A Note for Our Visitors

As the Pastor of High Peak Baptist Church since January 2007 I have the privilege of being Christ’s under-shepherd for a great congregation.  High Peak’s strengths are a passion for the Word of God, a love for one another, and a dedication to seeing people become growing followers of Jesus.

kevin and barb purcell
My wife Barb and I take a walk along the Catawba River.

A Little About Me

I became a pastor in 1993 at Blanket Creek Baptist Church in Falmouth, KY. Since then I’ve served two other church in Rose Hill, NC and Dallas, NC.

I graduated from Georgetown College, in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1991 with a major in Religion and one in Philosophy. I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for a couple of years while in Kentucky and then finished at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998. After a few years, I decided to improve myself by attending Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary working on a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching. You can read my dissertation on my personal website.

In addition to serving as a pastor, I have a writing ministry. I try to help people use technology in ministry through my personal website and my YouTube Channel.

What to Expect

If you come to worship with us, you can expect a very comfortable atmosphere. I try to preach Biblically based sermons using the Christian Standard Bible primarily. I enjoy using visual illustrations and consider my messages Biblical expository sermons. I preach for about 30-40 minutes, sometimes shorter and other times longer.

Get a preview of our worship services on our Facebook Page where we livestream both Sunday morning and Wednesday evening services.

My favorite teaching time of the week happens on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in our Fellowship Hall! We do in depth inspiring studies to challenge and focus you during the middle of the week. Come Sunday night at 6:00 PM for a very casual time. We pray and sing and then I preach or teach for the remainder of the hour and we almost always get out by 7:00 PM.

My Family

the purcell family
My family after our beloved Packers won the Super Bowl in 2011.

My wife teaches first grade at Valdese Elementary School. I have two boys, Michael and Daniel. Michael Purcell is the pastor of Community of Drexel Baptist Church. Daniel Purcell is a college student at UNC Greensboro studying film.