We are invited by Jesus to live IN God’s love and live OUT God’s love!

“LOVE – real simple, it’s about love. We were made to receive and give love. That’s when life is at it’s best, right? Honestly, who would disagree? We believe this is true because God made us from love, for love and to love (for more on this – click here!). God is love! And this is good news because God, in Jesus, invites us to orient our whole lives around living in God’s love and living out God’s love (see below). Love – that’s what we’re about; it’s what we want for you; and it’s what we’re inviting you to join us in. As the Father has loved me, I have loved you. Live in my love.” -Jesus
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” – Jesus

What does it look like to live in God’s love?

What does it look like to live out God’s love?


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 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.

Erich Grunder Associate Pastor


Erich serves as one of our teaching pastors. He also gives direction and pastoral oversight to our Men’s and women’s groups, and student ministries. He is passionate about exposing people to the power of the gospel and training them to follow the way of Jesus. Erich has served at SunHills since 2012.
Erich and his wife, Allie, live in Cameron Park with their three kids, Alex, Isaiah, and Jordan. He likes roasting coffee and is always looking to start a new hobby.

Jill Vogel Kids Ministry Director


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.

Mat Craig Media Director


Working towards our mission of leading people in finding joy in Jesus, Mat creatively communicates to the church and the world outside our walls through the use of relevant, meaningful multimedia sources.

Mat and his wife Kat live in Placerville with their two kids, Henry and Bennett! Mat enjoys a good rhyme, pun, or timely joke.

Cheryl Finch Business Administrator


Cheryl assists the Lead Pastor in administering the business operations of the church. This includes functions related to budget and finance, human resources, operational support, facilities maintenance and janitorial services, security services, and insurance policies for all church ministry operations.

Zeke Haakenson Youth Coordinator of Spiritual Development


Zeke is going to send Mat an awesome bio about himself and maybe setup a time to take a sweet pic.

TJ Lind Student Ministries Coordinator


TJ has been involved with youth ministry here at SunHills for a long time. And he is responsible for coordinating all the details for Student Ministry nights and events. He also hides a pet chinchilla in his beard & believes he is South African.

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.

Scott Harrison

Global Outreach


Scott Beijer

Local Outreach


Mick Gigone



Rafael & Kelly

Guest Service Team Leaders

Tim & Brandi

Guest Service Team Leaders



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.

Bob Moore

Rob Skaggs

Dan Haakenson

Board of Directors


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.

Jay Johnson

Shaun Conrad

Rich Iacovetta

Dan Haakenson


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

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)
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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