The Church of the Highlands (former Highland Park Baptist Church) has sold much of its property in Highland Park, according to the pastor, Dr. Jeremy Roberts, who told the congregation Easter Sunday during services at the new Harrison site on Hunter Road.
"We have a contract to sell four of our buildings in the Highland Park community (Main Auditorium, Chauncey-Goode Auditorium, Phillips Chapel, and the Hancock Building) for a total of $3.1 million to Redemption Point Church. We are set to close by the end of April, and will be debt free. After we close, we will have a note-burning ceremony to celebrate the removal of financial bondage from our church. Praise God."
Redemption Point Central Campus is located in Ooltewah, and Redemption Point Metro Campus in Chattanooga.
Redemption Point held services on Easter Sunday at the Tivoli Theater and filled the downtown facility.
Dr. Roberts also announced that Rick McKnight, student pastor, is transitioning from part-time to full-time on June 1. "Rick's role on our staff will expand from just student ministry to continuing to oversee our student ministry, plus launching a sports and recreation ministry and leading assimilation of people into our church family. Rick's new title as of June 1st will be student and sports pastor. As our church pours a lot of energy, attention, and resources into ministering to children and teenagers, this staff promotion helps move us forward."
The church, which has two worship services each Sunday, also had several services and activities over the weekend, including an Easter Egg Drop from a helicopter Satuday when some 2,000 came to gather the 10,000 eggs dropped from the sky.