Jesus Christ is the Head of this church, and His Word serves as the standard by which we conduct ourselves and by which leaders are chosen and how they operate. Our “under-shepherds” lead by serving, caring for, guiding, and loving the church. Their lives must be marked by godly character and humble submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. They are tested and affirmed by the congregation–accountable to the Lord, to each other, and to the church.
We practice plurality leadership and follow an Elder-led, Congregational form of governance. Simply put, that means that a group of men who are called by God and affirmed by the congregation serve as elders (lay and staff) who provide spiritual leadership to the church with the support of a group of deacons. Meanwhile, the church’s members are still actively involved in the decisions that guide the work of the church’s ministry and operations.
Pastor Matt Tarr
Matt considers himself blessed to have been raised in a godly Christian home where he submitted his life to Christ at a young age, though it was not until entering college at Liberty University that he realized the Lord was calling him into full-time pastoral ministry. After marrying his wife Melody in 2009, Matt served as a chaplain at the Scranton Rescue Mission until enrolling at The Master’s Seminary to pursue his M.Div. degree. During that time, he also served in various capacities on staff at Grace Community Church, most recently as an administrative assistant in the Pastoral Counseling Department and Men’s Ministries. Then, in 2014, he graduated from the Grace Advance Academy before being affirmed by the congregation of High Point Baptist Church as our pastor of preaching-teaching.
Matt has passion for accurately handling the Word of God, discipleship, evangelism, and encouraging others to honor Christ by their Christian living. The Lord has blessed Matt and Melody with three children: Jonathan, Timothy, and Chris.
Our Associate Pastor
Pastor Robert Bennett
Robert is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary with more than ten years of ministry experience serving in various capacities in California and Denver, CO. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in theology with an emphasis in evangelism, biblical counseling, and hospital and prison chaplaincy. Before entering the ministry, Robert worked as a certified computer and technology technician and, prior to attending seminary, provided pulpit supply to a variety of churches while he and his wife traveled throughout California as guest musicians. He is also a certified pregnancy counselor through Heartbeat International, a certified instructor for the Malachi Dads prison ministry, and is actively pursuing his certification in biblical counseling through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). As our Associate Pastor he oversees corporate worship and music, local outreach, and our biblical counseling ministry.
Robert’s highest passions include honoring the Lord through service to His Church, and being a godly husband and father to his wife, Terri, and their two adopted children, Kali and Connor.
Tom has been a member of High Point Baptist Church for over six years. He has served in various roles as a member of the Stewardship Team, as a deacon, and as a Youth Ministry leader since joining the church. God has blessed him with a wonderful wife, Laurie, and six children. Tom currently teaches High School Physics at a local Pennsylvania school.
After graduating from Baptist Bible Seminary–M.Div. (’85) and Th.M (’88)–, Greg taught high school English for several years. During that time, he also finished three courses in the Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program. In 2005 Greg completed the English literature program at the University of Scranton. Since 2006, he has been facilitating composition, literature, and communications courses at the University of Phoenix (online). He has served in leadership roles at High Point Baptist Church since 2013, and has been an active member for more than two decades.
Matthew Tarr, Pastor-Teacher
Robert Bennett, Associate Pastor
Paul Davies, Church Administrator
David Gaugler, Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Jim Young, Custodian