High Peak Baptist Church wants to invest in the lives of people who join our family, whether that’s one time or for a lifetime. We know Jesus chose to love us by sacrificing himself for us. So we hope to do the same for people in our fellowship.

Take a look around and consider worshipping with us. Our worship times are as follows:

Sunday Morning at 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Our Purpose

High Peak Baptist Church exists to …

  1. Honor God
  2. Grow in His Word and
  3. Love Others as Christ Loves Us!

Here’s what this looks like in practice.

We exist to Honor God in worship!

We seek to honor God in a worship service without a lot of glitz or showmanship, but just simple and traditional worship that includes singing, testimony on occasion, and Bible-focused preaching. We hope to take that worship with us every day as we honor God in our jobs, at school, in the community, and wherever we live.

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We exist to Grow in His Word!

We try to grow in his word. In John 1 we learn that the living “word of God” is actually Jesus. It also refers to the Bible. We want to grow more like Jesus as we study and apply God’s word. Second, it means that we want to not only grow more like Christ, but we want our community to grow larger as more people become disciples in our church.

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We exist to Love Others as Christ Loves Us!

Finally, we love other people the way Jesus loved us. That means self-sacrificial, others-focused, and Christ-like caring and fellowship. We love people outside our church by supporting things like the Morganton Outreach Center, Burke United Christian Ministries, the Pregnancy Care Center and other causes. When people are hurting we at least pray for them and often also give to them. And we also support our members and people in our community as they have spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.

A message from our Pastor

Dr. Kevin Purcell and his wife Barb.

I came to High Peak in 2007. Quickly this church took us in and loved us. At first, I believed they did this because many churches show care for their new pastor. They may not treat others with as much love and attention, but a new pastor is like a new gadget. We give it our attention all the time until it becomes familiar. We then settle into a routine.

Instead, we learned that loving people is the standard way High Peak people treat one another. I’ve learned that High Peak just loves, whether they’re loving their new pastor, guests who come for the first time, or people who’ve been around a long time!

Our mission statement includes the phrase “loving others as Christ loves us”. While we will never perfectly love as Christ does, we learned what you will learn if you come and get involved with the High Peak Church community. People at High Peak take this part of our mission sentiment seriously.

When a guest comes to worship on Sunday, they will feel welcome and important. We don’t boast a skillful group of people who do everything perfectly. Instead, we boast of people who want to Honor God in their talents and skills. They want to grow closer to Jesus by learning the Word and they will love you as they get to know you! Please come take part.

People who chose to become a regular part of our church will also feel a part of things. Come to a Sunday school class. Attend our Wednesday night prayer services. Bring your kids to one of our midweek discipleship classes. Doing any of these things will connect you to people in our community and you will feel loved.

Find Us

Here’s a Google map that you can use to find our church at 3073 High Peak Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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Our building from God’s viewpoint.

From Interstate 40 take Exit 107 and turn right regardless of which direction you’re coming from. Turn right onto either Cook Road or High Peak Road and you can’t miss our church building.

Contact Us

Phone: (828) 874-0164
Mail: 3073 High Peak Rd, Valdese, NC 28690
Email: Email us at office@highpeakchurch.com


Dr. Kevin Purcell – Pastor

Dr. Kevin Purcell, Pastor

Our pastor came to High Peak in 2006 with his wife Barbara and two sons Michael and Daniel. He loves to preach, counsel people, write about Bible software and technology for ChurchTechToday.com, his own personal website and a couple of other websites. Kevin’s a product of the Midwest and graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (D. Min. 2005), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div. 1998) and Georgetown College (B.A. in Religion and Philosophy 1991).

Music: Dennis Hamrick

Christmas Social 2011 - Dennis and Cindy Hamrick
Dennis and Cindy Hamrick our Music Director and our pianist.

Dennis began serving as the music minister at High Peak about thirty years ago. He loves the Lord and leads our choir and worship at High Peak with passion and joy. He and his wife Cindy have two grown daughters. They both also work in the banking industry. Cindy plays the piano during our worships services.

Youth: Britt Abernathy

Britt Abernathy serves as the team leader that disciples our teenagers at High Peak. She’s married to Harrison Abernathy. They have two children, Cooper and Kennedy.

Britt and her daughter Kennedy pass out treat bags at this year’s drive-through Trunk or Treat during Covid-19.

Britt leads with energy, love, and commitment. She focuses on teaching our children the love of Christ, how to serve others and to lift up the name of Jesus. She includes the youth in working with children in our church as well.

Children: Mandy Hice, Marie Pendley and Zabrina Hice

Left to Right: Mandy Hice, Marie Pendley and Zabrina Hice
The High Peak Children’s Ministry Team.

Mandy Hice, Marie Pendley, and Zabrina Hice lead our children’s group.  Mandy works as a social worker. Marie works as an accountant, and Zabrina attends college studying elementary education.

The team loves kids, especially teaching them about Jesus and His love for children.  The children’s group goes on local trips, celebrates holidays together, enjoys movie nights and all sorts of fun.

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