Meet Our Leadership

Gil & Liz Oelschlager

Senior Leadership Team

Gil has been involved in pastoral leadership for over 30 years at his father-in-law’s church in Port St. Lucie, FL serving as Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Small Group Leadership, and in various other ministry leadership positions. His greatest passions are his family, building something, street cars, and fishing.

Liz has also been involved in pastoral leadership for over 30 years at her father’s church in Port St. Lucie, FL where she served as Music & Arts Department Director for both Adult and Youth Praise and Dance Teams, and in Small Group Leadership positions. She loves her family, outdoors, horses, and quiet time to read and watch a good movie.

They have one daughter, Shelby Rae, who is a freshman at Tennessee Tech University.

Tom Smith

Senior Leadership Team

Tom Smith is Apostle and Pastor Emeritus of Higherground Church. He pastored Calvary Worship Center in Port St. Lucie, FL from 1981-2002 when he appointed his son, David Paul Smith as pastor.Moving to Knoxville, Tennesseein 2007, they along with Pastor David, later planted Higherground Church in Andersonville, Tennessee. Recognizing the call of God on the lives of his son-in-law Gil and daughter Liz, he appointed them pastors to carry forth His purpose for Higherground and the Kingdom of God in the Knoxville area.

Tom and Rosemary together have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.