Ministry Staff


Senior  Pastor:   Dr. James A. Miller



James is married to Linda McNeal Miller and is blessed with two adult sons. His two grandsons are the delight of his life.

Prior to becoming a pastor, James was pursuing a Master’s degree in the computer field. He had been a computer programmer in the engineering department at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas. Following his engineering experience, he was employed by Texas Electric Service Company as a systems analyst in the financial department. Unable to resist God’s call to ministry, James accepted the pastorate of a small church and pursued his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while leading two churches.


Believing that the Word of God, the Bible, is the only reliable guide for life and the key to experiencing real joy in this life and in eternity, James has devoted himself to sharing spiritual truth in a way that can be applied to the daily situations individuals face.


Will has been on staff with The Heights since January of 2016. Will is originally from Birmingham, AL, but grew up in Tennessee and Arkansas. Will has been in student ministry since 2002 and has been leading worship since he was a teenager. He is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University and is working on his Masters and then Doctoral degrees. Will is married to his lovely wife Elizabeth and has two children – Skylar and Emily. The whole family is passionate about worship and student ministry!

Minister of Worship & Students: Will Sherman



Minister of Education & Children: Dr. Mark Shaw

Dr. Mark Shaw, Minister of Education & Children, began his journey here at The Heights July 2016. We are excited to see what God will be doing in his life as he joins The Heights. Mark has served in ministry since 1991. He has a Bachelor of Theology from Baptist College of Florida, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. 

Minister of College & Media: Josh Diehr

Josh and his wife Cierra are both University of Oklahoma graduates with passionate hearts for College Students. Josh has come to The Heights as an Ambassador for Paradigm Ministries and is responsible for all things College/University at The Heights as well as keeping our Media & Website up to date.

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Financial Coordinator & Bible Study Director: Linda Russell

Linda serves as a volunteer lay leader and has also served as a staff member at The Heights.  Her leadership as Bible Study Director reaches from toddlers to Senior Adults.  Linda is passionate about "teaching and making disciples" and serving the Lord.  Linda is devoted to her family and enjoying the blessing of two granddaughters. 

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Mother's Day Out Director: Julie Shar

Julie has been blessing the children and families of our MDO program since 2020. She loves working with kids and we are delighted to have her. 


Administrative Assistant: COMING SOON!



Administrative Assistant: Kathy Booth


Kathy Booth joined The Heights staff in 2017.  Kathy is the wonderfully organized, friendly face that you will see right when you walk into our office. Kathy is a wonderful new addition to our staff!