We invite you to get to know our talented staff.
Associate Pastor, Music & Youth
Cass DuCharme became the Minister of Music at Highland Hills in October of 1992. In October of 2005, he added the youth ministry of the church to his resume. He is married to Ruth Sprayberry DuCharme, the Children’s Minister at Highland Hills and has two children, Caitlyn, a freshman at Mercer University and Chase, a 10th grader at Howard High School.
Minister to Children
Ruth DuCharme has served as Minister to Children at Highland Hills Baptist Church since May of 1995. She is married to Cass DuCharme, the Associate Pastor of Highland Hills Baptist Church. They have one daughter, Caitlyn, who is a freshman at Mercer University, and a son, Chase, who is a student at Howard High School.
Director of Preschool Ministries
Carol Brown has served as Director of Preschool Ministries at Highland Hills since May of 1995. She is married to Dr. Steve Brown, who is the Associate Dean of Student Services at Mercer University. They have two sons: Burgess, a second-year student at Georgia Tech, and Hudson, a senior at Central High School.
Gerald N. Carper came to Highland Hills as Organist in August of 1987. Gerald received his Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia Southern University and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia. He teaches piano and organ in the Macon community and serves as the Treasurer of the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Debbie Buchanan began working as Church Secretary at Highland Hills in June of 2002. In March of 2009, Debbie added the job of Financial Secretary to her responsibilities. She is married to Russell Buchanan, and they have three children: a daughter Christine, married and teaching school; a daughter Katie, married with a son Logan Patrick born in February of 2009; and a son Ryan, a student at Macon State College.
Both of Debbie's daughters, Christine and Katie, served as HHBC summer interns for the Preschool and Children's ministries during their college years.
Debbie and Russell enjoy traveling to a variety of fun locations for camping, fishing, and boating. She also uses her spare time to indulge in photography and scrapbooking.