Ron Zappia - Highpoint Ministries


Senior Pastor


After spending 7 years in the business world, Pastor Ron and his wife, Jody, felt called to plant a church. He quit his job, went to seminary, and in the year 2000, stepped out in faith with Jody and a handful of people to plant Highpoint Church. What started as a small gathering of people in a high school auditorium has grown to be a multi-site church reaching thousands in the western suburbs of Chicago. Pastor Ron has since raised up and sent out church planters to plant vertically oriented, gospel-centered churches around the country.

Highpoint Ministries, the teaching ministry of Pastor Ron, was launched in 2013 to provide comprehensive teaching from God’s Word through weekly and daily radio broadcasts, conferences, and resources. Highpoint Ministries currently airs on over 400 stations around the United States.

Pastor Ron is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He and his wife Jody live in Wheaton, IL and have three daughters Allie, Erin, and Emily.


Teaching Pastor

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.

Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than one million individuals each week. Stetzer is also Executive Editor of Facts & Trends Magazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of more than 70,000 readers.

Directional Team
  • Ron Zappia
    Ron Zappia Senior Pastor
  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith Pastor & Limitless Ambassador
Campus + Groups
  • Dave Ludwig
    Dave Ludwig Wheaton Pastor
  • Matt DeCola
    Matt DeCola North Aurora Pastor
  • Susan Rink
    Susan Rink Women's Coordinator
  • Gloria Hofmann
    Gloria Hofmann Receptionist
  • Jodi Elliott
    Jodi Elliott Business + Analytics Director
  • Kelly Maher
    Kelly Maher Highpoint Kids Director - Champion
  • Sharon Lewandowski
    Sharon Lewandowski Director of Toddlers Campus
  • Lori Atkins
    Lori Atkins Highpoint Cares Coordinator
  • Laura Swoboda
    Laura Swoboda Toddler’s Campus Associate Director
  • Tom Cirillo
    Tom Cirillo Art Director
  • Tyler Herbst
    Tyler Herbst Production & IT Director
  • Keith Perez
    Keith Perez Worship Leader
  • Mike Collins
    Mike Collins Wheaton Production Assistant
  • Sara Masterson Smith
    Sara Masterson Smith Worship Leader
  • Tyisha Brown
    Tyisha Brown Worship Leader
  • Flavius Herlo
    Flavius Herlo Worship Leader
  • Alex Zhdan
    Alex Zhdan Facilities Director
  • Yelena Filatov
    Yelena Filatov Facility Coordinator
  • Lesley Kaloustian
    Lesley Kaloustian Cafe Coordinator
  • Dan Pagni
    Dan Pagni Facility Coordinator
  • Lori Atkins
    Lori Atkins Highpoint Cares Coordinator
  • Ron Hornyak
    Ron Hornyak Business Director
  • Carol Novak
    Carol Novak Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor
Elders + Wives
  • Pastor Ron & Jody Zappia
    Pastor Ron & Jody Zappia
  • John & Theresa Lessick
    John & Theresa Lessick Senior Elder Team/Naperville
  • Michael & Jodi Elliott
    Michael & Jodi Elliott
  • Craig & Laurie Hufford
    Craig & Laurie Hufford Senior Elder Team/Romeoville
  • Tom & Patricia Sheldon
    Tom & Patricia Sheldon
  • Dave & Cindy Heslinga
    Dave & Cindy Heslinga Elder Chair/Senior Elder Team//Wheaton
  • Daniel & Natasha Kovalev
    Daniel & Natasha Kovalev Naperville
  • Isaac & Meriel Champagne
    Isaac & Meriel Champagne Naperville

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