Our Team

Layne Schranz

Layne Schranz Associate Pastor

Layne has been a pastor at Highlands since 2001, when he and his family moved from Colorado Springs to help start the church. Layne grew up working in his family’s towing business, and in 1989, he met Pastor Chris Hodges, who was his high school youth pastor. His deepest passion is developing leaders and helping them succeed. Layne currently oversees campuses at Church of the Highlands and leads Grow.

Layne has been married to his wife, Rachel, since 1996. They love Highlands, leading small groups, and raising their daughters Ashlyn and Devyn. Layne returns to Colorado every June to race his stock car in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Katy Hodges

Katy Hodges Senior Director

Katy has been on the Highlands team since 2006. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she moved to Birmingham after graduating from Louisiana State University. Katy sees life change happen every day through the local church as she and the Grow team help other churches develop ways to make their ministry more effective. A true Southerner, Katy enjoys spending time with family, college football, hammocks, books, and being in the beautiful outdoors.

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Lin Berry

Lin Berry Member Relations

Lin is passionate about serving the local church and currently enjoys serving as Pastor/Member Relations Coordinator for Grow. For four years, Lin has served as a personal travel assistant to Anne Graham Lotz, President and Founder of Angel Ministries. She is also an experienced sales and marketing owner/entrepreneur who has served Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Lin currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband William. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Amy Soulis

Amy Soulis Resource Director

As the Member Resource Director, Amy has the privilege of overseeing the Grow Resource Site and hosting Grow’s weekly Online Trainings with the Highlands team. When Amy knew God had called her into ministry, she developed that calling through attending Highlands College. When she is not helping resource church leaders, Amy spends her time with her amazing husband Gus and their four children: Alec, Tait, Steven and Charlotte.

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John Jones

John Jones Membership Director

John serves as Grow Membership Director helping pastors and leaders connect to their next steps within Grow. He began serving on the Dream Team for Grow in 2010, and finds great joy and fulfillment in helping leaders and churches become all that God has called them to be. Ask John what motivates him each day and he will respond Jesus first, followed closely by his love for his wife, Debra and daughter, Chloe. The only thing he loves more than being outside is his love for Alabama football.

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Christy Williamson

Christy Williamson Communications & Creative Coordinator

Christy has been at Church of the Highlands since the Fall of 2008. She joined the Grow team in May 2016. Along with her administrative responsibilities, she oversees social media for all Grow news and events. Christy is joyfully married with two children, Ava and Pierce, who keep her busy. Other than family and Grow, Christy enjoys photography, impromptu trips to Chattanooga, Tennessee, and family camping trips in their pop-up camper.

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Janah Brasher

Janah Brasher Resource Administrative Assistant

Janah and her family have been attending Church of the Highlands since 2006. She joined the Grow team in June 2016. She maintains the Grow Resource Site and helps respond to Grow members’ questions. Janah and her husband enjoy family time with their son, Kaimen. She, passionately, serves on our Highlands Worship team and enjoys all things to do with organizing.

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Hannah Eades

Hannah Eades Training Events Coordinator

Hannah is one of four children and loves to travel. She celebrated her 18th birthday in Salzburg, Austria, while backpacking through Europe. She is passionate about riding horses and qualified for a World Show. Hannah also enjoys reading books and loves anything by Jane Austen. Hannah joined the Grow team in April 2016 as a part-time employee and became full-time in August. She now coordinates all of Grow’s training events.

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Sarah Repke

Sarah Repke Membership Administrative Assistant

Sarah has been attending Church of the Highlands since January 2007. She graduated from Highlands College and joined the Grow team in February of 2017. Whether it’s through running reports or answering emails, she is passionate about helping local churches reach their full growth potential! She has the honor and pleasure of serving as the Membership Administrative Assistant. Sarah is also one of five siblings and enjoys reading, writing, decorating, and crafting anything. She can often be found with her nose in a book and a cup of coffee in hand.

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Michael Byars

Michael Byars Resource Coordinator

Michael joined the Grow team in October 2017 after serving for more than 5 years in Highlands’ central Next steps team. With a heart to invest in and build up leaders in local churches, he loves connecting leaders with the resources, tools, and information that will help them love Jesus more and better serve their communities.

Inspired by good food, quick wit, poetry, and creation, Michael’s favorite thing is experiencing life with his wife Emily and embarking upon adventures with their three boys Elijah, Luke, and Seth.

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