Allen Jessee
Lead Pastor

Allen Jessee is our Lead Pastor at Highlands Fellowship. He is a passionate communicator and teacher, convinced that the best way to share the gospel with others is to preach it as plainly and simply as possible. He loves investing in the next generation every chance he gets. He believes in leadership and equipping everyone he meets to make them a better leader and follower of Christ..

Allen and his wife Brenda have five children together. There are two “homemade” children (Martha and Joseph) and their three “heart” made children (Bella and Timmy from Ethiopia) and their most recently adopted son Chris. Together they serve in a vast number of ministries in the church including Student Ministries, the summer internship program, and Small Groups just to name a few. The entire Jessee family wants to be game changers and love all they can in the communities that God has called them to be part of.


Jim Fleming
Executive Pastor

Jim worked for 37 years at Eastman Chemical in various leadership roles in their Global Supply Chain. Jim has held management positions at their Longview site, the Latin America regional office in Miami, the corporate office in Kingsport and the EMEA regional office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Logistics. He received his MBA from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Jim is a member of APICS where he has his certification in Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He is also a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Practitioners (CSCMP) and National Freight Transportation Association (NFTA). Jim and Teresa have attended Highlands for 15 years and have served in various volunteer roles.

Jim joined Highlands Fellowship in September 2015 as the Missions Director after much prayer and several conversations with Pastor Allen and other leaders. Jim became the Executive Pastor in December of 2016 and is passionate about church health and a strategic focus that enables the church body to reach our local and global communities for Christ fulfilling the Great Commandment and Great Commission.

Jim and his wife, Teresa, live in Johnson City, Tennessee. Teresa is a Licensed Professional Counselor at GracePointe Counseling in Johnson City, Tennessee. They have a son, daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren in Davis, California, and a son, daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren in Orange County, California. Jim is an avid golfer, runner, and hiker.

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