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 across Chicagoland and Illinois. Pastor Ron has since raised up and sent out church planters to plant vertically oriented, gospel-centered churches around the country through the Highpoint Send Network

Ron Zappia Ministries, the teaching ministry of Pastor Ron, was launched in 2013 to provide comprehensive teaching from God’s Word through radio, podcasts, conferences, and print resources including Ron & Jody’s Marriage Knot book. 

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 adult daughters Allie, Erin, and Emily.

Central Leadership
  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith Executive Pastor
  • Dr. Ed Stetzer
    Dr. Ed Stetzer Teaching Pastor
  • Amy Martin
    Amy Martin Senior Director of Culture and Engagement
  • Bob Carlton
    Bob Carlton Executive Director of HIghpoint Send
  • Ethan Butler
    Ethan Butler Worship Pastor
  • Marty Rowan
    Marty Rowan Family + Student Pastor
  • Kelly Maher
    Kelly Maher Highpoint Kids Director
  • Scott Visk
    Scott Visk Senior Operations Director
  • Ashley Eichmann
    Ashley Eichmann Highpoint Cares Director
  • Raquel Lightbourne-Coley
    Raquel Lightbourne-Coley Senior Pastor's Office Director
  • Ron Hornyak
    Ron Hornyak Business Director
  • Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson Global Missions Coordinator
  • Jodi Elliott
    Jodi Elliott Ministry Analytics Director
  • Tom Cirillo
    Tom Cirillo Graphic Design Coordinator
  • Liz Herber
    Liz Herber Family Creative Coordinator
  • Sharon Lewandowski
    Sharon Lewandowski Director of Toddlers Campus
  • Alex Zhdan
    Alex Zhdan Facilities Director
  • Carol Novak
    Carol Novak Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor
  • Yelena Filatov
    Yelena Filatov Facility Coordinator
Naperville Location
  • Craig Steiner
    Craig Steiner Naperville Pastor
  • Al Guerra
    Al Guerra Highpoint en Español Pastor
  • Kelly Maher
    Kelly Maher Highpoint Kids Director
  • Marly Salazar
    Marly Salazar Highpoint en Español Coordinator
  • Shayna Griffin
    Shayna Griffin Naperville Campus Administrative Assistant
  • Dan Pagni
    Dan Pagni Facility Coordinator
Wheaton Location
  • Eric Stone
    Eric Stone Wheaton Pastor
  • Casey Flitsch
    Casey Flitsch Student Pastor
  • Lori Atkins
    Lori Atkins Highpoint Outreach and Wheaton Kids Coordinator
  • Mike Collins
    Mike Collins Wheaton Production Assistant
Romeoville Location
  • Dave Ludwig
    Dave Ludwig Romeoville Pastor
  • Lindsay Miller
    Lindsay Miller Family Ministry Director
  • Ben Kafer
    Ben Kafer Worship Programming Director
North Aurora Location
  • Matt DeCola
    Matt DeCola North Aurora Pastor
  • Matt Guimbellot
    Matt Guimbellot North Aurora Family Ministry Director
  • Anne Rodriguez
    Anne Rodriguez Production Assistant
Monmouth Location
  • AJ Reynolds
    AJ Reynolds Monmouth Pastor
  • Karina McIntyre
    Karina McIntyre Administrative Assistant
  • Shanda Brownlee
    Shanda Brownlee Counseling Administrative Assistant
  • Stephanie Johnson
    Stephanie Johnson Facilities Director
  • Mindy Newberry
    Mindy Newberry Highpoint Kids Coordinator
St Charles Location
  • Tim Yach
    Tim Yach St. Charles Pastor
  • Libney Lopez
    Libney Lopez Highpoint Kids Coordinator
Hinsdale Location
  • John Hinger
    John Hinger Hinsdale Pastor
  • Andrianna Martinez-Sylvester
    Andrianna Martinez-Sylvester Highpoint Kids Coordinator
  • Ethan Butler
    Ethan Butler Worship Pastor
  • Calum Shaw
    Calum Shaw Worship Director
  • Tyler Herbst
    Tyler Herbst Tech Director
  • Carlie Shaw
    Carlie Shaw Worship Coordinator
  • Ben Kafer
    Ben Kafer Worship Programming Director
  • Jessica Love Burnside
    Jessica Love Burnside Worship Leader
  • Sara Masterson Smith
    Sara Masterson Smith Worship Leader
Elders + Wives
  • Pastor Ron & Jody Zappia
    Pastor Ron & Jody Zappia
  • Craig & Laurie Hufford
    Craig & Laurie Hufford Elder Chair, Senior Elder Team/Bolingbrook/Romeoville
  • Dave & Cindy Heslinga
    Dave & Cindy Heslinga Senior Elder Team/Wheaton
  • Steve & Jane Johnson
    Steve & Jane Johnson Senior Elder Team/Naperville
  • Daniel & Natasha Kovalev
    Daniel & Natasha Kovalev
  • Isaac & Meriel Champagne
    Isaac & Meriel Champagne
  • David & Cynthia Iglesias
    David & Cynthia Iglesias Naperville
  • Steve & Becky Madawick
    Steve & Becky Madawick Bolingbrook/Romeoville
  • Marchel & Sarah Rogers
    Marchel & Sarah Rogers North Aurora
  • Dave & Michelle Filicicchia
    Dave & Michelle Filicicchia Wheaton
  • Bryon & Kim Robbins
    Bryon & Kim Robbins Monmouth
  • Greg & Irene McClintock
    Greg & Irene McClintock Monmouth
Toddler's Campus Preschool
  • Sharon Lewandowski
    Sharon Lewandowski Director of Toddlers Campus
  • Mrs. Swoboda
    Mrs. Swoboda Associate Director of Toddler's Campus
  • Mrs. Chase
    Mrs. Chase
  • Mrs. Gubenko
    Mrs. Gubenko
  • Mrs. Hamsho
    Mrs. Hamsho
  • Mrs. Kortenhoeven
    Mrs. Kortenhoeven
  • Mrs. Marquez
    Mrs. Marquez
  • Ms. Morrison
    Ms. Morrison
  • Mrs. Poke
    Mrs. Poke
  • Mrs. Reid
    Mrs. Reid
  • Mrs. Singleton
    Mrs. Singleton
  • Mrs. Sisk
    Mrs. Sisk
  • Mrs. Sisk
    Mrs. Sisk
  • Mrs. Wilke
    Mrs. Wilke
  • Beth Golz
    Beth Golz
  • Betsy Blackmon
    Betsy Blackmon
  • Betsy Love
    Betsy Love

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