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. As a young, single mother, Monica experienced some very dark and difficult days but the moment she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, her world changed forever. 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 the Women’s Ministry 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 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 and Pastor Jeff Hill are the proud parents of Nikki, Megan, and Thomas and live in the Minneapolis area.
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.