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Alabama’s Church of the Highlands Continues Expansion With $2.25 Million Property Purchase

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A Birmingham, Alabama-area megachurch that has campuses across the state and one in Georgia is continuing to expand.

Church of the Highlands recently purchased 17 acres near its Alabaster location in two transactions totaling about $2.25 million, the Birmingham Business Journal reported.

The church acquired one parcel from The Salvation Army for $950,000 and the former Greg’s Golf Driving Range from Gregory and Dewey Glass for $1.3 million. The deals closed in September and no mortgages were listed on the property, per BBJ.

The Alabaster branch of the church currently meets in a middle school 2 miles away from the new property.

Senior Pastor Chris Hodges, who founded Church of the Highlands in 2001, announced in early 2020 that the church intended to buy buildings for five of its locations that were renting temporary spaces, including Alabaster, McCalla, Woodlawn, West Birmingham, and Sylacauga.

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Hodges told Al.com at the time that the church would continue to add campuses “at the speed of our generosity.”

Highlands currently has 24 locations, including one just over the Alabama border in Columbus, Georgia.

Earlier this month, Highlands bought a former elementary school and several adjoining properties in Woodlawn for $70,000. That transaction followed the acquisition of vacant land near the church’s Grandview location last summer for $7.25 million.

The church made a $34 million deal in early 2020 to purchase the former Cahaba Grand Conference Center and adjacent land as a location for its Highlands College, which marked its official opening at the new location last week.  

Among investors in the new campus was Hobby Lobby founder David Green, who donated $20 million to build a residence hall.

In a social media post marking the ribbon cutting, Hodges said, “I’m so grateful for everyone who believed and invested in our vision of seeing a generation of leaders go and change the world. Opening the doors to our permanent home would not be possible without you. All the glory be to God!”

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Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.