To become a transforming fellowship where members are equipped for service according to their gifts and abilities. We will accomplish this by:


  1. Growing closer to Christ through personal Bible study, prayer, and individual commitment.

  2. Upholding Christ before all within the church through worship, instruction, fellowship, and personal concern. 

  3. Presenting Christ to the people of our area through community service and personal witness. 

  4. Lending support to existing local agencies whose purposes and goals fit within the Highland SDA Church statement of mission. 

  5. Carrying Christ to the world through prayer, financial contribution, and personal service. 


 Striving to become a Spirit and mission-driven church where God is glorified, His love is shared and human needs are being met.


It is our purpose that this church shall be a transforming fellowship in which the members, old and new, can mature in Christ and be equipped for Christian Service, according to their gifts and abilities. 

Worship Experience Times



Mid-Week Oasis

7:00 pm


Sabbath School

10:15 am


Divine Worship

11:30 am

The Connect

6:35 pm

There's room for you on the Avenue!

Meet Our Pastor

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E.J. Bell

Lead Pastor


Eric J.R. Bell, affectionately known as E.J., is privileged to serve as the Lead Pastor of the Highland Avenue SDA Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Born in South Bend, Indiana to Pastor Eric and Cheryl Bell, he is the oldest of his two siblings, Dellonique and Dayshaun Bell. Being a pastor’s kid, Pastor Bell is fortunate to call many places home such as Evansville, IN, East St. Louis, IL, Milwaukee, WI, Huntsville, AL, and now Berrien Springs, MI. 

He calls the Midwest his home as a tribute to all the places he has lived along with all the family he gained in each region. Pastor Bell is not only a product of the Lake Region Conference; he is also a proud product and proponent of Christian education. He is a graduate of Sharon Jr. Academy, an alumnus of Oakwood University’s Social Work program, and an alumnus of Andrews University’s Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. 

Pastor Bell is intensely passionate about seeing the lives of people transformed. He longs to see individuals live their lives rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ. E.J. believes that if he can help somebody as they travel along, then his living will not be in vain. He lives by the promise of his favorite text which states, 

8 “Look, I go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
9 When He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
10 But He knows the way that I take;
When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

“We will never enjoy the beauty of the rose if we do not run the risk of being hurt by its thorns. We will not be able to move forward if we are afraid of obstacles.” (Pastor Bell's favorite quote)


Meet Our Team

Serve the Lord with gladness - Psalm 11:2

Donald Bedney

Head Elder

Elynda Bedney

Family Ministries Leader

Kelia Carmona

Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Maria Stokes

Personal Ministries

Felecia Datus

Communications Leader

Alvin Davis


Lynn Gray


Solomon Collins

Guest Relations Co-Coordnator

Carmelita Troy

Finance and Stewardship Leader

Russell Tynes


Kibra Van Horn


Trishonda Woods

Worship Coordinator

Edith Woods


Johnny Davis

Head Deacon

Doris Davis

Head Deaconess

Sally Carr


Cleveton Jack


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