Staff

  • BEN SMITH

    Senior Pastor

    Ben pastored here at HLCC as the Associate Pastor from 2007 until August of 2015 when he took the position of Senior Pastor . He has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 2002 and his passion is discipleship and communicating the Word through sound Biblical preaching. He loves investing in people and helping them grow in the faith as followers of Jesus. Ben loves to empower and equip others to realize their potential in ministry and release them to use their talents for the sake of the Kingdom and the community.


    He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and Bible from Boise Bible College (2003) and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Multnomah University (2015).


    Ben and his wife Angie have been married since 1998 and have been blessed with 3 beautiful girls—Gracie, Libby, and Elise. He loves spending time with family and friends doing anything outdoor recreation, especially if it involves extreme adrenaline or barbequed meat!


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    Contact Ben via email at ben@highlakescc.org

  • LEIF FORD

    Pastoral Care

    Leif has served as an Associate Pastor at High Lakes since July of 2012. Leif has a utilitarian role; he currently serves as Director of the High Lakes Celebrate Recovery program, as Coordinator of HLCC Life Groups (home-based small groups), as Service Coordinator for weekend services, occasionally handles corporate preaching and teaching responsibilities, and covers other church-related organizational and administrative responsibilities that arise. Previous to this assignment, Leif worked as a youth pastor from 1990-2000 in both Montana and Western Oregon.


    Leif has a passion for healing ministries and for helping others develop a holistic faith in Jesus. In particular, he is passionate about helping people heal from religious bondage, as well as issues connected to relationships, marriage, family, and divorce. He also has a passion for helping organizations maximize their missional and operational effectiveness. Leif is a published author; having written on the subject of emotional intelligence and organizational credibility, and contributed research to an academic textbook on Developmental Psychology.


    Leif has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Youth Ministry and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Northwest Christian University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology from Walden University.


    Leif has been married since December 2007 to his wife Amy, a professor at OSU Cascades in Bend, and an amazingly gifted and wise woman! In his free time, Leif pursues traveling and photography, enjoys reading about history and human achievement, and enjoys outdoor activities such as jet skiing, camping, fishing, hiking, and basketball.


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    Contact Leif via email at leif@highlakescc.org



  • AARON JONES

    Youth and Worship Pastor

    Aaron has served as the Youth and Worship Pastor at High Lakes since June of 2016. Aaron coordinates and oversees both the Youth and Worship Departments of High Lakes. He has a heart for students, community connection and seeing people enter into a passionate relationships with Jesus Christ. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hope International University in Youth and Intercultural Studies (2008).


    Aaron and his wife Heather have been married since 2008 and have two awesome children - Parker and Makena. He enjoys time with family, his dogs and cheering on the Oregon Ducks!


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    Contact Aaron via email at aaron@highlakescc.org

  • JEANETTE WHITCOMB

    Office Manager

    Jeanette is our office manager and a vital part of our ministerial team. She has a passion for providing a listening ear, a hug, and a smile to people. Weekly she oversees many areas of ministry, helping volunteers to find their giftedness . She's has two wonderful daughters, Kaitlyn and Rachel. Jeanette joined our staff in August of 2013.


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    Contact Jeanette via email at Jeanette@highlakescc.org