Hillside Beliefs

We understand the importance of belief and the role it plays in shaping the priorities and destiny of the church. Hillside strives to be biblically grounded and Spirit led. All our beliefs and doctrine are rooted in Scripture.


Hillside is also a member of Ministers Fellowship International (MFI), an international organization that exists to strengthen and support the local church.


Click any of the links below to read more about our beliefs, as well as MFI's doctrinal statement.


+ What We Believe

+ Values and Principles

+ MFI Doctrinal Statement


Hillside Values

At Hillside, we practice what we call the 5 E's. We value these principles as prospering for the local church and the Body of Christ.


Evangelize

To introduce people to a loving Savior and help them receive

His redeeming grace.


Embrace

To love and accept people into our church community.


Encourage

To help people grow spiritually through prayer, worship, and the application of God’s Word.


Equip

Mentor members to “do the work of the ministry,” encouraging and supporting the development of gifting and character. 


Extend

Reach our community and our world for Christ. 

Establish churches and missionaries both here and abroad.

OUR History

Hillside Christian Fellowship started in 1999. Bruce and Dori Bannister were sent out by Christian Community Church in San Jose, CA, where they served for twenty years. They felt called to start a church that emphasized personal growth and public service. As Hillside grew, it quickly became a place where people could grow, belong and serve.


We have worked to establish a presence in the community by participating in outreach opportunities within San Benito County. Hillside has partnered with Hazel Hawkins Hospital, the County Jail, Probation, CPS, Youth Alliance and other community services. Since our establishment, Hillside has been a place where "God's Love Changes Lives." Our hope is to be a church that is transparent and relatable; bridging the gap between religion and relationship.


Our journey as a church has been filled with countless stories of miracles, answered prayers and transformed lives. It has been a great joy to watch Hillside become a vibrant, Christ-centered community where people continue to experience healing and growth. We are excited to see what God will do through Hillside in the future!


If you would like more information about us, feel free to send us an email

Meet Our leaders

Hillside is blessed to have a strong team of individuals that oversee and maintain the church. You can read more about our leadership below. 

  • Bruce & Dori Bannister

    Lead Pastors

    Pastors Bruce and Dori Bannister founded Hillside Christian Fellowship in 1999. Prior to this, Bruce & Dori were elders at Christian Community Church in San Jose where they served for twenty years. Their love for God and passion for people have been at the heart of their ministry and the reason they felt called to start Hillside. They have years of ministry experience in counseling, community outreach, speaking, teaching and short term missions. As pastors, they have a heart to see people healed,  restored, and changed by the love and grace of God. 

  • JJ & Andrea galindo

    ASSOCIATE PASTORS/ADVISORY BOARD

    J.J. and Andrea moved from San Jose to Hollister after feeling led to commit and serve at Hillside. They have both been actively involved in various areas of ministry since 2003. They have a passion to see lives changed through a relationship with Jesus Christ. They are Elders in the church, are actively involved in small groups, adult teaching, and love serving families.

  • SCOTT & BECKY FIELDS

    PRESCHOOL/NURSERY DIRECTORS

    Scott and Becky fields oversee the Nursery and Preschool aged kids programs at Hillside. They are devoted to teaching our littlest ones about the love of Jesus in a fun and practical way. They have been active members of the church for over 10 years. Their whole family is involved in serving the needs of families at Hillside. 

  • ENOC & DENISE DUENAS

    WORSHIP LEADER/ADVISORY BOARD/KIDS CHURCH DIRECTOR

    Enoc has been at Hillside for more than 12 years and has served in the areas of worship, celebrate recovery, and the tech team. Enoc's broad knowledge of technology mixed with his passion and ear for music continues to bless the local church. Denise has been serving in almost every area of ministry, and currently heads the Kids Church program. She has a deep connection to the House of God a desires to see people serve and grow in their local churches.

  • BRUCE GESEK

    FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR/ADVISORY BOARD

    Bruce and his wife, Laura, have been attending Hillside with their family since the start. Bruce has a heart for outreach. He has been involved with our mission outreaches and has been a great support minister. He has given financial advice and taught on areas of finance.

  • DONNA ELMHORST

    PRAYER TEAMS LEADER

    Donna oversees the various prayer ministries that meet throughout the week and we are blessed to have her!