Highland's Staff

John Watson, Pulpit Minister


John began preaching the word of God in October, 2005 when he accepted the role of youth minister at the River Road Church of Christ in Albany, GA.   While serving the church as the youth minister, John developed an abstinence program that annually served over 1500 students in the Dougherty County school system as well as 150 students in an after school setting.  John has traveled the United States as a consultant with World Vision,  training community and faith based organizations on best practices in reaching the at risk youth of today’s society.  John has carried the message as a motivational speaker to Kenya and Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

John has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Liberty University and is currently finishing his Master’s in Divinity at Mercer University.  John Watson is married to Nakisha L. Watson.  They have two wonderful boys: Dewayne and Jonathan.  John and his family currently reside in Lakeland, Florida.  He is a fun loving father who adores his wife and humbly serves and follows his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Wanda Walmsley, Church Secretary


Wanda has been an active member of the Highlands family for more than 30 years.  She and her husband, Bob, have been married for 41 years.  They have three married children and have been blessed with seven precious grandchildren.  Wanda is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  She worked for five years at the Highlands Christian Preschool and then served as the secretary here at Highlands from 1994 to 1999.  As grandchildren began to arrive, she committed her time to care for them during the day while their parents worked.  Wanda's greatest desire is to serve God by serving others.