one Mediator between God and humankind. The Lord of lords, the King of kings. The Son of Man. The Son of God. The Word become Flesh. The Name at which every knee shall bow. Jesus is the subject (Acts 2:36).

Holiness

The Person, the work, and the power of the Holy Spirit is fundamental to who we are as a people. We unabashedly own the truth that the Spirit can transform us, possess us, equip us, and empower us. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that sanctifies us, makes us holy, sets us apart for sacred service, and seals us for eternity’s sake. It is the Spirit that convicts us of sin and enables us to overcome sin. It is the Holy Spirit that can breathe supernatural gifts into us, for Jesus’ sake. He is the Comforter promised by Jesus and the witness of our redemption (Gal 5:22–23).

Unity

We are a people uniquely called by God to be a catalyst for Christian unity, believing that the division of the body of Christ is hell’s greatest weapon to thwart heaven’s ends in this world. We are convinced that the splintering of the body is not the Lord’s work, but the enemy’s; we believe that hell trembles at the prospect of a people united, redeemed by the blood, and possessed by the Spirit (John 17:21).

The Great Commandments

Love God with your whole self. And, love your neighbors as yourself. The Scripture tells us this is the sum of the Law and the Prophets. When a teacher of the Law sought to test Jesus (Luke 10), asking, “What must I do to have eternal life?” Jesus asked him what he read in the Scripture. When the man replied with the Great Commandments, Jesus approved, saying, “You have answered well; do this and you will live.” It was this exchange that birthed the seminal parable of the Good Samaritan. As a people in the pursuit of holiness, the Great Commandments clothe us.

The Supremacy of Scripture

We are a people of the Bible—the Old and New Testaments, supernaturally inspired, preserved across time, cultures, and continents, delivered to us, useful for reproof and instruction, for righteousness. The Scripture is our backstop, the ultimate field of inquiry and judgment, the measure of conduct, faith, and practice. Whatever the question, whatever the test, whatever comes before us, in the end, it is the Scripture, above all other disciplines, that informs and defines us. All other sources of knowledge fall beneath its shadow (2 Tim 3:14–17).

Great Commission

To go and make disciples is the divine privilege and responsibility given to each of us. We champion the work of evangelism and discipleship in our own neighborhood, as well as the sending of international and home missionaries to places beyond our individual reach (Matt 28:19–20).

Kingdom of God

The rule and reign of God is a present reality to be embraced and experienced today. His kingdom is not of this world, and will therefore never be about earthly politics. As children of God, the spiritual riches of the King of kings are ours to claim and steward as we preach the good news of the kingdom to the world (Luke 17:20–21)

The Trinity

Thought difficult for the human mind to fully comprehend, our one God expresses himself in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity serves a unique role to bring God glory and accomplish his purposes in the world (Gen 1:26; 2 Cor 13:14)

Women in Ministry

  • The distributions of gifts by the Holy Spirit for the edification of the body of Christ is not determined by gender. God has poured out his Spirit on all people, and both sons and daughters will prophesy—and teach, and shepherd the flock. In Christ, in the kingdom of God, that which once divided us—Jew, Gentile; slave, free; male, female—no longer separate. From the earliest days of the Church of God movement, we’ve celebrated the ministry leadership of outstanding women clergy and continue to do so (Acts 2:17; Gal 3:28).

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

We are a family of people who love to work together and live life together. We’re a community-loving, fun-seeking, forward-thinking, Jesus-following, imperfect people loving and serving a perfect God. 

Say hello to some of the people who make this place feel more like home.

Mike Fackler

Mike Fackler

Lead Pastor

I see Highland Park as the beautiful bride of Christ.   We are a group of imperfect people pursuing a perfect and loving God.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, we do our best to Pursue God and Love like Jesus starting right here in Casper and taking the gospel of Jesus around the world, one Jesus conversation at a time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 307-265-4073

Josh Deacon

Josh Deacon

Executive Director

Aubrey Whipps

Aubrey Whipps

Lead Administrative Assistant

Mary Meyers

Mary Meyers

Building Coordinator & Receptionist

Don Bergstrom

Don Bergstrom

Congregational Care Pastor

Debra Hitchcock

Debra Hitchcock

Congregational Care Assistant

Tami Rudkin

Tami Rudkin

Community Groups Pastor

Grechen Hume

Grechen Hume

Community Groups Coach

Trenille Young

Trenille Young

Community Groups Assistant & Coach

Harold Bradshaw

Harold Bradshaw

Family & Marriage Pastor

Sandi Feldick

Sandi Feldick

Family Life Assistant

James Hume

James Hume

Worship Pastor

Susan McCloud

Susan McCloud

Worship Arts Assistant

Paul Searcey

Paul Searcey

Tech Director

Renea Kerr

Renea Kerr

Drama Director

Matthew Whipps

Matthew Whipps

Media & Communications Director

Chris Kinner

Chris Kinner

Celebrate Recovery Pastor

Jen Thomas

Jen Thomas

Celebrate Recovery Administrative Assistant

Justin Brown

Justin Brown

High School Pastor

Darren Adwalpalker

Darren Adwalpalker

GO Pastor

Lynette Soehn

Lynette Soehn

Youth Ministries Assistant

Jen Chadderdon

Jen Chadderdon

Kids Ministry Director

Shani Fackler

Shani Fackler

Children's Ministry Assistant

Courtney Stevens

Courtney Stevens

Children's Ministry Assistant

Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Children's Ministry Assistant

Stacy Ballard

Stacy Ballard

Children's Ministry Assistant

Morgan Dailey

Morgan Dailey

Children's Worship Leader

Barb Flinn

Barb Flinn

Special Needs Ministry Director

Leslie Bromley

Leslie Bromley

Business Manager/Treasurer

Star Dockweiler

Star Dockweiler

Bookkeeper

Bob Lemmon

Bob Lemmon

Building Manager

David Anderson

David Anderson

Custodian

Janice Moffatt

Janice Moffatt

Custodian

John Marshall

John Marshall

Custodian/Sound Engineer

Karen Gerald

Karen Gerald

Custodian

Tim Spear

Tim Spear

Custodian

Carillon Armstrong

Carillon Armstrong

Custodian

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