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Pastors and Staff

Founding Pastors

Bruce and Dori Bannister

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.

They have been married for 34 years and have 2 adult children, Amy and Ben.

Elders/Advisory Board

Norm and Judie Philips

Norm and Judie have been with Hillside since the beginning, when they followed the call of God and moved from San Jose to Hollister to help launch Hillside Christian Fellowship. Over the years, they have served in almost every area of ministry within the church and have helped build people relationally and spiritually. As well as functioning in the role of Elders in the church, they are active in church leadership, marriage and family counseling, prayer and intercession.

Norm and Judie have been married for over 40 years. The have 4 adult children Mike, Bryan, David, and Angie.

Financial Administrators/Advisory Board

Bruce and Laura Gesek

Bruce and Laura Gesek have been attending Hillside with their family since the start. Bruce has a heart, and 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.

J.J. and Andrea Galindo 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 for the last 12 years. They have a passion to see lives changed through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

They have been married over 20 years and have two children who are both active in the ministry.

Worship Leader

Enoc Duenas

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.

Enoc has been married for 13 years to his wife Denise. They have two daughters named Brynja & Piper.

Prayer Team

Donna Elmhorst

Prayer is vey important in the life of the church. We are so blessed to have Donna overseeing the various prayer ministries that take place weekly.

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