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.