We’re all about Jesus!

Jesus is at the center of all that we do. His love for us enables us to love and enjoy him in return, so we celebrate seeing people increasingly treasure God as their greatest joy and experiencing God’s love and grace in the gospel in ways that result in love, worship, trust, and obedience back to him.

We exist to lead people in finding joy in Jesus by making and maturing disciples of Jesus!

Our Game Plan

Pray for 2-5 people in your life who don’t know Jesus.

• Who are you praying for and reaching out to?

Invite them into conversations about Jesus.
• In the last 6 months, have you shared the gospel in such a way that somebody could give their life to Jesus?
Do life in a group.
• Do you have a place of gospel-centered community where you find accountability, friendship, healing and restoration?
Be discipled and disciple someone else.
• Are you in a discipleship relationship with 1 or 2 others where you meet at least twice a month to talk about your personal connection with God, where you can confess sin, and you’re supported in how you’re reaching out to others?

Here are some questions that should be a part of any meaningful discipleship relationship:
• How is your personal, daily connection with God? Where and how are you finding joy in Jesus? A good practice each day is 10 minutes reading God’s Word, 10 minutes in worship, and 10 minutes in prayer.
• Is there any sin in your life that you need to confess? Where are you not living in His love or showing it to others? Where are you pursuing satisfaction, significance, or security apart from Jesus?
• Who are you reaching out to? What’s the most significant investment you’re making with believers and non-believers?

Leadership

This church belongs to Jesus — and we follow his leadership. Our leaders follow Jesus and encourage others to follow him as well.

Dan Haakenson Lead Pastor

 dan@sunhills.org

Dan serves as the primary teaching pastor and oversees the overall mission, direction, and health of SunHills. He has served in this role at SunHills since 2008 and is passionate about people being drawn to the greatness of God and moving deeper into the gospel.
Dan is married to his high school sweetheart, Michelle, and has four kids – Andrew, Emily, Zeke, and Ella – and enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, reading, and almost anything chocolate.
StrengthsFinder: Learner, Intellection, Input, Belief, Responsibility

Matthew McCleary  Connections Pastor

 matthew@sunhills.org

Matthew is responsible for developing thriving connections for people. These relational connections are to further the mission of making and maturing disciples – people who are finding joy in Jesus, and doing so together. Matthew develops and leads other leaders in building an increasing network of relationships within and through SunHills.
Matthew is married to his awesome wife Megan and they are eager to finalize the adoption of their son from Ghana. He has a passion to see others live out their faith in Jesus in a meaningful, life-transforming way. Mathew loves watching good movies, drinking delicious coffee, and kayaking with his lovely wife and their dog.
StrengthsFinder: Super Strength, Elasticity, Telekinesis, Breathes Fire, Partial Invisibility 

Erich Grunder Student Ministries Pastor

 erich@sunhills.org

Erich leads our ministries to all middle school and high school students – and is passionate about exposing students to the power of the gospel and training them as disciples of Jesus. He has served in this role since 2012. 
Erich and his wife, Allie, live in Cameron Park with their three kids, Alex, Isaiah, and Jordan. He likes roasting coffee and starting new hobbies.
StrengthsFinder: Woo, Includer, Restorative, Positivity, Individualization

Jill Vogel Kids Ministry Director

 jill@sunhills.org

Jill leads our ministry to kids (nursery through 5th grade) and believes each child is uniquely created by God and learns in their own way. She is fun, energetic, and creative in her teaching and has a passion for helping kids to see God’s Word come to life. 
Jill and her husband, Kent, live in El Dorado Hills and have three sons, Chris, Branden, and Tim. She has been serving at SunHills since 2006.
StrengthsFinder: Woo, Communication, Positivity, Arranger, Activator

Taylor Hodge Worship Director

 taylor@sunhills.org

Taylor helps lead people in worship through the experience of music and assists in the creative efforts of the church to present the gospel as central to every area of life.

Taylor, A.K.A ‘Lewis’, lives in Folsom with his wife, Natalia (she’s the best), and their super awesome dog, Fitz (also the best). Taylor enjoys camping, fishing, hiking, and pretty much anything else that involves being outside, Nike shoes, and drinking too much coffee.

