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Our Lead Pastor

Jeff Klingenberg

I gave my heart to God when I was nine years old, but it wasn’t until ten years later that I experienced a significant encounter with the Lord that led to the complete surrender of my life to Him. I grew up in Illinois, in the town of Decatur. My parents loved the Lord, took me to church and taught me the things of God. I graduated from the University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale with a degree in Business Administration. Shortly following graduation, I made my way to Fort Worth, Texas to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the spring of 1987, I completed my Masters Degree in Theology and have been ministering in churches in Tarrant County ever since. I have been serving as lead pastor at HighRidge since 2007. I married my wife, Dawn, in 1984, and we have five children.

Heart for HighRidge

My heart for HighRidge can be captured in one simple phrase, “strengthening people for life." This phrase, though seemingly simple, holds deep meaning and purpose. At HighRidge, my hope is that everyone who walks through our doors would be encouraged and become a passionate worshipper of God. However, it does not end there. We must be built up in order to build up others. My desire is for the motto of HighRidge to become a way of life that exists well beyond our front door. My prayer is that we would be a people who live to encourage, uplift and strengthen those around us. Through this, I believe God’s purposes will be fulfilled as we continue to reach those in and around our city with the message of hope in Jesus Christ.

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We believe the women in this house are full of purpose and gifting, and She Speaks gives the opportunity for women to step into that. Join us on May 19th for brunch, worship, teaching, and fellowship as we discover our purpose. It’s Saturday and we had a pretty good night last night. He will have a day of rest today without dialysis and we hope to get him walking some. This has been a week of ups and downs, highs and lows, battles won and yet to be won. \But our hope and strength is found in our awesome God! We will miss worshipping with our HighRidge family this weekend! Be sure to be in a service so that you can be encouraged and strengthened as you have encouraged and strengthened us! We love you!
#prayforpastorjeff #togetherwebelieve #hope #faith #love #highridge Today started very early with dialysis beginning at 6:30am. We put out a call for prayer and I want you to know that God heard our cries. Jeff’s session went better and overall he has improved some today. More activity wears him out but it’s good activity.

Wins:
1. Stayed off of oxygen - big win!
2. Drainage tube removed.
3. Got to take a shower - finally,
4. Sitting in a chair today with walking as our goal tomorrow.
5. He’s been tolerating liquids and gets to move to soft solids.

Prayer concerns:
1. His blood pressure has continued to stay high and we need that to come down.
2. Pain is getting better today but we’d like it to be gone.
3. The kidneys show some signs of starting to work but nothing consistent. Keep praying for those kidneys please! 
We love what Paul wrote in Philippians 2, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and o Join us this weekend to hear Pastor Zach Gryder encourage us with God's Word!