Our Story

Tim Nelson

Senior Pastor


Tim grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to Christ at the age of 6. However, it was his father's death when he was 10 years old that really challenged him to fully trust God with all things and ultimately led to a call to ministry later in life.

Tim graduated from Eastern Nazarene College and then Nazarene Theological Seminary and was honored to plant BridgeWay Community Church in Rockford, MI and led it for 9 years.  He then served at Ada Bible Church for four years as Director of Spiritual Formation.

Tim and his wife Mary just celebrated 23 years of marriage and are raising 4 great kids: Gabi, Isaac, Sam and Sophie.

Tim's hobbies include golf, skiing, running, games with the kids (Euchre, Settlers, Puerto Rico, Hearts, etc.), pretty much every sport and hiking mountains (when possible). He loves Scripture and enjoys relearning what it means to be a child of God living in a world that is increasingly hostile to the Church.  It is his life goal to bridge to the lost and hurting and point them to Christ, who loves all without hesitation.

Chase Bartels

Youth Pastor


Chase grew up in Jackson, Michigan in a Christian home, and gave his life to Christ at a very young age. During his senior year of high school, after much prayer and careful listening to God about what he should do with his future, Chase felt a calling to go into youth ministry. After making this decision, Chase attended Spring Arbor University in 2014, in which he served as an intern in his youth group at JaxNaz Church, the church he grew up in, and will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry.


Chase is currently engaged to his fiancé, Christy, and will be getting married in June 2018.


Aside from spending time with God, Christy, family and teens, Chase enjoys playing soccer, working out and watching Netflix.



Kelly Doolittle

Office Manager


Kelly joined the High Pointe team in April 2016 and brings energy and joy to the office each day.  She oversees the daily operations of the church and facilities, all while assisting the pastors.  This job allows her to combine her skills of organization with her passion for helping others and serving people.  She considers it a privilege to work and serve the people of High Pointe.

Married to Jeff since 1991, they have three kids and are very proud of the individuals that they are becoming.  The Doolittle family has lived in Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and Michigan.  

Kelly's life is centered around her family.  She enjoys vacations, walking, shopping and great friends!  

Kristen Gray

Office Assistant


Kristen joined the High Pointe team in April 2016 and helps in the office with daily operations.  Kristen is also a part of the Worship Team and coordinates the Worship schedule.

Kristen was raised in both Michigan and Florida and is a Gator fan. She's been married to her husband, Bob, for 16 years they have two daughters: Emily and Chloe.

Life is centered around family, sports activities and time together.  She enjoys running and biking.

Church Board

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    First Impressions

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    Grounds Maintenance

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