About our Pastor-
Keith Perren was a graduate of Grandview R-II school in 1991. He immediately entered the work force after high school. While working full time as a truck driver he also was a volunteer youth minister in a local church. He married his sweetheart of almost five years, Dianna Brinley at the age of twenty one. They immediately started a family and now have four wonderful children. Katelyn who is 21 and now married, Madelyn now 18, Jaclyn now 16, and Zachary who is now 13. After several years in youth ministry he was also ordained as a deacon in the same church. At the age of twenty nine he went to work full time for the Jefferson Baptist Association as the Director of Student Ministries. A year after working at the Jefferson Baptist Association, he started filling pulpits as a pulpit supply at many of the churches in the Association. Eventually, this led to a interim pastorate for ten months before becoming the bi-vocational pastor and a few years later, the church voted to call him as a full time pastor. This April Brother Keith will be in his thirteenth year as the pastor of Highland Southern Baptist Church.
About our church-
Highland Southern Baptist Church is in partnership with three organizations :
The Jefferson Baptist Association:
42 churches that fellowship together and work together to reach Jefferson County
The Missouri Baptist Convention:
Churches that choose to fellowship together with the goal of evangelizing our state.
The Southern Baptist Convention
Churches that choose to cooperate together in a world-wide effort for missions. We now wholeheartedly support these three groups in helping start many other new churches and to strengthen the established church for the purpose of fulfilling the great commission through our giving.
WHAT IS THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST
It is the largest association of Christian churches in America:
One out of every 10 churches in America is affiliated with the SBC (45,000 churches and 16 million members — more than most other denominations combined).
It is the most diverse association of churches:
SBC churches include every race, nationality, and ethnic group. Each Sunday, services are held in over 80 languages in the U.S.
It is one of the fastest growing groups:
The SBC baptized over 400,000 new Christians in the year 2000 in the U.S. and begins nearly 5 new churches a day!
WHY NOT JUST BE AN INDEPENDENT CHURCH?
We are an independent church! Every SBC church is completely independent. There is no denominational control or hierarchy, as there are in most other denominations. Each church is self-governed and determines its own affairs.
Every SBC church chooses its own pastor
Every SBC church owns its own buildings and assets
Every SBC church determines its own programs
The Essentials We Believe
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory where He is the only Mediator between God and people, and will return again to earth for His Church. He will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible, both Old and New testaments, is God’s Word to all. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit and contains no error. The Bible is the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5