Staff of Highland presbyterian
PASTOR- REV. MATTHEW BENZ-WHITTINGTON
Matthew and his family, Bethany, son Leo and daughter Georgia moved to Maryville in July of 2020 to join Highland and their ministry. Before coming to Maryville they spent three years in Longmont, CO and had a great adventure out west, but felt God was calling them back to their southern roots. Matthew is a native Tennessean; born and raised in Memphis and attended UT Chattanooga, earning a degree in religion. Bethany was born in Morristown, TN and was raised outside of Atlanta, GA.
Matthew has experience serving in church camps, hospital chaplaincy, and various sized congregations. Youth ministry and service to others are places where he has found much joy in my ministry.
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER- TABITHA PARKER
Tabitha has been with us at Highland Presbyterian since August of 2021 and currently lives in Maryville. She and her husband have two daughters, Grayson and Lola. Tabitha has been in the marketing field for a little under 5 years now and enjoys working with different companies to show off their talents and expertise on social media, as well as helping their brand come to life.
CHOIR DIRECTOR AND ORGANIST- JUSSARA HORTON
Jussara serves the Highland congregation as organist and choir director. This is her ninth year of service where she leads the choir and congregation in hymns and directs the choir's anthem every Sunday. The choir gathers for practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary and practices at 10:00 am in the parlor on Sunday mornings before worship.