Brent High wears many hats – Christian, husband, father, friend, business owner, Sunday School teacher, FCA huddle leader, hunter, coach, speaker, writer and board member are among them. Brent strives to have his personal mission statement encompass everything he’s about:
To help make an eternal difference.
Brent met his beautiful wife, Emily, while they were both attending Lipscomb University in Nashville. Brent & Emily were married August 9, 1997 in Emily’s hometown of Waverly, TN. They are the proud parents of two little boys, Houston and Hunter.
Brent, Emily and the boys live in Nashville. Brent confessed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized by his father, Junior, in the Brentwood Hills Church sanctuary in Nashville on November 1, 1987. Brent credits his father and mother, Donna, for having the most influence on his spiritual life. Church camp,Lads to Leaders, Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps and being a host family for Athletes in Action baseball players all played major roles in Brent’s spiritual growth.
After graduating from Lipscomb in 1996, Brent served as sports information director for Lipscomb and the TranSouth Athletic Conference until June of 1999. He served as play-by-play announcer for Lipscomb basketball and baseball games. Brent is best remembered for dramatically increasing attendance and creating atmospheres for basketball games that made opposing teams cringe. He created the “McQuiddy Maniacs” booster club for students that boasted 400 paying members at a school of 2500 students. He also launched the first-ever Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Lipscomb in 1997.
Brent’s increasing involvement and passion for Lipscomb’s FCA chapter led him to make the decision to pursue a full-time youth ministry position. Brent became the first full-time youth minister at the White House church of Christ (TN) in July of 1999. During his time in White House he also served as athletic director for White House Christian Academy. He led chapel every morning and taught Bible and physical education classes at the school.
In September of 1999, Brent sent an email to a few family members and friends about an experience he had entitled God Used a Toothache. That email circled the globe over the next six months with more than 1,000 people contacting Brent by email from at least 42 states, 13 foreign countries and even a U.S. battleship at sea. This opened Brent’s eyes to incredible ministry potential in the internet.
In March of 2000 Brent helped launch Jabez Networks, Inc., an internet company that set out to build websites for Christian organizations that were easy to update and could be used to enhance their communication and outreach. In three years, Jabez Networks built more than 1,100 church & ministry websites. Those websites included Brent’s personal ministry site – BrentHigh.com – and Dave’s Club, the first subscription-based site for Christian financial expert Dave Ramsey.
Brent points to KentuckyJoe.com as the biggest success story from his time with Jabez Networks. Brent created the site for Rodger Bingham from Crittenden, KY, a contestant on the hit CBS showSurvivor: Australian Outback. Rodger was affectionately nicknamed “Kentucky Joe” by his fellow contestants.
Out of all the things he could have taken, Rodger chose to take his Bible with him to the Outback as his one “luxury” item. The Survivor series regularly focused on Rodger’s faith, even closing an episode with Rodger leading the tribe in prayer. In an attempt to reach out to the millions of Survivor viewers searching for more information on Rodger, Brent drove to Crittenden and asked Rodger for permission to create KentuckyJoe.com and include a link on the right-hand side that would send people to an online Bible school. The site received hundreds of thousands of page views and national recognition from USA Today, Dallas Morning News, Savannah Morning News, Cincinnati Enquirer and the Louisville Courier-Journal. At last check more than 300 people had enrolled in the online Bible school after visiting the site. Brent’s friendship with Rodger has continued. They have partnered to do multiple Bible giveaways since 2001.
From January of 2003 until September of 2005, Brent served as Vice President of Sales for the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club, the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Brent oversaw the overall ticket strategy for the Sounds. He successfully lobbied Tennessee State Senate and Metro Nashville Council members on legislation that would allow a new downtown baseball stadium to be built. Brent was the driving force behind the Sounds’ nationally-acclaimed Faith Nights™ series. Faith Nights consisted of a pre-game Christian concert and testimony by a Sounds player, post-game fireworks show, appearance by Larry & Bob from VeggieTales and a faith-related giveaway item including bobble head dolls honoring Bible heroes Moses, Samson and Noah. On August 13, 2004 the Sounds became the first sports franchise in history to give away Bibles thanks to Brent’s friend Jimmy Sites and Spiritual Outdoor Adventures.
