Pastor Ron and his wife, Jody, were in their first year of marriage when they came to the brink of divorce. Desperately searching for help, the couple discovered a personal relationship with Jesus and, with the power of God, were able to save and strengthen their marriage.

Their experience was life-altering. They felt the call to help change the lives of others. After spending seven years in the business world, Ron quit his job, went to seminary, and in the year 2000, he and Jody stepped out in faith to plant Highpoint Church. 20 years later, what started as a handful of people praying in a basement has grown into eight locations around Chicagoland with church plants all around the country helping thousands of people believe in, belong to, and become like Jesus.

Ron and Jody currently live in Wheaton, IL, and have three grown daughters, Allie, Erin, and Emily.


Ron & Jody Zappia radically come in to a first-time relationship with Jesus while on the brink of divorce.


Highpoint Church is launched, starting with 30 people praying in a basement, and holding its first worship service in a local High School with 300 people in attendance.


A vision for church planting and multiplication is cast as several staff pastors are trained and sent to plant new churches around the country.


Highpoint finds its first permanent church home in a 100,000 square-foot, foreclosed office building which underwent remodeling to utilize for ministry.


Ron Zappia Ministries is launched, expanding its reach from one local radio station to a nationally syndicated radio program on 500 stations nationally along with conferences, podcasts, and books to help reach people with the gospel message.


Rapid growth and local church revitalization expand Highpoint from a single-site to a multi-site church with five physical campus locations, Highpoint @ Home online experiences, and Russian and Spanish speaking services.


Highpoint Send Network for Church Planting is launched with a full-time pastoral residency program and church planting network with churches around North America and the world.


Pastor Ron celebrates 20 years as Founding and Senior Pastor of Highpoint Church, Highpoint Cares, Highpoint Global, and Highpoint SEND while helping thousands of people believe in, belong to, and become like Jesus.


A pastor of pastors, Ron’s unique voice and his genuine story with God speaks personally to multiple generations.

Through his teaching, Ron guides people from all around the country and the world as they study God’s Word, apply His truths to their lives, and watch God do the miraculous. Pastor Ron is a visionary for church multiplication through the Highpoint SEND Network.

The Highpoint SEND Network is gospel-centered church planting—a movement of churches who are a catalyst for church growth and multiplication around the world.

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Pastor Ron wants to share the power of God’s word with you. Contact Ron to invite him to speak at your next event and, together, you can believe in the Word, belong to God, and become more like Jesus.

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