Dr. Jake Hall



Jake, a native of Columbus, Georgia, is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he met his wife, Erin. After they married in 2000, Jake began seminary at Duke University, where he received an M.Div. Jake is a graduate of the Pastoral Residency program of Wilshire Baptist Church. In 2013, he completed a Doctorate of Ministry at Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology.

Jake and Erin have served in several churches before coming to Highland Hills. Erin, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, enjoys teaching, writing, and being with people. She is a graduate of Samford University and received an M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2008. Jake enjoys weightlifting, cooking, hosting friends in their home, laughing, watching movies, and playing with their lovable dog, Annabelle. The Halls find their greatest joy in spending time with people, and helping them to become Christ followers. Jake and Erin have a son, Logan, and love spending time with this five-year-old ball of energy.

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Cass DuCharme


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 adult children, Caitlyn and Chase.

Cass was born in Sanford, Maine, and moved to Brandon, Florida, as a child where he spent his formative years. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Carson-Newman College and a Master of Church Music degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Cass enjoys traveling, jogging, spending quality time with Ruth and the kids, an occasional round of golf, and eating breakfast at Waffle House with his buddies every Thursday morning. He is also an avid University of Florida football fan. Go Gators!

Cass’ prayer for our church is for it to continue to nurture the faith of our young people and expand the faith of our older members. To share God’s love and minister to the people within the walls of the church, the surrounding area, and the world through ministry, missions, worship, and love.

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Ruth DuCharme


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 two adult children, Caitlyn and Chase.

Ruth was born and raised in Newnan, Georgia, around her family's barbecue restaurant, Sprayberry’s BBQ.  She is a graduate of Tift College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music and of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters in Church Music degree.  She was ordained to the ministry by Highland Hills in August of 2002.

Other professional involvements for Ruth include writing the children’s Sunday School curriculum for Highland Hills, writing the children’s portion of the Annual Bible Study curriculum for Smyth and Helwys Publishing, and teaching private guitar lessons.

Outside of her professional involvement, Ruth enjoys playing tennis, reading good books, being involved in her children’s schools, attending sporting events (particularly Georgia Tech), and music.

Ministering to the children of Highland Hills is a fun and rewarding ministry.  Children are not only the future of the church—they are the present.  They bring life and enthusiasm to this fellowship and a hope that Highland Hills Baptist Church will always be a place that honors God through worship and service.

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Gerald Carper



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.

Highland Hills enjoys Gerald's leadership on the sanctuary pipe organ, and looks forward to Gerald's annual organ recital that precedes the Christmas Eve service.

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Stephanie Wohl

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Administrative Assistant

Stephanie Wohl grew up in Savannah, GA, where she shaped the minds of little people as a teacher before becoming a full-time wife and mother to Stella and Quin. She has been with Highland Hills since March of 2018.

She earned a B.F.A. in Art Education from University of Georgia, and received a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern. The latter by taking the long road with one class a semester after her youngest started school.

Stephanie loves to travel and document her travels with her creative photography skills. While not traveling, thinking about where she would like to go or planning a trip, she loves to be with her family, watch movies and spend time outdoors.