Cynthia M. Campbell
Pastor/Head of Staff
Cynthia Campbell joined the Highland Church staff on September 1, 2011 as Interim Pastor/Head of Staff and was installed as Pastor/Head of Staff on January 13, 2013. A native of Pasadena, California, Cynthia began her ministry in Texas and served in three congregations before completing her Ph. D. She joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1981 where she taught theology and ministry and directed the Doctor of Ministry Program. In 1988, she was called to the First Presbyterian Church of Salina, Kansas, as Pastor/Head of Staff, one of the first women to serve a congregation of over 1,000 members as pastor. In 1995, she was named President of McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago (one of the ten seminaries of the Presbyterian Church). When she retired in June, her dream was to return to congregational ministry and is delighted to have been invited to Highland. She is the author of A Multitude of Blessings: A Christian Approach to Religious Diversity(2007) and God’s Abundant Table (2011). Cynthia is married to Fred Holper, who recently retired from teaching preaching and worship at McCormick Seminary. They have two adult children who live in Milwaukee and are also the proud human companions of Shadow the cat.
Reverend Doodle Harris
Associate Pastor for Christian Education & Youth
Doodle was called by the congregation of Highland Presbyterian Church on September 21, 2008, and ordained and installed on December 7, 2008. She is a native of Moultrie, Georgia and a life-long Presbyterian. Doodle holds a B.A. from Presbyterian College, a Masters in Music Theory from the University of South Carolina, and a M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She has a lot of experience in youth ministry and a great passion for it!
In searching for where God was calling her to serve, Doodle wrote: “I would like to serve in a church where people worship God with their head and hearts. This church would believe that the core of ministry is relationships with God, among members, and with others seeking to bring hope and justice to the world.”
In her spare time, Doodle enjoys a variety of activities including watching baseball games, trying new foods, traveling, playing with her cats, and reading. She has been to Disney World 17 times!!!
Reverend Matthew Nickel
Associate Pastor for Congregational Life, Outreach and Mission
Highland Presbytieran Church is a place where children of God across generations grow and serve the community together. As the Associate Pastor for Congregational Life, Outreach and Mission, Matt hopes you experience the generous welcome of the people in this corner of Louisville as we seek to live faithfully in the world. If you are looking to learn more about becoming a part of Highland or joining hands with the people with a heart for this city, he’s always up for a conversation about it. Matt and his wife, Rev. Emma Nickel, live in Louisville with their cat Scout (who received her name from the book To Kill a Mockingbird).
In August 2013, Matt was called to join the pastoral staff at Highland Presbtyerian Church and he began ministry in Louisville in October. He is a graduate of Hope College and Princeton Theological Seminary. He previously served a church in Royal Oak, MI before being called to HPC. Matt began his ordained ministry as a Resident Minister at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor. In both congregations he served with Membership and Mission. Matt was ordained in August 2009 after graduating with a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Reverend Charles Brockwell
Parish Associate for Member Care
Charles is a minister in both the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church (USA) denominations.
After teaching at University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary a combined total of 28 years, he served as pastor of the Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church. He has also served churches in Mid-Kentucky Presbytery. He is currently a member of the Commission on Preparation for Ministry of the presbytery. Charles will assist the staff in hospital, nursing home and in-home visitation.
Frank A. Heller, III
Director of Music Ministries
Frank oversees the Ministry of Music. His role is to foster the spiritual and musical growth of this congregation. Planning and implementing worship, meeting with the Worship and Spiritual Life Team, nurturing the various choral and instrumental ensembles as well as individual vocalists and instrumentalists, and coordinating the music staff are the major components of his work at Highland. He is a native Louisvillian. He and his wife, Donna, have three children (Jennifer, Shannon, and April) and four grandchildren (Ezekiel and Jasmine Procita, Mason Custard, & Lillyan Cook).
Lynn Diebold, Administrative Assistant: Ext. 221
Kathy Barnett, Office Assistant: Ext. 227
Mike Smith, Church Business Administrator: Ext. 222
Joy Blandin, Church Accountant: Ext. 241
Ann Holmes, Christian Education Assistant
Anardo “Nardie” Jackson, Head Custodian
Isam Al Hadeethi, Custodian
Music In Ministry Staff
Suzanne Bowman: Co-Director of Joyful Noise, Soprano Vocalist / Section Leader
Amanda Boyd: Assistant to Children’s Music Ministry / Director of the Lyric Choir
Edward Caruthers: Bass Vocalist / Section Leader
Frank A. Heller, III: Director of Music Ministries
Lorie Williamson: Alto Vocalist / Section Leader, Co-director of the Hallelujah Choir and Joyful Noise
Martha Makela: Co-Director of the Hallelujah Choir
Mary Rapier: Collaborative Artist of the Lyric, Alpha, Omega, & Gospel Choirs
Brian Shaw: Tenor Vocalist / Section Leader
Jan Ward: Organist