Liz serves as Senior Pastor of Higher Ground Church. Born in Columbus, Ohio, she lived there until her family moved to Florida when she was eleven years old. At the age of 15 she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Upon graduation from high school she attended Christ For The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas and received her Associates of Ministry Degree. She returned to Florida, where her father was now pastor of the church which started in their home. She met her husband Gil at the church, and they were married in 1988. Together, they served in various leadership positions through the years. Liz was Director of the Music & Arts Department for both Adults and Youth, and also responsible for yearly major Holiday evangelistic productions. Because of the anointing and favor of God upon the church, their music was on the cutting edge of ministry in the area, and many requests were received to come minister in other churches and events, including the opportunity to travel and minister in Brussels, Belgium, and Paris, France. The CWC Praise Team recorded and produced three of their own CD’s, with many songs written by team members. Along with her husband they ministered at church outreaches on the streets, and also took the Youth Dance Team Ministry to several detention centers, where God moved powerfully upon the juvenile inmates as the Word was shared through the youth’s music, dance, testimonies and preaching. Their ministries combined have seen hundreds and hundreds of lives saved and touched with the anointing of the Spirit!
In February 2007 Gil and Liz joined her parents in relocating to the Knoxville area. After several years of prayer and waiting on God’s direction, they helped Pastor Tom pioneer Higher Ground Church. Later, recognizing the call of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit, he commissioned and appointed Liz as Senior Pastor on Sunday, August 4, 2013. She has a heart and gifting to minister the Word simply, powerfully and with passion, bringing the practical and spiritual aspects of our lives together! She truly desires to see people know the reality of His presence, be led by the Holy Spirit, and to walk in the fullness, victory, and power of God.
Pastor Liz and Gil have one teenage daughter named Shelby Rae, who is home-schooled, loves ballet, dance, voice and guitar, and her red-nose pit bull, Gracie [who is the sweetest and best dog ever!]. Shelby actively serves the ministry in the areas of administrative help and as a praise team member.