2009 – Pastor and Mrs. Chung moved to Hong Kong to hire local Christian translators to facilitate the translation of the Old Testament portion of the Preacher’s Outline Commentary. Church of the Highlands assisted with the publishing of these books.
March 2009 – Highlands Christian Schools decided to close the Alta Vista facility due to external legal circumstances, which prohibited us from purchasing it. We had been in Escrow since 2006, but God had different plans for the school. Highlands began looking for a place to move the College Preparatory division. HCCP and Alma Heights Christian Academy (AHCA) announced a merger of the two high schools. The merger nearly doubled the size of the student body, giving more opportunity for additional classes, including more Advance Placement (AP) classes with enhanced facilities.
June 2009 – Pastor and Mrs. John Chiara were transferred to pastor a church in North Carolina. She will also be close to assist her mother who lives in the area.
July 2009 – Church of the Highlands was awarded “The 2009 Best of San Bruno Award” in the Community Churches category by the US Commerce Association, Washington, D.C.
2009 – The San Francisco Business News listed Highlands Christian Schools in the “100 Top Businesses in the San Francisco area’.
2009-2010 – The merged high school had a wonderful year with minor adjustments needed. We thank God for a great year.
2010 - Church of the Highlands was awarded for the second year “The 2010 Best of San Bruno Award” in the Community Churches category by the US Commerce Association, Washington D.C.
2010 – The San Francisco Business News listed Highlands Christian Schools in the “25 Top Businesses” in the San Francisco area.
2010 –Highlands Christian Schools was nominated as “The Best of the Bay” private school in San Mateo County by KRON Channel 4 “Best of the Bay.”
April 2010 – Construction of the youth center for Church of the Highlands began.
May 2010 - Dr. David Johnston assumed the position of Assistant Superintendent. He came to us from Sydney, Australia, where in 1983, he founded Wesley Institute, a well-known international college for ministry and the arts.
May 2010 - Congratulations to Mrs. Frances Leonor for completing her Doctoral Program and becoming Dr. Frances Leonor Ed.D.
Summer 2010 - The school library is being moved and expanded, adding new books and resources. New offices are being created for the finance department. A youth center for Church of the Highlands is being built.
September 2010—San Bruno experiences a major gas explosion near the Monterey Drive campus, which burned down 38 homes in the neighborhood and damaged another 18. Several employees, church and school families were affected. Church of the Highlands actively ministers and supports local authorities to restore the community.
2010 – present The Church’s present ministry is in Borneo, Indonesia, building a Christian village to educate children and teenagers toward leadership with a Biblical worldview. Pastor Donald Sheley is directly working with leadership in organization, construction of the buildings as well as spiritual leadership of the adult volunteers.
Church and School Missions & Ministries – Over the years, Pastor Donald and Mrs. Vernita Sheley have helped over 150 churches through financing, architecture, building and organization. They have also assisted 60-80 Christian schools in Tonga, Russia, Ukraine, Korea, Philippines, South America, Central America, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, China, California and locally.
We completed our missions to the Philippine Islands and to the commentary for the Pastors in China. People of the church supported and assisted in the Katrina hurricane recovery efforts in Mississippi and Louisiana repairing pastors’ homes and churches.
In addition to the above, Church of the Highlands has supported a missionary in Israel and World Vision (a mission that helps children all over the world). In the local San Francisco Bay Area, our outreach ministries help people who are in jail, homeless, First Resort (Pregnancy Crises Center), the sick, elderly, those in recovery, or in difficult personal situations.
God has truly blessed Church of the Highlands and Highlands Christian Schools in so many miraculous ways during these fifty years, plus. Ministries within the church focus on enhancing, enriching and equipping the lives of our members, parents and guests through worship, music, Bible studies, care groups, marriage maintenance, parenting classes, biblical counseling, Sunday School, prayer support, seminars and many other ways. Please let us know how we can serve you.