Pastor Dennis & Lady Iris Austin

Pastor Dennis D. Austin Jr. is a native of Sacramento, California. Growing up in the home where he was first inspired and mentored by his grandfather, the late Pastor James L. Moody and his grandmother the late 1st Lady Rosa P. Moody of Northgate Church of God in Christ, he pursued his passion in music where he played the piano, organ, and drums.

In 2004, Pastor Dennis became a member of Higher Heights Tabernacle of Praise under the leadership of the late Pastor Jack L. Scott, where he continued his music ministry. There, Pastor Scott continued to inspire and mentor him to pursue his calling in the ministry. During this time, he was appointed Sunday school teacher, Minister, acted as the Youth Pastor and other leadership roles in the ministry.

Pastor Dennis struggled with accepting the calling that God had placed on his life to become an Elder in the church. While he grew up going to church he never experienced God in all his glory until he had a life changing encounter. He was found in a place of brokenness and total surrender. His mother, Missionary LaJuan Moore and the late Pastor Scott continued to encourage him to work in the vineyard and preach God’s word.

After this experience Pastor Dennis followed through with the calling on his life that God had placed before him to continue to study God’s word. In August 2012 he was ordained as an Elder and was given the authority to go and preach the gospel and spread God’s word. 

On March 4, 2018, the Late Pastor Jack Scott appointed Pastor Dennis as the Assistant Pastor of Higher Heights Tabernacle of Praise. That day was a true day of remembrance as it was not only his birthday, he was given the baton to assist Pastor Scott.

Pastor Dennis is an effective communicator of God’s word who reaches the young and old. He is known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which he applies the timeless truth of scriptures to the lives of people. Today Pastor Dennis is both excited and challenged by the opportunities of ministry in today’s ever changing world. His preaching encourages the hearts and souls of all Gods people. Pastor Dennis encourages his Church to go out into the community and spread the Gospel. You can find Pastor Dennis out in the community feeding the homeless, and the elderly while teaching the word of God. 

Pastor Dennis and his wife 1st Lady Iris have been married since August 2018. Between the both of them they have a total of seven children who all support their vision in ministry. Pastor Dennis continues to also have the love and support of his family, friends and church members to continue to preach the word of God.


Preceding Pastor Jack & Firstlady Wynona Scott

At the age of thirty-one Pastor Scott accepted the call of the Lord on his life. Pastor Scott’s passion for the word of God and the desire to see Souls saved was an apparent sign that God had a greater plan for his life. 

Pastor Scott accepted God’s call to become Pastor. In September 2003, by the leading of the Holy Ghost, Pastor Scott and Lady Scott started a fellowship in their home. It started off with prayer and bible study, later they added Sunday morning services. Sunday services was more than a worship service, it was also a time of enjoyment, fellowship and dinner. Pastor Scott was the Sunday school teacher, bible study teacher, pianist, choir director and ministered the word on Sunday mornings.

God gave Pastor Scott a vision and therefore Higher Heights Tabernacle of Praise was birthed in December 2003. The Lord helped the Scott’s to secure a beautiful building we now worship in today. 

Pastor Scott is a man of integrity and honor that has devoted his life to serving God and God’s people.