Leadership at High Point Baptist Church

Pastor & ELDERS

Jesus Christ is the Head of this church, and His Word serves as the standard by which we conduct ourselves and by which leaders are chosen and how they operate. Our “under-shepherds” lead by serving, caring for, guiding, and loving the church. Their lives must be marked by godly character and humble submission to the Lord Jesus Christ. They are tested and affirmed by the congregation–accountable to the Lord, to each other, and to the church.
We practice plurality leadership and follow an Elder-led, Congregational form of governance. Simply put, that means that a group of men who are called by God and affirmed by the congregation serve as elders (lay and staff) who provide spiritual leadership to the church with the support of a group of deacons. Meanwhile, the church’s members are still actively involved in the decisions that guide the work of the church’s ministry and operations.

Matt Tarr

Pastor-Teacher

After graduating with a B.A. in Pastoral Leadership at Liberty University, Matt then received his Masters of Divinity degree at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. During that time, Matt also served on staff at Grace Community Church as the V.P. of Grace Community School and as a Pastoral Assistant in the Counseling and Men's Ministries departments. After seminary, Matt then graduated from the Grace Advance Academy for specialized training in church plant and revitalization ministries. He then assumed the role as Pastor-teacher of High Point Baptist Church in Dec. 2014. In May 2021, Matt completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching from The Master's Seminary.

Matt has passion for accurately handling the Word of God, discipleship, evangelism, and encouraging others to honor Christ by their Christian living. Matt is also an avid outdoorsman and loves the opportunity to spend time hunting, camping, running, cycling, or hiking with his boys. The Lord has blessed Matt and his wife Melody with four children: Jonathan, Timothy, Christopher, and Nicholas.

Greg Hauser

Associate Pastor-Teacher

In 2010, Greg moved to California to begin attending The Master’s Seminary. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2014 and a Master of Theology in 2019, after spending more than 20 years in the financial industry.
 
Greg's wife’s name is Tanya. They met at Grace Community Church and the Lord blessed them with two children, Benjamin and Christa. Prior to joining High Point Baptist Church, Greg worked at "Grace to You", John MacArthur's media ministry for almost 10 years.

Backing up a little, on April 19, 2000 God saved Greg out of his religious heritage of Catholicism. His gift of faith occurred while attending a men’s Bible study in his hometown of Des Moines, IA. He was confronted by the Gospel during a message about Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in Jesus Christ followed by the purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. Greg was convinced by the biblical truth of Jesus Christ, and God's Word convicted his sinful heart. He repented and trusted in Jesus.

Tom Joyce

Lay Elder

Tom has been a member of High Point Baptist Church since 2012. He has served in various roles as a deacon, serving HPBC on the Stewardship Team  and as a Youth Ministry leader since joining the church. God has blessed him with a wonderful wife, Laurie, and six children. Tom currently teaches High School Physics at a local Pennsylvania school. 

Greg Lynch

Lay Elder

After graduating from Baptist Bible Seminary–M.Div. (’85) and Th.M (’88), Greg taught high school English for several years. During that time, he also finished several courses in the Seminary’s Ph.D. program. In 2005 Greg completed the English literature program at the University of Scranton. Since 2006, he has been facilitating composition, literature, and communications courses at the University of Phoenix (online). He has served in leadership roles at High Point Baptist Church since 2013, and has been an active member for more than two decades. 

Tom Bassett

Lay Elder

Tom has been a member of High Point since 2016. He is a graduate of Clarks Summit University ‘15 with a bachelor’s in Bible and Music Education and Kutztown University ‘19 with a Master’s of Music Education.  He anticipates completing his biblical counseling certification from ACBC in 2021 as well as his certification to teach english as a second language from Kutztown in 2021.  Tom currently serves as a youth group teacher, counselor, and music team leader at High Point.  He teaches high school music at a local district.  He is also principal clarinet for the Northerntier Symphony Orchestra and a composer.