Serenity Village Community Church is a non-denominational, Christ-centered church. SVCC opened its doors in December of 2012 with passion and excitement to reach God’s lost and wandering children, and show them the way to a new life. The foundation of SVCC was laid through the ministry of Serenity Home, which began in 2004 when Jeff Hill was given the vision to open the first Serenity recovery home. He began teaching a Tuesday night bible study for people in recovery, with the goal to assist those struggling with addiction and guide them to a new, Christ-centered life. 8 years later in January of 2012, Pastor Jeff’s spiritual father recognized that the powerful message being delivered each Tuesday evening was meant to be more far-reaching, and so Serenity Village Community Church came to life.
Love God, love His people just as they are, and teach others to do the same.
Be the church, grow leaders and true Jesus-followers and send them out into the community, the nation, and around the world.
We value the Word of God, and teach others to hear the word, speak the word, and be doers of the word through obedience, prayer, and worship.
PASTOR JEFF HILL
Pastor Jeff Hill is the founder and lead pastor of Serenity Village Community Church, based in Crystal, MN. He is a dynamic leader and powerful speaker who is passionate for Christ and for Christ’s people. Pastor Jeff made a choice years ago that altered the direction of his life; that decision was to surrender his life completely to God.
In 2004, he was given the vision to create a faith-based transitional housing platform for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Starting with one house and six men, Serenity Homes was established. Today, Serenity Homes has grown to a 100-bed program for men and women that has changed the lives of over 1,000 individuals.
With the foundation of the housing ministry already in place, in 2012 Pastor Jeff and his wife Monica launched Serenity Village Community Church (SVCC). It began as an idea that was sparked by their pastors, and birthed in their living room. The message of the church is simple: to love God’s children just as they are, to use practical biblical teachings to build up the church, and train up strong leaders who will reach the lost and teach others to do the same.
Prior to entering ministry, Pastor Jeff graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Marketing & Finance and began his career as a successful entrepreneur. With this background and the blessing of owning a business, he is able to employ residents of Serenity Homes who may otherwise have difficulty finding jobs due to their past. These jobs help them find purpose, and live a clean, God-centered life.
Pastor Jeff and Monica Hill have three adult children and live in the Minneapolis area.
First Lady Monica Hill is a strong and kind-hearted woman of God. She loves her husband, family, and ministry more than she could ever express, but that pales in comparison to her love for the Lord. As a young, single mother, Monica experienced some very dark and difficult days. She grew up in a loving household with a strong religious foundation, but did not truly develop a relationship with God until later in life. The moment she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, her world changed forever. Monica is blessed to be married to her soul mate Pastor Jeff Hill, and cherishes the opportunity to be the best mother she could possibly be to their three amazing adult children. Her personal struggles and experiences have developed in her a deep compassion and desire to mentor women of all ages. Monica believes that you can’t keep what you have unless you give it away.
As the Director of Women’s Programs at Serenity Village Community Church, her heart and passion is for the church to not only be a community, but also a family. She holds the women of SVCC in very high regard, and considers it an extreme privilege to be able to work closely with the beautiful ladies of Serenity Homes. In addition to leading Women’s Fellowship at SVCC, Monica has also had the distinct honor of preaching at SVCC, speaking at several women’s conferences, and has also ministered to the ladies at the Healing House, as well as to the women of MN Adult & Teen Challenge. She works with the women of Shakopee Prison through Dress for Success, and has also spoken directly to the women at Shakopee through their IFI program. Monica spearheaded the first SVCC Women’s Conference in September of 2017 which drew almost 200 ladies from various communities. She attended De Paul University in Chicago, IL where she studied Marketing and Commerce. Having worked in Corporate America for over 20 years, her vast experience in Administration and Office Management has been a great asset to the developmental organization of Serenity Homes and SVCC. Monica often finds herself overwhelmed with gratitude to be a part of the steadily growing SVCC family where God is moving in mighty ways.
PASTOR JED LINDSTROM
In October of 2004, Jed was miraculously delivered from the horrors of addiction when he came into a Love relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Teen Challenge and the encouragement of his mother and the Godly mentors placed in his path, Jed began to pursue a lifestyle that was pleasing to God. He completed an associate’s degree in Christian leadership, launched “Let’s Go Ministries”, and in June of 2017, he was ordained Associate Pastor of Serenity Village Community Church. Pastor Jed, along with his beautiful wife Erica and their 6 amazing children are sold out to the call of God within SVCC. Through missions, outreach, Bible studies, and various hands-on opportunities, Pastor Jed feels honored to serve under the direction and leadership of Pastor Jeff and Monica Hill. He looks forward to what God has in store for the SVCC family and surrounding communities.
PASTOR DANNY HERNANDEZ
Danny grew up in Chicago, IL and moved to Minneapolis in 2007, where he attended North Central University. It was at North Central where he met his wife, Crystal. Danny graduated in 2012 with a degree in Music Education. His passion for the future generation extends to all age groups, from Pre-K to High School students. He has served as a School Age Care Director in the YMCA, and as an Administrator at a local high school. Danny was ordained Youth Pastor of SVCC in June of 2017. He and Crystal share a heart to equip the future generation with the wisdom, knowledge and principles of a faith-filled life by teaching them about God and His unconditional love.
BRENDAN BANKS, CHIEF OF STAFF
Brendan Banks very distinctly remembers accepting Christ into his heart at the age of 6. Ever since that young age, he has been called to a life of service. Being involved in church and working various jobs throughout his life, he has gained expertise in many fields. After graduating from Louisiana Tech University in 2009, Brendan was called to serve as a Peace Officer for the Arlington Police Department. He was also a member of the Honor Guard Unit and served as the VP of the Arlington Police Association as well as on the Board of Directors. Still always very active in his and other churches, he was the Director of Security for Word of Truth Family Church, and was a supervisor, instructor, and Executive Protection Officer at Hairston Global Protective Services, where he trained and consulted churches with congregations of 100 to 50,000 on safety, security, and operations. Brendan was also involved with the planning and operations of several large conferences for The Potters House of Dallas, TX and T.D. Jakes Ministries. Brendan brings a vision of growth, order, and expertise to the staff, as well as a heart to serve people. God called him and his beautiful wife Jaalisa and their 5 children to Crystal, Minnesota, to be a part of SVCC in August 2017.
Jeff Hill, Lead Pastor
Monica Hill, Director of Women’s Programs
Jed Lindstrom, Associate Pastor
Danny Hernandez, Youth Pastor
Brendan Banks, Chief of Staff
Doug Jahnke, Executive Team
Jaime Mulder, Executive Team
Mike Kalmes, Executive Team
Jaalisa Banks, Social Media & Photography
Kiley Benson, Director of Missions & Outreach
Erik Brue, Building Conservation
Jamie Flaga, Hospitality
Crystal Hernandez, Children’s Ministry
Steve Huffman, Director of Worship Experience
Jacqueline Kasper, Administration
Cory Medalen, Videographer