The Sounds’ Faith Nights were featured by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, USA Today, ABC World News Tonight, Sports Illustrated, The 700 Club, ESPN2’s Cold Pizza, Baseball America, Rick and Bubba Radio Show, ESPN the Magazine, ESPN.com, Dan Patrick Radio Show, The New York Times, The Toronto Star, The Montreal Gazette, The Dallas Morning News, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Colorado Springs Gazette, The Christian Chronicle, The Tennessean, The Nashville Scene, The Gaither Homecoming Program, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Kansas City Star and every local television station in Nashville.
Brent left his position with the Sounds after the 2005 season to focus solely on the development of Third Coast Sports. In 2006 Third Coast participated in 76 events in 44 cities from coast to coast. Brent’s beloved Atlanta Braves became the first Major League Baseball team to work with Third Coast, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Brent’s. The Braves hosted three events during the summer of 2006. The avalanche of media attention continued with national broadcast feature stories on NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fox News Channel, CNN, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, MSNBC, Gospel Music Channel, The 700 Club and Heartland with John Kasich. Cover stories featuring Third Coast Sports appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Atlanta Journal Constitution. Associated Press did another story that appeared in over 200 newspapers on four continents including papers in Johannesburg, London and Melbourne. Sports Business Journal rounded out the national coverage in 2006 with a four-page spread that has generated countless inquiries from sports teams around the world.
Brent returned to his alma mater, Lipscomb, full-time in the fall of 2008. He served as Associate Athletic Director for Spiritual Formation and was also responsible for all annual fundraising for the athletic department. In 2009, he helped Lipscomb launch the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence, an annual fundraising event for Lipscomb Athletics. Featured speakers included Coach Don Meyer, Tim Tebow, Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Ernie Banks, Coach Brad Stevens from Butler and Duck Dynasty stars Phil, Miss Kay & Si Robertson.
In 2011, Brent started a first-of-its-kind fundraising program for families that are in the process of adopting children. Adoption Rally was embraced in a major way by Lipscomb fans over the next four years as 30 families received more than $100,000 in support.
Brent led four mission trips to Honduras where Lipscomb athletes and coaches worked with Mission Lazarus on various construction projects. He and his son Hunter traveled to the Dominican Republic in December of 2014 with 22 Lipscomb University baseball players. There they built what would be later named Brooks Forehand Field in the village of Ponton.
Brent has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including Third Coast Sports Foundation, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Lighthouse Family Ministries, Crieve Hall Baseball and Back 40 Outreach.
Brent is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He is a 1992 graduate of John Overton High School in Nashville and 1996 graduate of Lipscomb University where he majored in speech communication. In December of 2011, Brent received his master’s degree in conflict management from Lipscomb.
Brent played baseball at Lipscomb. When asked what position he played, he responds with “thrower” – a position normally referred to as “pitcher”. Brent renamed the position after combining a 90 mph fastball, horrible mechanics and no idea where his pitches were going – a combination that finally tore the labrum in his pitching arm and ended his career.
Brent speaks a number of times each year to various church, civic and school groups. He loves to give his testimony which he calls “Making it to the Big Leagues.” Click here to watch Brent giving his testimony at Turner Field after an Atlanta Braves Faith Day in 2010.
Brent enjoys hunting, camping, driving around Middle Tennessee looking at farms and old barns and treating friends to lunch – a practice he learned (and benefited from more times than he can count) from former Lipscomb men’s basketball coach Don Meyer. Brent claims to know more about “meat-n-three” restaurants than anybody on Earth. His favorite “meat-n-three” is Miller’s Grocery in Christiana, TN.
Brent’s vision of owning a farm that could be used as a destination for outreach and team-building was realized in 2016 when he and Emily purchased 88 acres and a farmhouse in Hickman County, Tennessee. After weeks of contemplation, they decided to name it End Picture Farm. They hope that everyone that spends time there has an opportunity to consider the various end pictures they will experience in life – weddings, funerals and the ultimate end picture of where they will spend eternity – and how they should adjust their lives appropriately to ensure those end pictures will reflect their dreams and goals.
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