Pastors & Staff

Dr Walter Kahler

Senior Pastor

Walter Kahler is a clear communicator offering a contemporary and creative teaching style.  He is the Senior Pastor of Highpoint Fellowship Church, one of the fastest-growing churches in Montgomery County.  Walter and his wife Cherenne, helped found the church in 1993;  since then it has grown very quickly in attendance, health, and commitment.  Walter believes the church should be relevant, energizing, and fun.  He strives to remove the barriers of boredom, unfriendliness, and fear so that people will experience a real relationship with Jesus Christ and not religion.  Walter uses humor to keep his messages relevant and his illustrations memorable.  Walter has a passion to see the Great Commission lived out and has led the church to be a global mission strategy center.  HPF is actively involved in local and global missions.  Since 2005 HPF has been an “ Engaging Church” of unreached people groups in Mali, West Africa, and HPF has made several trips each year to share Jesus with people who have never heard of Him.  Walter graduated from Houston Baptist University, received his Master’s Degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana, and his doctorate from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary in Shreveport, LA.  Walter and Cherenne have been married over 50 years and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.

Ken Haffner

Executive Pastor

Ken serves as the Executive Pastor for HighPoint Fellowship. He and his wife have been members of HighPoint Fellowship since 2006. He has worked in business for 30 years in the Houston area. Currently, he also serves as an Elder and on the Financial Ministry team.  Ken also serves as Regional Director for the Celebrate Recovery ministry. He loves his wife, family and their 5 grandchildren 

Tammy Haffner

Financial Secretary

Tammy serves as the Financial Secretary for HighPoint Fellowship.  Tammy was employed by Shepherd ISD for 24 years before joining the staff at HighPoint Fellowship.  She is married to Ken Haffner and serves with Ken in our Celebrate Recovery Ministry.  Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, which includes four adorable grandchildren. 

Dorri Welch

Childrens Pastor

Dorri serves as the Children's Pastor at Highpoint Fellowship.  Dorri has a Bachelor of Science in Early Education with a certification in Early Childhood and Speech Communication.  Dorri has 11 years of experience working as an elementary school teacher and 12 years in childcare.  Dorri's husband Barry, serves as an Elder at Highpoint Fellowship.  They have four children, Drew, Kloie, Reese and Ryland.  Dorri has a passion for teaching and encouraging children and their parents to ensure that every child learns about Jesus Christ.  She encourages the children of Highpoint to reach their full spiritual potential. 

Connie Egli

Worship Pastor

Connie Egli is currently serving as Worship Pastor at HighPoint.  She has been involved in worship ministry for 30 years and has a deep desire to see people led into the presence of God in a real and powerful way through cooperate worship and songs of praise and thanksgiving.  Connie has been happily married to Jeff for 36 years and is blessed with 3 wonderful children and a daughter-in-law and two amazing grandchildren

Brandon Dowden

Youth Pastor

Brandon is currently wrapping up a degree in Computer Information Systems, along with a few minors in different aspects of ministry, online at LeTourneau University. He has worked in youth ministry for several years, is involved in Celebrate Recovery as the Ministry Leader for the Landing, and also attends other groups as a member. He is looking forward to where God will open the next door, and is thankful for the opportunities that he has had so far. 

Kelly Stuckey

Counseling Ministries Leader

Kelly Stuckey has been a member at HighPoint Fellowship since 1999.  She has been married for 22 years to her husband Brad Stuckey an Elder at High Point Fellowship. They have 3 children. Chelsea who is graduating with her teaching degree and ministers to HPF youth on wednesday nights, Garet who works full time, and Noah who is in 4th grade.
Kelly received her Master's in Counseling in 2008.  She was the HPF Children's Director from 2005 until 2010. She currently works full time at Sam Houston State University and serves at HPF as a minister in the Counseling Ministry and  Leader of the Woman of Worth (WOW) Women's Ministry. 

Ryan Thackeray

Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader

Ryan is passionate about seeing the life changing power of Jesus work in the lives of people through the awesome ministry of Celebrate Recovery. He is committed to providing a safe place for people to find healing for their hurts, habits and hang-ups.

Mike Manning


Mike serves on our Ministry Leadership Team and is one of our Elders. With his wife Melody, he teaches Step 2 to new members explaining the true meaning of Grace. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree, is retired military (USCG), and has 20 years in the Oil & Gas Industry.  He has been married to Melody for 42 years and has 2 children with 3 grandchildren. 

Ken McAlpine


Ken McAlpine fills the role of Executive Pastor and serves on the Ministry Leadership team as an Elder at HighPoint.  He also leads the Frontline Ministry team which includes Ushers and Greeters.  Ken is a retired Houston Police Department sergeant, having served 38 years.  He loves being able to give much of his time to the ministry at HighPoint.  He and his wife Jan have three children and one grandchild. 

Jeff Egli


Jeff has been involved in Life Groups most of his life. He grew up in a home that was a place of ministry, and that was focused on Life Groups. We were never intended to live life alone.  The strength that comes from living life in the care of a core group is pivotal to our faith walk.  Jeff has been married to his wife Connie since 1984. They have 3 children, Jared and daughter-in-law Madelyn,  Jacob and Sarah, and two grandchildren.

Brad Stuckey


Blessed to serve  our community at Highpoint. He loves the Lord and serves the church faithfully .  

Barry Welch


Life long resident of Splendora Tx
Married to Dorri Welch with 4 children
Blessed to serve the Lord at Highpoint Fellowship