At HPC, we want to be big enough to reach the world, but small enough to feel like home!
We believe that changing the world starts with serving one person. Through services, outreaches, small groups, and ministries, our aim is to lift up the name of Jesus.
Starting with twelve people in 1993, our vision has always been the same – to be a healing place for a hurting world.
We believe the best way we express our vision is by gathering together, growing in God’s Word, and going out into the community to serve.
We believe the best way we express this is by
gathering together, growing in God’s Word, and
going out into the community to serve.
At HPC, we believe life is best expressed in the context of community. The Bible teaches that God intends for us to be connected to other believers as we grow in our relationship with Him. No matter what situation you are walking through or what stage of life you’re in, we have a small group for you.
Our desire is to see you grow in your faith by engaging in God’s Word daily. As believers, God’s Word is our source of strength (Matthew 4:4) and our guide through life (Ps. 119:105). We provide environments and resources to help you develop a lifestyle of biblical pursuit.
We believe a church’s success is not measured by its seating capacity but its sending capacity. In Matthew 28, Jesus gives His church a mandate – to GO. We provide consistent serve opportunities for you to express Jesus while meeting the practical needs of those around you.
Mike & Rachel Haman
Mike & Rachel Haman
Mike and Rachel Haman serve as Lead Pastors of Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They oversee all of it’s local and international campuses. Before serving as lead pastors, they invested over 16 years of ministry into seeing the vision of HPC expand around the globe, from serving as pastors in youth, young adult, discipleship, and missions.
Mike and Rachel have a desire to empower people in the local church to live a passionate life for God. They believe their first ministry and their highest priority is raising their three children.
Mike has authored The Second Mile, which encourages people to go the distance to fulfill their purpose in life. God has given him a vibrant gift to effectively communicate and teach biblical principles for daily living and to equip people to use their gifts in ministry. As the Women’s Pastor, Rachel’s heart is to see the women of HPC embrace who God has made them to be in every aspect of their life.
What do we believe?
In the essentials, unity.
In the non-essentials, liberty.
Healing Place Church is a New Testament, full-Gospel, non-denominational body of believers. We exist to celebrate God’s presence through worship, to communicate God’s Word through evangelism, to grow God’s people through discipleship, and to demonstrate God’s love through ministry.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is fully God and equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He descended and set captives free, ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, 14; 14:10-31; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 4:9-10; Philippians 2:5-6)
God made the human race in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, which the Bible calls sin. This sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life, with the end result being death. (Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Romans 3:23, 6:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
The Church is the bride of Christ and the body of Christ on earth. It represents Jesus Christ, works with the power of the Holy Spirit and seeks for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers. There is spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:11, 20-23; Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, 5:25-32; Hebrews 12:23)
Divine healing is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to fellow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. ( Psalms 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; )
There will be a final judgment, in which those who reject Christ will be raised and judged at the end of the millennium (the great white throne judgment). Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to the everlasting punishment in the lake, which is burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 19:20, 20:11-15, 21:8)
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (John 14:17, 16:7-13; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Ephesians 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the only source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is the truth without error. The Bible was not written only to educate us, but to change our lives. (Psalms 119:19; 2 Timothy 3:16)
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or any human effort. Because of sin every person is in need of salvation from God. When we accept salvation, we are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. (John 3:3-18; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)
We are sanctified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. Now no longer does the power or the presence of sin have control, but the divine nature of God is dominant, and the sin nature is dormant. We must continue on a daily basis to keep the sin nature crucified by walking in the Spirit and trusting in the finished work of Christ on the cross. We must also experience the cross so we will die with Christ, and Christ will live through us. Sanctification is not an attainment but a continuous process of allowing the Holy Spirit to continue to transform us into His image as a living sacrifice (dead to the world and flesh but alive to God). This process will separate us from the world and consecrate us unto God for His service. (Luke 9:23; Romans 6:3-7, 14; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:10-11; Galatians 2:20; Galatians 6:14 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Titus 2:11-12)
The Christian life is an ongoing process of being transformed by God’s Word and His Spirit to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and God’s grace that the Christian is able to live a godly life. (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Titus 2:12; Hebrews 2:11)
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of Jesus Christ, sent by the Father, to empower the Church to be a witness to the Gospel throughout the whole earth. One of the signs of baptism in the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues, along with various other gifts. (Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 2:17, 2:38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 10:44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6)
On January 10, 1993, Healing Place Church was founded as Trinity Christian Center by Pastors Dino and Delynn Rizzo. The first service was held on a Wednesday night with 12 people in a building just down the road from our current Highland campus location.
In a huge step of faith, we purchased a building and six acres of land at 19202 Highland Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
As we expanded our reach to serve the hurting, doors opened and the birth of a non-profit organization began where we were able to start community outreach programs for inner-city kids, prisoner reentry programs, and so much more.
This year brought a major change as God led us to rename the church from Trinity Christian Center to Healing Place Church.
We launched our Spanish and St. Francisville campuses and became one church in many locations. Hurricane Katrina relief was a defining moment for Healing Place Church. God allowed us to live out the mission to be a healing place for so many people’s hurting worlds. Our cooking ministry cooked 1,000 meals a day for many relief teams, and we opened shelters at two of our campuses.
We had our first, large-scale, single-day outreach where we held 15 outreaches with over 500 volunteers serving over 7,000 people. In the same year, HPC went international by launching our first African campus in Mozambique.
Through God’s faithfulness and the generosity of His people, we launched three more campuses: El Paso, Texas, The Baton Rouge Dream Center, and our second African campus in Swaziland.
On March 25, our first service was held in the Healing Place Church Arena. Leading up to this, we read through the entire Bible inside the sanctuary and spent countless hours in prayer. This church isn’t built on the gifts and talents of a few but through the sacrifices of many.
Teaching Pastor Mike Haman and his wife Rachel were named lead pastors in May. That same year, after serving the needs of the community, we launched a campus in a small, rural community in the mountains above La Ceiba, Honduras.
God opened the door for us to launch a campus inside Angola State Penitentiary.
After the historic flood in southern Louisiana, God positioned HPC with the timely opportunity to serve the families of this tragedy by practically meeting needs in the community, and in 2018, we launched our Denham Springs campus.
In 2020, God called us to continue to advance His Kingdom and plant a campus in the fast-growing parish of Ascension.
And we believe this is just the beginning of what God will do as walk out our calling to be a healing place for a hurting world.
Our church and staff are committed to excellence and ethical action in all aspects of ministry whether spiritually, financially, or organizationally. To protect this commitment to accountability, the church has set up accountability for each specific area.
Our spiritual accountability comes through our Overseers. These are seasoned pastors that offer guidance and direction from years of ministry experience. Their purpose is to make sure the spiritual direction of our lead pastors and our church line up with the Word of God. The Overseers include :
Bethany World Prayer Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Church of the Harvest, Oklahoma City, OK
Christ Tabernacle, Queens, NY
New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO
Our financial accountability comes through a combined effort of the church board of directors as well as the staff finance team and the lead pastoral staff. They work together to make sure the church takes consistent and honest action with regard to financial decisions. They are also aided by using the professional services of PSK LLP (Arlington, TX) to review any regulation questions pertaining to the IRS and other tax or auditing questions.
Finally, the church protects its organizational accountability by utilizing a lead team of staff members as well as campus pastors to ensure the staff is operating with integrity and keeping the heart of Christ first.