Meet Our Staff

Dan Hanselman

Lead Pastor
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Dan began serving as the pastor at Highland Congregational Church in August 2015. He has a passion for teaching the Bible, talking theology, and telling everyone about Jesus. Prior to arriving at HCC, he has ministered in churches in the suburbs of Detroit and in Southwest Colorado.
Dan graduated from Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He loves to hang out with his wife and kids, watch the Detroit Lions, run marathons, and read theology books, as well as, Calvin and Hobbes.

Don’t forget to check out Dan’s Blog

Christian Education Director

Christian Education Director

Highland Congregational Church is looking to hire a part-time Christian Education Director. We are a small/mid-size church located in Highland, Michigan. God has recently blessed us with growth and we are hoping to hire an individual to oversee the children and youth ministry. We are a Bible-oriented, friendly congregation, who identifies Jesus Christ as ‘The Main Thing’ and ‘Making Disciples of Him’ as our mission. If you have a heart for ministry and are interested in this position, feel free to contact us at

Martha Larsh

Administrative Assistant
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Martha has served at HCC for almost 4 years. She previously worked for large corporations and now enjoys working with the congregation of HCC. She loves gardening, camping, reading and spending time with family.

Sarah Empie

Director of Children's Ministries
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Sarah is part of the Spiritual Growth Team and enjoys focusing her time and energy to the Wednesday Night “GodPrints” Ministry program for preschool-grade 5 and Vacation Bible School in the summer.  She has her undergrad degree in elementary education and her master’s in special education and early childhood.  She loves to hang out with her family, running, and teaching all the different Bible stories to all kids! 

She loves rocking out to the “10 Commandment Boggie” with her daughters! Her favorite verses are Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.