StrengthsFinder: Restorative, Deliberative, Belief, Responsibility, Adaptability

Mat Craig Media Director

 mat@sunhills.org

Mat gives oversight and direction to all media sources used to creatively communicate to our church, including all video and lighting elements used during our services, and is the primary content creator for all media. He also keeps our social media presence and website updated.
Mat grew up at SunHills and has served in this role on staff since 2014. He lives in Folsom with his beautiful wife, Kat, and enjoys meeting new people, learning about other cultures, and suit jackets with elbow patches. When Mat isn’t finding ways to make creative chaos he’s probably substitute teaching at a local public school.
StrengthsFinder: Strategic, Activator, Ideation, Woo, Individualization

Kristy Ballengee Communications Director

 kristy@sunhills.org

Kristy develops and manages all church-wide communications – printed and electronic. This includes all written material and graphic design elements that engage with the church body. Her role supports all church ministries, leaders, programs, and events with their communication and administrative needs.
Kristy grew up at SunHills and has served in this role since 2015. She lives in El Dorado Hills and has a huge heart for people and engaging in Kingdom work wherever her feet are – both here in our ECHO High School Ministry, our Kids Ministry, as well as overseas! She’s been involved with missions in Mexico, Zambia, Malawi, Estonia, Latvia, Hong Kong, China, Mongolia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Nepal. 
StrengthsFinder: Developer, Responsibility, Individualization, Empathy, Adaptability

Ministry Coordinators

Our volunteer ministry coordinators oversee leadership of a variety of ministries in our church. They serve by leading people and ministries to help us move forward in our mission.

Tiffany LaVoie

Women’s Ministry

 tiffany@sunhills.org

Jeff Jacobstein

Men’s Ministry

 jeff@sunhills.org

Cheryl Blake

Guest Services

 cheryl@sunhills.org

Bob & Tina Moore

Global Outreach

 bob@sunhills.org

Tim Kesselring

Local Outreach

 tim@sunhills.org

Elders

 elders@sunhills.org

Elders meet weekly to pray for the people and ministry of our church and serve in two primary ways: caring for people of our church spiritually (shepherding) and overseeing the health and development of the mission of our church.

Dale Dockendorf

Greg Loos

Dan Haakenson

Board of Directors

 bod@sunhills.org

The Board of Directors (BOD) is responsible for oversight of the financial and administrative aspects of our church including budget, property, and insurance. The Board serves in these matters to help facilitate and support our mission.

Rodney Bughao

Felice Kesselring

Clint Davenport

David Logan

Dan Haakenson

Beliefs

Our beliefs represent the most simple and foundational beliefs of Christianity and capture the basic contours of Christian theology.

God
We believe in one God, creator of all things both visible and invisible, who is infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6)
Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ was both fully God and fully man, having been conceived supernaturally by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe He died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried, arose bodily from the dead, was seen by many, and is now our advocate with God the Father in heaven. (Isaiah 7:14; John 1:1-14, 14:9; Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24:1-53; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11)
Holy Spirit
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to explain and unfold the reality of the person of Jesus Christ; and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the spirit of the believing sinner; and then to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for right living and dynamic service for Christ in the world. (John 16:7-15; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23; John 7:37-39; John 14:16-20)
Salvation
We believe that man was originally created in the image of God but willfully chose to reject God, fell into sin, and is therefore lost. Such being the case, human beings can only regain intimate fellowship with God and salvation from eternal judgment through personal repentance from sin, the placing of their personal faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the subsequent regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10-24; Romans 5:12-21; John 3:3; John 3:16; John 10:27-29; Acts 13:38-39; Acts 4:12)
The Bible
We accept the Bible in its entirety to be the inspired Word of God, without error in its original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21)
The Church
We believe that the true church is composed of all people throughout human history who have placed their personal faith in Jesus Christ. These people have been joined in a unique relationship with each other forming a new society of people called “the Church” with Jesus Christ being the authoritative leader of this new community of people. (Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 1:4-6, 13-14, 22-23, 2:1-22, 5:25, 32; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27) We believe that only those people who have placed their personal faith in Jesus Christ, and are thus regenerated by the Holy Spirit, shall be eligible for formal membership in a local church. (Acts 2:41-47)
Christ’s Return
We believe in the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ to Earth again to judge the world and set up His eternal kingdom. This personal return has a vital bearing on the personal life and on the service of each believer who follows Him. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Revelation 20:1-6, Titus 2:11-14) We believe in the resurrection of the dead – the resurrection of believers to everlasting life and joy with the Lord in heaven, and the resurrection of unbelievers to judgment and the punishment of eternal separation from God in hell. (1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Revelation 19:19-20; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12; 2 Corinthians 5:1)

Giving at SunHills

Jesus is doing amazing things through SunHills Church and your faithful giving is part of it. We believe in the power of generosity – what it does for the person doing the giving and for the purpose that the giving supports.

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