Pastors & Staff

HighPoint is led by fun, friendly, approachable leaders. We combine a wide variety of life experiences with a deep love for Jesus and for people, allowing us to help connect people to God in a real and practical way.

Keith Tower

Lead Pastor

Pastor Keith Tower serves as Lead Pastor of HighPoint in Orlando. At 7 feet tall, he just might be the tallest pastor in Central Florida. When not leading the church, Pastor Keith and wife Jennifer, and their two daughters can be found enjoying nachos and watching Notre Dame football, laughing with friends playing board games, or enjoying the Butler Chain of Lakes in the summer. While at HighPoint, expect Pastor Keith to use his unique experiences as a professional athlete, professional counselor and a seasoned missionary, along with a great sense of humor and deep love for people to help you become all that God created you to be.

Andrew DeClercq

Co-Founder and Business Manager

Andrew DeClercq is a co-founder and Executive Pastor of HighPoint. A beach bum at heart, the former NBA veteran of 10 seasons loves when he and his family are able to sneak away to his hometown of Clearwater Beach. Andrew enjoys staying fit by lifting weights, riding his bike, and swimming.

Mario Jiménez

Pastor, Iglesia HighPoint

Pastor Mario leads Iglesia HighPoint, our new Spanish speaking congregation.  Mario is a native of the Dominican Republic, where he served in reaching college students with the Gospel.  Mario and his wife Katie relocated to Orlando in 2019, where he is actively engaged with the Latino community.  Mario has a background in publishing and marketing and is a fan of all kinds of movies.  Mario loves the outdoors, enjoys camping, and has hiked on the Appalachian Trail.

Heather Hunsicker

Associate Pastor

Heather Hunsicker serves as an Associate Pastor with a particular focus on global missions. As a seasoned missionary, Heather has led teams to 3 different continents, and continues to lead teams from around the world through Real Life Missions. While at HighPoint, she focuses on our community partnerships, Life Groups, and ministry to families. The Wisconsin native is a die hard Green Bay Packers fan, a bug and frog collector (with her sons), and a pretty serious deer hunter. She and her husband, Joshua, have 2 sons.

Ross Middleton

Associate Pastor

Associate Pastor Ross Middleton is a true Floridian.  Ross grew up in Panama City, Florida, graduated from Florida State, and led SouthCoast Church in Ft Lauderdale.  Holding a degree in Music, Ross is a connoisseur of all thing musical.  Ross and his wife Amy have three energetic boys.  Along with his oldest son, Pastor Ross hosts the Teenology podcast, focusing on relevant theology for teens.  When he is not cheering on his beloved Noles on weekends, he can be found coaching his boys’ sports teams.

Jennifer Tower

Caribbean Ministry Director

Jennifer Tower oversees pioneering and advancement for HighPoint in the Caribbean region. Jennifer uses her entrepreneurial and organizational gifts to facilitate church plants and establish campus ministries in the nations of the Caribbean. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Jennifer is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Theology and Mission at Every Nation Seminary. Along with her husband Keith, she loves traveling, reading, and visiting their two grown daughters.

Melissa Harpool

KidzTown Ministry Director

Melissa Harpool serves HighPoint as the “mayor of KidzTown”. With a background in elementary education and 15 years experience in children’s ministry, Melissa loves coming up with fun ways to teach children about Jesus and planting seeds that God will cultivate for a lifetime. Melissa and her husband Keith grew up in the Midwest, and bring down home family values to KidzTown. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, riding her bike, going to the beach, and going to the movies.

Nikka Warner

Campus Minister

Nicole Warner serves at HighPoint as the Campus Minister and assistant to the Missions Pastor. She is a graduate of Florida State University, where she encountered Jesus and has now dedicated her time to reaching college students with the power of the Gospel. As a missionary she has been to Honduras, Colombia, Cuba, and continues to seek new places to bring the joy of the Lord. You can spot her from a distance if her afro is let out or you find her dancing to a song playing out loud or in her head. You are likely to be greeted with a hug.

Rylee Adams

Student Ministry Director

Rylee serves as Student Ministry Director, leading middle school and high school students at Elevate. Rylee was born in Portland Oregon and moved to Florida where she met her husband Jameson Adams. She has seen been a leader at Elevate as high school student, a ministry intern, and now as the Director. Along with her husband, Rylee has been on many missions trips.
In her spare time, she loves finding new crafty ways to express her creativity, enjoys baking delicious treats, and finds joy in playing board games with friends and her growing family.

Saskia Smith


Saskia serves HighPoint Church in the unique role of a missionary to the USA.  She is originally from Pretoria, South Africa, has been a cross cultural missionary in Manila, Philippines, and relocated to Orlando in 2020.  She has traveled the world extensively, including visiting 18 nations on 5 continents.  Saskia is an accomplished musician, songwriter, and singer.  A true adventurer at heart, Saskia is as comfortable exploring the wilds of her native South Africa as she is exploring the vastness of North America’s cities, always with a sketchbook in hand.

Katie Jiménez

Minister, Iglesia HighPoint

Katie is an international missionary and is training, along with her husband Mario, to start a new church in the Dominican Republic.  Prior to her involvement in children’s and campus ministry, Katie was a nurse.  In her free time, Katie loves to read novels and British literature with a nice cup of tea.  She enjoys movies, both old and new.  Katie will bake and eat anything with chocolate.