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 Communications
  • Bob Carlton
    Bob Carlton Executive Director of HIghpoint Send
  • Joe Nelson
    Joe Nelson Senior Director of Operations
  • Ethan Butler
    Ethan Butler Worship Pastor
  • Carol Novak
    Carol Novak Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor
  • Tyler Herbst
    Tyler Herbst Production & IT Director
  • Ashley Eichmann
    Ashley Eichmann Highpoint Cares Director
  • Ron Hornyak
    Ron Hornyak Business Director
  • Robert Johnson
    Robert Johnson Global Missions Coordinator
  • Jodi Elliott
    Jodi Elliott Business + Analytics Director
  • Tom Cirillo
    Tom Cirillo Art Director
  • Alex Zhdan
    Alex Zhdan Facilities Director
  • Zac Stracener
    Zac Stracener Video Director
Naperville Location
  • Craig Steiner
    Craig Steiner Executive Pastor of Locations
  • Al Guerra
    Al Guerra Highpoint en Español Pastor
  • Kelly Maher
    Kelly Maher Highpoint Kids Director - Champion
  • Tim Yach
    Tim Yach Interim Student Pastor
  • Marly Salazar
    Marly Salazar Highpoint en Español Coordinator
  • Shayna Griffin
    Shayna Griffin Office Manager
  • Dan Pagni
    Dan Pagni Facility Coordinator
  • Yelena Filatov
    Yelena Filatov Facility Coordinator
  • Ethan Butler
    Ethan Butler Worship Pastor
  • Jessica Love Burnside
    Jessica Love Burnside Worship and Vocal Director
  • Sara Masterson Smith
    Sara Masterson Smith Worship Leader
Wheaton Location
  • Steve Smith
    Steve Smith Interim Wheaton Pastor
  • Bob Carlton
    Bob Carlton Interim Wheaton Pastor
  • Tim Yach
    Tim Yach Interim Student Pastor
  • Lori Atkins
    Lori Atkins Highpoint Outreach and Wheaton Kids Coordinator
  • Sara Masterson Smith
    Sara Masterson Smith Worship Leader
  • Sharon Lewandowski
    Sharon Lewandowski Director of Toddlers Campus
  • Laura Swoboda
    Laura Swoboda Associate Director of Toddler's Campus
Romeoville Location
  • Dave Ludwig
    Dave Ludwig Associate Naperville Pastor
  • Celby Hadley
    Celby Hadley Romeoville Pastor
  • Al Guerra
    Al Guerra Highpoint en Español Pastor
  • Lindsay Miller
    Lindsay Miller Family Ministry Director
  • Mike Saukstelis
    Mike Saukstelis Production Assistant
North Aurora Location
  • Matt DeCola
    Matt DeCola North Aurora Pastor
  • Athena Kedzior
    Athena Kedzior Worship Resident
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
  • Shaun Easton
    Shaun Easton Worship Leader
  • Jessica Ferguson
    Jessica Ferguson Highpoint Kids Coordinator
St Charles Location
  • Tim Yach
    Tim Yach St. Charles Pastor
  • Libney Lopez
    Libney Lopez Highpoint Kids Coordinator
  • Matt Ellis
    Matt Ellis Worship Leader
  • Caleb Westering
    Caleb Westering Production Assistant
Hinsdale Location
  • John Hinger
    John Hinger Hinsdale Pastor
  • Andrianna Martinez-Sylvester
    Andrianna Martinez-Sylvester Highpoint Kids Coordinator
  • Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy Worship Leader
  • Will Huber
    Will Huber Production Assistant
Directional Elders
  • Craig & Laurie Hufford
    Craig & Laurie Hufford Senior Elder Team/Romeoville
  • Dave & Cindy Heslinga
    Dave & Cindy Heslinga Elder Chair/Senior Elder Team//Wheaton
  • Steve & Jane Johnson
    Steve & Jane Johnson Senior Elder Team/Naperville
  • Marchel & Sarah Rogers
    Marchel & Sarah Rogers North Aurora
  • David & Cynthia Iglesias
    David & Cynthia Iglesias Direction/Wheaton
  • Bryon & Kim Robbins
    Bryon & Kim Robbins Monmouth
  • Pastor Ron & Jody Zappia
    Pastor Ron & Jody Zappia
Shepherding Elders
  • Tim  & Lisa Callahan
    Tim  & Lisa Callahan Naperville
  • Justin & Jenna Levon
    Justin & Jenna Levon Naperville
  • Jim & Amy Park
    Jim & Amy Park Naperville
  • Josh & Angie Lindsay
    Josh & Angie Lindsay Naperville
  • Isaac & Meriel Champagne
    Isaac & Meriel Champagne Naperville
  • Brian & Betsy Behnken
    Brian & Betsy Behnken Wheaton
  • Andy & Jenny Masters
    Andy & Jenny Masters North Aurora
  • Kenneth & Elena Hill
    Kenneth & Elena Hill Romeoville
  • Dave & Joann Weretka
    Dave & Joann Weretka Romeoville
  • Mike & Linda Weisenberger
    Mike & Linda Weisenberger North Aurora
  • Steve & Becky Madawick
    Steve & Becky Madawick Romeoville
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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