About Us

Worship Services

Come join us on Sunday morning as we exalt Jesus Christ in worship! We want to welcome you as our guest and provide a place where you can feel at home.

Our morning of worship begins at 8:30am with our Sunday Bible School hour. Our corporate worship service begins at 10:00am.  This is the culmination of our Sunday morning where God’s people gather as His body to corporately express our love and praise to Him. A blend of contemporary praise and worship music, along with traditional hymns of the faith, draw believers into a meaningful time with God and prepare them for the biblical teaching and preaching from our pastors.

Between Sunday Bible School and our worship service, 9:30-10:00am, we have our Coffee Connection in the gathering area next to 38th Street Coffee. Come join us and enjoy a cup of coffee and a time to visit with others.

Our Sunday Bible School hour is a time of equipping from God’s Word and encouragement from time with other believers. From the fall until the spring we offer classes for all ages. These classes include Adult electives, IMPACT for our 7th-12th graders, as well as our LAUNCH ministry for children birth through 6th grade. We also offer childcare for children 3 and under year-round.

Highland Park Church is located on the north side of Columbus, NE on 38th street. We are just east of the Columbus Community Hospital. Please refer to the maps and directions for more information.

About Us

Our highest desire at Highland Park is “Exalting Jesus Christ, Loving One Another and Giving Ourselves Away”. This is based on the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. We will do so by…

Multiplying  and Training Disciples

  • We will build a training regiment that is Word-centered and theologically-focused that builds both life and ministry skill.

Sending Disciples

  • We will obey Jesus’ command to take the Gospel to the “ends of the earth”. We will follow God’s strategy to teach those who will teach others. We will do so by training and sending them to the community, to the surrounding town, to the region, to the ends of the earth!

Are you interested in Membership?

Because of the significance of church membership, we encourage people to attend Highland Park for at least 6 months before joining the church.  We believe members should know their church well and be fully aware of what membership entails.  It is strongly encouraged that you attend one of the Highland Park Membership sessions before applying for membership.  When you are ready to take this step, we welcome your application. Please contact one of our Pastors or Elders, or download a membership application and return it to the church office.

Statement on Marriage

God has designed marriage and defined it in His Word as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself (Gen. 1:27; 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6). For this reason, Highland Park Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors of Highland Park Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Finally, the facilities and property of Highland Park Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman. Click here for a complete “Meaning and Requirements for Marriage” at Highland Park.


Our Staff

Senior Pastor
Mike Escen
Pastor of Administration 
Kevin Bennett
Tevor_WebPastor of Student Ministries
Trevor Doles
Director of Family Ministries
Jonathan Niles
Administrative Assistant
Cindy Stoeckle
Administrative Assistant
Sue Christensen

Our Elders and Deacons

Brian Christensen, Church Chairman
Mark Kasik, Elder
Don Konrad, Elder
Matt Stoeckle, Elder
Erik Weinmeister, Elder
Mike Escen, Staff Elder
Kevin Bennett, Staff Elder
Trevor Doles, Staff Elder
Tim Birkel, Deacon
Jnel Birkel, Deacon
Sue Christensen, Deacon
Les Bennett, Deacon

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability®

ECFA_Accredited_Final_CMYK_ET2Highland Park Church is under the authority of ECFA accreditation. This is a tangible assurance that contributions are being handled in accordance with high standards of integrity. Having such assurance, our donors are able to give with confidence to our ministry programs.