Our Elders

Mike Hammonds

Mike was born in 1947 and grew up in Tallapoosa, Alabama. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at age 14 and was baptized at Macedonia Christian Church. Mike attended Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama and graduated in 1969 with a BSEE. He completed his MBA in 1983 at University Alabama Birmingham.

In 1972 he married Kathy Warren of Sprott, Alabama. Mike and Kathy have two children and two grandchildren.

Mike was an Elder at First Christian Church of Center Point, Center Point, Alabama and has been an Elder at New Heights since the 2004 relocation and name change.



Joe Calamusa

Joe B. Calamusa was born on May 6, 1945 in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Banks High School in May of 1963, joined the Alabama Air National Guard a few weeks later, and retired from the military in May of 2005.

While serving in the Air Guard, he took courses with Faulkner University and at Jefferson State and earned an Associate's Degree in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. In the spring of 1978 he was baptized into Christ at First Christian Church of Center Point, now New Heights.

In 1982 he married Kay Lindner and they have four children; two grown daughters, Annette and Mary, two growing teens at home, Barry and Susanna, and one granddaughter, Peyton. Hobbies include gardening, target shooting, and music.

Joe was an Elder at First Christian Church of Center Point, Alabama and continues as an Elder at New Heights since the 2004 relocation and name change.



Brian Kinder

Brian was born on December 16, 1961. He grew up in southern Missouri “ northern Arkansas. He spent most of his time on the farm doing chores or out in the woods exploring, hunting, and looking at things.

As a youth he took what the "scientist said as the gospel. This led him to choose between meteorological school and computer school. A recruiter from DeVry University convinced him to go to the computer side.

Brian accepted Jesus Christ on March 21, 1981. He absorbed himself in study the Scriptures for several years just as he had done with everything else. To this day he LOVES to study the Bible.

In 1997 the Lord brought Debra into his life again (he had known her and her family since 1982) and this time they both listened to the Lord and were married. They have been members together of 3 different congregations.

The first Church, a place of much learning, where he ended up teaching Sunday school. Next, they then helped start a new church for the un-churched with a special outreach ministry to prisoners and those just released from prison.

Finally the job market brought them to Birmingham and to New Heights. Brian teaches a Sunday school class for men and serves as an Elder.