In the early 2000's, there was little church-based ministry to the collegiate students at the University of North Alabama. The youth minister at Highland Baptist Church saw this as a real need and decided to start a small Bible study and began praying about ministering more effectively to the campus. That small Bible study, called The Well, became a watering can for dry ground, and quickly grew to over 200 students in a few short years. With that growth also came the starting of a Tuesday night, student-led worship service. In the summer of 2010, I joined the staff as Highland's first full-time college pastor. My team and I began implementing a leadership, small group, and outreach structure into the ministry's vision and saw the ministry flourish once again.

In the winter of 2014, God began to open our eyes to the growing collegiate church planting movement that was happening on campuses across the nation. In many ways, God had been preparing The Well for this transition since its inception. In the summer of 2015, with the help of the North American Mission Board, we began the conversation about what this would look like in our context. After over 18 months of prayer, and many hours of planning, we officially launched The Well Church as a campus of Highland Baptist Church in August of 2015. 

During the 2016 spring semester, the Lord laid an opportunity at our doorstep to launch a second campus in the neighboring city of Huntsville, AL. After a summer of studying God's Word with our new friends in Huntsville and seeking the Lord's will for this ministry, we officially launched our newest site on August 28th, 2016. 

God has given us a specific calling to take his Good News to the the university campus. The 22 million students who walk on university campuses in the US everyday represent the best and brightest 18-25 year olds on the planet. This alone solidifies our belief that the collegiate campus is the most strategic mission field in the world. We cannot sit back and allow students to spend 4 years (or more...) in our cities during one of the most transformational times of their lives and refuse to engage them with the Gospel. For this reason, God has called us to plant churches on collegiate campuses. It is our goal and desire that every student on every campus in the state of Alabama would have to step over the Gospel of Jesus on their way to graduation. 

We simply ask you, will you join us in this exciting work?

--Allen Tate, Campus Pastor, The Well Church

The Well Church is the Collegiate Church Planting Network of Highland Baptist


What is a Collegiate Church Plant? It is simply a Church that is planted on or near a University Campus with a primary goal to reach and disciple students from that campus. The North American Mission Board has recently named the University Campuses across our nation as their 33rd Send City. These 33 are the places in our nation with the greatest spiritual need and the highest potential for Gospel Impact.

Find out more about why Collegiate Church Planting matters here.

Does this mean you have to be a college student to join us at The Well Church? ABSOLUTELY NOT! It is our desire that we are able to leverage all lives for the sake of the Gospel, and seeing Christ's Mission completed here on earth. We are all called, and therefore all are welcome and invited to join us in this mission. 

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Our Sites



Sun Preview Services

June 25, July 30, August 20

10:30AM (UAH Campus - Chan Auditorium/ Business Admin building)


Thurs 6:30PM (McCreary Apartment - 34 Addison Park Drive, Apartment 101)  



Sun 10:15AM (HBC Christian Life Center 219 Simpson St.) 

Tues 6:30PM (219 Simpson St - CLC)  *Fall and Spring Semesters


Weekly In homes and apartments throughout the Shoals



Fulfilling the Great Commission,

by means of the Greatest Commandment,

in Great Community,

for God’s Great Glory

creating multiplying disciples who are committed to Faithfully serving christ through his Bride, the church.

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