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.

Andrew Weaver, Youth and Family Minister

Andrew graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. Upon graduation, Andrew served as the Youth and family minister at the Rockledge Church of Christ in Rockledge, Florida. Before coming to Highlands, Andrew served alongside his wife, Tiffany as full-time missionaries in the Dominican Republic with Manna Global Ministries. While with Manna, Andrew worked with the church planting ministry, taught Bible classes at Manna Christian School, and directed a children’s ministry designed to develop children who display the Biblical character traits of Jesus Christ. 


Andrew is originally from Orlando, Florida and graduated from Mt. Dora Christian Academy in 2010. Andrew Has served as a camp week coordinator at Central Florida Bible Camp since 2012. Andrew is married to Tiffany Weaver, who is currently serving as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator here at Highlands. Andrew and Tiffany currently reside in Lakeland, Florida. Andrew loves to have fun and to help students develop a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 


Carley Rush, Children's Ministry Coordinator

Carley is from Avon Park, FL and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University in 2006. She also received her Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Florida State University in 2008. Carley has spent many years working with children of all ages. She has worked as a preschool teacher, taught Sunday school classes, interned with the youth group at Meridian Woods Church of Christ, and served as a camp counselor at FBC for many years. She was a public elementary school teacher for 10 and a half years before becoming the children’s ministry coordinator at Highlands.

Carley is married to Jack, a firefighter/paramedic with the Lakeland Fire Department. They have a one year old son, named Jackson.

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 nine 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.