O U R   H I S T O R Y
High Praise was founded by Pastors Robert and Stacey Gay in 1997. The church’s first service was conducted on January 3, 1997 at the Strausbaugh Dance Studio located on Jenks Ave. in Panama City. The services were conducted on Sunday evenings in order to accommodate Pastor Robert’s travel schedule  which was still extensive during the beginning stages of the church.
The church moved in April of that year to the Gilberg’s Plaza where they leased a 5000 square feet facility. In August of that same year, a permanent building was located in Callaway on Hwy. 22. The facility boasted 16,000 square feet of space including office space, educational facilities, and fellowship hall. The church closed on the facility in March of 1998.
The church began its first media outreach into the area in 1999 with the introduction of a daily radio broadcast entitled Higher Praise. In 2003, the church began a weekly television broadcast. It is still active today being aired regionally every Sunday morning.
With continued growth a larger facility became necessary. After going through the preparation process, the foundation for a new sanctuary was poured on August 8, 2008, 8/8/08. This truly marked a new beginning for High Praise. On April 5, 2009, High Praise held their first service in their new sanctuary!
The church continues to grow as God has blessed. In the last two years, both High Praise Orlando and High Praise Central Minnesota have been launched. While thankful for what God has done we know that the best is yet to come!