New Pastor of GECC

Glen Ellen Community Church has welcomed Pastor Lance Pruett and his wife, Quinn, as our new pastor. Pastor Lance has been involved in many aspects of ministry over the last 20 years, and was licensed and ordained in 2013.  Together they have two grown children, Jaiden (20) and Jared (19).  Originally from Oregon, his extensive background in construction has taken them from the gulf coast beaches of Florida, to the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where they spent the last 15 years.  Pastor Lance’s passion is to see believers walk in their destiny, obtaining the identity of who Christ has called them to be.  As a couple, and a team in ministry, they are excited to see what God has for them, and the church, in the community of Glen Ellen.

Pastor Jim and Brenda’s Departure from GECC

Jim and Brenda Hill will soon be departing for Southern California where they will be closer to their children and grandchildren.  Pastor Jim came to GECC in September of 2007, and is the second longest serving pastor in the Church’s 124 year history.  Pastor Jim and Brenda previously served at Lake Almanor Community Church where they got to experience for several years what it was like living in snow country.  Prior to that, Pastor Jim served for 19 years at World Vision; ministering to the poor in over 45 countries around the world and co-authoring the book, “The Peacemaking Power of Prayer.”  When Brenda and Jim were recently asked what they thought their legacy might be, or what they enjoyed most about serving at GECC, Brenda replied, “Loving and caring for the women of GECC and those in the community around us.  I love the small-town, country feel of the area around the church, the friendliness of the people, and, of course, the motorcycles on Warm Springs Road.  Pastor Jim’s answer to this same question was; “We’ve loved it here in Glen Ellen.  Bren and I just tried to assist those in need, teach God’s Word from the Scriptures, and shepherd the flock here as best we possibly could.”  Glen Ellen Community Church has been active in the community around them and especially as a result of the October, 2017 fires.  Church members have provided temporary housing, worked to rebuild fences, cut down and chopped up burned trees, dug out burned shrubbery, and other needed activities.   

Pastor Jim’s last day of preaching will be May 20th, at 10 am at the church and all are invited to come and be a part.  During the service, he and Brenda will be commissioned as GECC’s Missionary Pastor to Southern California where Pastor Jim will be a substitute preacher and together they will lead Bible studies and provide spiritual guidance and counseling wherever they can. A reception will be provided following the May 20th service.

To the leadership, members and friends of Glen Ellen Community Church, Pastor Jim and Brenda leave this final Word from Acts 20:  “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood…We now commit you to God and to the Word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Glen Ellen teams up with Seacoast Community

When the Great Firestorm of 2017 hit Glen Ellen, we were suddenly faced with meeting emergency needs for food, clothing, and housing.  There was not much we could do to assist those burned out on their property because FEMA and others needed to clear off the lots until the toxicity levels were met.  It was then that we decided there would come a day when we could go onto the properties and assist.  Enter Seacoast Community Church of Encinitas, Calif.  Pastor Jonathan Searle and associate, John Boehmer flew up to scope out the disaster and after spending a day on site, God gave them a vision for a work trip to come and help in our community.  After developing a plan for assisting, Seacoast recruited 12 from their church to come to Glen Ellen at their own expense in order to make a difference.  On Thursday, March 16th, the team, primarily in their 20’s – early 30’s, arrived in Glen Ellen ready to take up the work.    

After a partial night’s sleep in various homes and on the floor of our sanctuary which was built in 1895, the team arrived at the first job site, which was the home of Dan and Susie Snetsinger’s burned out lot at the corner of Dunbar and Sylvia.  Work there included building a portion of a wooden fence, ringing 2 ½ sides of the property with a wire fence, re-building a bridge, digging out burned out plants and shrubs, planting new plants and shrubs, and re-furbishing a partially burned out patio overhead.    After a busy day, the guys were ready for spaghetti/pizza and a bit of fellowship.

The next day brought more of the same as the pile of branches in need of chipping continued to grow.  While this was being done, part of the team had gone to the neighbor’s lot across the street and cut trees, mowed their lot, and chipped more branches. Then after lunch, the chipper was loaded up and taken to the burned out area on O’Donnell lane, just down from our church.  Trees were taken down on 3 lots, and previously downed trees were in need of chipping on a fourth lot.  The guys worked hard up until the sun began to drop low over the horizon.  That night, two from Seacoast presented everyone with wonderful BBQ’ed steaks and our ladies provided the necessary side dishes.  

The next morning, several of the Seacoast team participated in our morning worship service.  In it, we were blessed to see one lady in attendance who lives on a lot which the guys worked on the previous day.  It was a great morning of rejoicing and being thankful for all that the Lord had done during our time together.  In summary, we saw 12 young men from Encinitas joined with over a dozen men and women from GECC and the community assisting in the work.  Another eight were working on food preparation and several more provided bedding.  This was a great community effort and we would like to thank Pastor Lance Pruett as project supervisor, Susie Snetsinger, Lorna Knudtson, and Brenda Hill as food coordinators, the team from Seacoast Community, and so many more who help out in so many ways.  Also, we wish to thank those who have donated to GECC’s fire fund which made it possible by providing materials and food.  Thank you to the Community of Jesus Christ for praying for us as we sought to minister in our back yards – that Jesus Christ might be made known through us. 

Serving Christ in the community of Glen Ellen and beyond since 1894



Glen Ellen Community Church

Sunday Service is at 10:00 a.m. weekly.

Welcome to the website of Historic Glen Ellen Community Church.  We are a group of people who are seeking to pursue God and make Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives through the study of God’s Word, through our worship of Him as Lord of all, and in our efforts to be a blessing to those around us.  We believe that as we gather on Sundays, our time is a Spiritual environment of belonging and expectation in community, so that each week when we leave, our hearts respond quickly with “surely the Lord was in this place.”


It is our prayer that as you review this site, you will see us and want to get to know us more.  It is our prayer that your life will be most blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty in Him.  Come and join us as we worship the living God.Sincerely in Christ.