Our Staff

Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Pastor Brian Letsinger and wifeBrian Letsinger, Pastor

Brian has served as senior pastor at Ava Highway since October 2020. He has served as senior pastor for 22 years. His heart is to reach and strengthen the family unit to be a vital part of the Kingdom of God. He is an alumnus of Nazarene Bible College. Brian enjoys four-wheeling, fishing, and hunting with his dog Roy. He also enjoys raising puppies.
He has been married to his wife Cindy (who serves as our church secretary) since 1987. They have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren. Brian and Cindy both grew up here in Ava and graduated Ava High School in 1985. They are excited to be back and take part in the community they love.

Kendra Giles and Familym Highway Church Youth DirectorKendra Giles, Children’s Director

Kendra has served as our Children’s Director since 2019. Her heart is teaching our kids the true Word of
God. She desires that they love the Word and store it in their hearts and have a solid Christian foundation.
Kendra enjoys music, cooking, and spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband Tim since 2009. They have two children, Thomas & Lola.

June and Don HangerDon & June Hanger, Teen Activities

Don and June Hanger have a passion to see youth grow deep roots of faith and trust in the Lord. They have enjoyed serving in different areas of youth ministry in their many years at Highway. Don and June are extremely thankful for the youth workers who poured into their life and greatly impacted their walk with Christ. Their desire is to give back and continue encouraging youth in their walk with Christ.

Tiffany Gray, Teen Activities

More info coming soon.

What We Believe

Seal of the Church of the Nazarene
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