Mark is a native Tennessean and was raised in the Nashville area. He attended the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University and graduated from MTSU with BS and MBA degrees.

After college, Mark felt called to ministry. Through this calling, Mark served as an associate pastor of HGC and now serves as its head pastor–totaling to over 20 years of service. Mark and his wife, Becky, have ministered to and blessed many people through their time spent at Higher Ground. With a passion for the Word of God, love for God’s people, and a drive to follow Jesus Christ, Mark has inspired many to grow and deepen their faith and desire for truth.



Dan has been called to ministry for over 40 years. He and his wife, Sharon, have been a part of Higher Ground since its beginning in 1980. Dan has a enduring love for the Word of God and for God’s people. As well as being a pastor for Higher Ground Church, Dan speaks and teaches around the United States as well as internationally.



HGC Kids has a loving and skilled staff led by Becky Jones. Becky is the wife of Pastor Mark Jones, and is a 5th grade teacher in Sumner County School district.  She has a wonderful passion for God and a love for children.

Sunday School is a time of creative teaching, biblical stories, and hands-on learning at an early age to begin building a foundation for faith. We want every child to hear God’s Word, learn to trust in Jesus Christ, and follow in the footsteps of the apostles that walked before them.

HGC brings Bible stories to life and applies biblical truths in a way kids understand. Each theme includes fun activities, Bible stories and prayer time. Optional arts & crafts, games, and other exploration discoveries are periodically included.

Nursery: There is a nursery for parents with infants and toddlers up to 2 years old. The nursery overlooks the auditorium and has audio so that parents can enjoy the service.



Higher Ground Church is affiliated with the Church of God General Conference whose mission is to help churches and spread the truth of the Word of God to the world.

HGC is also a proud donor for ministries including 21st Century Reformation, Lord’s Harvest International, and Atlanta Bible College.

For more information about each of these organizations, visit their websites below:

Church of God General Conference:

21st Century Reformation:

Lord’s Harvest International:

Atlanta Bible College: