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 and 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. 

  • norm and judie phillips

    associate pastors/advisory board

    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. In addition to functioning in the role of Elders in the church, they are active in church leadership, marriage and family counseling, prayer and intercession. 

  • JJ and 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 and 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 and 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!

  • Shelly werfelmann

    Teen recovery director

    Shelly has a heart and passion for equipping teens with tools to transform their lives. She works closely with San Benito County to positively impact our youth with life long change. She is an energetic, committed leader who makes a difference in the lives around her by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.