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Since it's beginning in 1991, friendliness has been part of the DNA of Hill Country. We are a warm, accepting, Bible believing church. Everyone is welcomed and loved as they are when they come through the door or visit an event. We believe truth flows best through relationship. We are serious about pursuing JOY, real joy, joy in JESUS, joy in the journey. To this end we seek to...

  • REACH out with the good news of Joy in Jesus through forgiveness of sin and salvation in Christ.
  • TEACH the ways of true joy in Jesus. (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • SEND ourselves outside our four walls to be a joy to others in our community and world.

OUR HEART…That Poor and Needy…See His Face…Find Joy in the Journey…And Reflect His Grace!

we believe...

Hill Country Community Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America

an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions: 


We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory. 

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus- Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ- like living and service.

The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. 

Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission. 

Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.

Section 2: Hill Country Community Church Statement of Faith  - 

As an autonomous church within EFCA, Hill Country Community Church and its members

have also adopted the following theological positions:


Marriage has been ordained by God. This church defines “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found in this Statement of Faith.

Human Sexuality

Legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as “porneia”) including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.

we believe in the gospel

In one sense the whole Bible is about the good news of Jesus. Back in the days of Jesus the word for good news was "gospel". So the gospel is the good news that Jesus came to live a perfect life as an example for us, then to die for us so that we might have life in Him!

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our team

Hill Country is a congregational fellowship. This means that the congregation annually re-affirms our entire elder board including the pastor. The elder board (we call it the pastoral team) asks gifted and mature members of the congregation to serve as ministry team leaders (worship, youth, children, men's, women's etc) and as deacons (building & grounds, Sunday morning deacon ministries, etc). Our elders meet monthly including a quarterly all day retreat for vision and direction. Our leadership team (composed of elders, ministry team leaders, and deacons) meet for a celebration dinner twice a year. 

  • Al Hester, Pastor

    Al & Susie Hester have been part of Hill Country since 2006 when they returned from serving as missionaries in Ukraine for six years. Before that Al served in various churches in both senior and associate pastoral roles. Al enjoys hiking, woodworking and riding his Harley Davidson. Susie loves to bake, teach kids in Sunday School, entertain, and care for others in a variety of special ways. Al & Susie have one adult daughter.

  • Tom Edelen, Elder

    As founding pastor of Hill Country, Tom has a deep heart for this ministry. Tom is vice-principle of Foothills Christian High School and loves to hike. Tom's wife Jeri loves to play tennis and always has an encouraging word.

  • Eddie Senterfitt, Elder & Men's Ministry Team Leader

    Eddie has a heart for men, especially to see young men grow spiritually so as to be the next generation of leaders for the Lord. Eddie and Judy love to care for their several grand-children. Eddie loves to fish and will take anyone willing to get up early!

  • David Hillaker, Elder, Sunday Morning Ministries Deacon

    David is a teacher. David teaches biology and chemistry at San Diego Christian College. Just ask him about creationism and you will find a wealth of knowledge. David has taught some of our Sunday evening Equip classes and has preached. David is also a servant. He oversees greeters, ushers, and the offering. Thank you, David, for all you do quietly in the background. 

  • Peter Erickson, Elder

    Peter Erickson along with his wife Ruth and their two children, Bethany & Ben have been faithful and contributing members of Hill Country for many years. Peter is a gifted musician and has the spiritual gifts of knowledge and teaching. Peter brings to the elder board a deep wisdom and a passion for the Lord, His church, evangelism and prayer.

  • Pattie Franklin, Secretary

    For years Pattie worked as an administrative secretary in a major corporation. Now she uses her skills as part time secretary for Hill Country. Pattie is full of ideas to help Hill Country reach out to more and more people.

  • Leslie Emmons, Worship Ministry Team Leader

    Leslie and Mike Emmons were there almost from the beginning of Hill Country. Both graduated from San Diego Christian College and have served the Lord faithfully in many ways. Both are talented musically. Leslie loves to lead us into the presence of the Lord every Sunday. They have three adult children and several grandkids.

  • Justin Hardin, Building Deacon

    Justin and Sarah are servants. Whether it's making sure the sound board and powerpoint are working correctly, helping in the background for church events or fixing things on the building Justin serves the Lord faithfully with a big smile.

  • Mike Emmons, Finances Deacon

    In addition to playing on the worship team and running two coffee shops, Mike faithfully oversees our finances. It is a huge job and Mike does it well. 

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  • Christian Anderson, Youth Intern

    Talk about a heart for the Lord Jesus and a heart for youth!  Christian and Kasie Anderson have both.  Whether teaching the Bible, planning activities or just loving students, Christian and Kasie are a joy.  Your Junior high and high school students will be in good hands!

  • Helen Davis, Grounds Ministries

    Working with volunteers, Helen's eye for nature's beauty will enhance our church's outside appeal.