Pastor Michael Madaris is passionate about God’s Word and the life it calls each person to live. His desire is to cast a vision of the Christian life that moves people, the lost and the Church, to respond to the gracious invitation of God to a new life in Christ Jesus. He loves spending time with people helping and encouraging them to passionately pursue a life long learning (disciple) relationship with Jesus, becoming like Christ in every area of life. He loves Highland and the fact that we are Real People, a Real Church, loving and living for the Real Jesus. His desire for Highland is that she be a world-visionary, world-impacting, multiplying people for Christ Jesus.
Pastor Michael (Mike) grew up in a Christian home, the only son of a preacher, and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior when he was five years old. He was called into the ministry at 16 years old, but struggled with God’s call until he was 24 years old when he finally, fully surrendered to God’s plan and purpose for his life. He served two churches in South Carolina and North Carolina as youth pastor before beginning his pastoral ministry in 2001. He served churches in North Carolina and Florida before coming to Highland in 2011. One of his great joys in ministry has been to travel on 11 overseas mission trips preaching the gospel and helping people come to know and serve Christ Jesus. He’s always ready for the next adventure on his journey with Jesus.
He is married to Melissa. They were married in 2000. They have two children: Morgan and Mya. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from North Greenville University, a Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He enjoys golf, hunting and fishing, and he loves spending time with his family more than anything else.
Patty Vincent was born in South Bend, Indiana on Easter Sunday. She did not grow up in a Christian home even though we went to church occasionally. They moved to North Carolina when she was 12. No one ever asked if she knew Jesus Christ as my Savior until she met my future husband, who led her to the Lord following a revival at Highland.
Patty graduated from Salisbury Business College and it has been a joy and privilege to serve as church secretary since March 1975. She has enjoyed working with many pastors, staff members, and the congregation of Highland Baptist Church through the years. She desires to reflect her love of God in all her work and appreciate the many talents of the members at Highland. We have a truly unique and loving church.
Bill and Patty were married at Highland in September 1972 and they have two daughters. Jennifer (husband, Chad and son, Levi) is a 3rd grade teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School and Kelly is an art teacher who currently resides in Dubai. A new joy was added to their life on July 21, 2016 when the Lord blessed us with a grandson, Levi.
Patty loves animals, especially cats and dogs. She also enjoys flowers, plants, decorating for holidays, sewing when there is time, writing letters, and sending cards.
Life verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me”. Philippians 4:13