EVERYONE IS WELCOME
NEW TO HAMILTON HILLS?
Whether you are familiar with church, have never been before, or are thinking about getting plugged back in, you are welcome at Hamilton Hills! We believe that we are all broken and in need of God’s grace.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT
Visiting a church can be overwhelming and intimidating. From the time you pull in to the parking lot until the time you leave, our goal is to make sure that you and your family feel welcome in a safe environment to learn about God in a real and relevant way.
What should I wear?
There is no dress code at Hamilton Hills. Feel free to wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.
What about my kids?
Click HERE to learn more about what your kids will experience while visiting Hamilton Hills.
What should I give?
Don’t worry about giving, we are just glad you are joining us! During the service, there will be a time that we take an offering. That is the time we set apart for the people that call Hamilton Hills home to give to the mission God has set before us.
MISSION. METHOD. MOTTO.
We exist to make disciples by engaging Christ and connecting others to him.
We GATHER in worship, GROW in community in God’s word, and we GO tell the world what God has done!
We believe that, “life is messy, everyone is welcome, and anything is possible”.
A life that Engages Christ and Connects Lives begins with us being God Dependent!
This creates a church that is:
- CONFIDENT in its Beliefs!
- “For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth-as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords” – yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” –I Corinthians 8:5-6
- “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” –I Timothy 2:5
- INTENTIONAL in its Ministry
- “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know Him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like Him in his death.” –Philippians 3:8-10
- Being God Dependent, Hamilton Hills will Engage Christ in Confidence and Connect Lives with Intentional ministry.
A life that Engages Christ and Connects Lives has no influence without Relentless Love!
What Does Relentless Love Look Like?!
- Relentless Love is Daring!
- Relentless Love is Forgiving!
- Relentless Love is Restoring
“But God demonstrates his LOVE for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
A life that Engages Christ and Connects Lives will produce Committed Relationships as a natural bi-product!
What Do Committed Relationships Look Like?!
- Relationships are Investments that require you to make an initial deposit.
- “Consider others as more important than yourselves.” –Philippians 2:3
- Relationships are Investments that require you to make an initial deposit.
- Commitment means Pledging ourselves to each other.
- “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” –1 Corinthians 13:7
A life that Engages Christ and Connects Lives will develop Fulfilled Lives in believers.
What do fulfilled lives look like?
- Mission demands Alignment
- Alignment activates Purpose
- Purpose produces Satisfaction
- Being satisfied and fulfilled will give us peace. The Bible shows us that there is no peace outside of God’s plan for my life.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in the personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 1:26-27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105-160; 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:1; 26-27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1A
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or joined with Him in eternal life through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8
MARK NEAL – Lead Pastor
Mark is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. He pastored in Las Vegas for 13 years and has been in ministry for over 20. He is very involved and passionate about training church planters and seeing new churches get started. Mark and his wife Lori have three biological kids, Stephen 17, Jonathan 14, and Hailey 9. Also, as foster parents, they have foster kids in and out of their home. Mark is a dedicated Georgia Bulldog fan and loves to spend quality time with family. He also volunteers and coaches Varsity Basketball at Hamilton Southeastern High School and is very involved in the community.
MATT THISTLE – Student Pastor
Matt and his wife Denise moved to the Fishers community in 2015. The Thistles are loving their new life in Hamilton County! Matt and his family have served in ministry for over 8 years. Matt also grew up in Maine where his father was a pastor and their family planted a church in the late 80s. He and Denise love traveling, going to sporting events, and spending time with their daughter Jocelyn.
JOSH ICENOGLE – Pastoral Intern
Growing up as a Navy kid, Josh spent his early years in Cuba and Spain. His family later settled in sunny Florida where he spent a majority of his childhood and where he met his California girl, Staci. Josh, Staci and their two kids recently moved to Fishers from California to pursue an internship at Hamilton Hills. He is passionate about community, and that passion has only grown stronger while learning here at Hamilton Hills. Living in Indiana is the first time this surfer dude has not lived near the ocean.
LORI NEAL – Children’s Director
At 6 years old, Lori was invited to VBS by a neighbor, and through the experience her entire family was reached for Christ. Since then, she has been passionate about children’s and women’s ministries and has served alongside her husband in ministry for 20 years. She received a B.S. in elementary education and has worked with and taught children for 20 years in various roles. Her most important ministry and first priority is her family, and she says there is no greater joy than being a wife and mom. Originally from sunny California, she’s passionate about the beach, sun and any outdoor activity.
STEPHEN NEAL – Worship Director
Stephen grew up in Las Vegas, NV. He has a deep desire to lead people into the presence of God through music and other creative forms. He hopes to further his education in music and in biblical studies. His primary interests include wearing hats, drinking Dr. Pepper and eating wings everyday he can.
GARY POWELL – Care Pastor
Gary grew up in the Northeast where his parents pastored and planted churches. He has a degree in Biblical theology from Anderson University and used to play guitar with Bill & Gloria Gaither. After college, he spent 5 years serving with his brother at a church in Florida, where he met and later married his wife Beverly. Together, they planted and lead a church for 28 years. They have three sons and six grandchildren. Gary commonly refers to himself as a “salvage man” who enjoys turning broken things into something beautiful, much like how the Father operates.
Jackson Young – Media Coordinator
Jackson has lived in Fishers and attended Hamilton Hills for 12 years. Jackson loves creative things such as video editing, graphic design, and music. His interests and hobbies include playing guitar, drums, and discovering new music.
Jonah Lane – Student Ministry Coordinator
Jonah Lane has lived in Carmel for the past 12 years of his life, and has a passion for ministry. His other interests include alternative rock, pop tarts, instruments with 4 strings, and romantic comedies.
Rebecca Emch – Worship Development
Rebecca has grown up in Indiana with her parents and her older brother. She is passionate about leading people into the presence of the Lord. However, when she isn’t leading worship, she likes to ride horses, eat pizza, write songs, and tell bad puns.
Alexa Terry – Administrative Intern
Alexa has lived in Indiana her whole life and has been deeply involved in church since she was a kid. She has a heart for worship and helping the body of Christ. She actively serves in the church office and enjoys participating in leading worship on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
MELISSA SANDERS – Director of Operations
Melissa has been married to her husband Jamie for over 20 years and they have two daughters in high school. She attended Youngstown State University (Go Penguins!) and has worked in ministry since 2002 at several churches and K-Love. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, going to the movies and being with friends and family. Melissa’s claim to fame is that she used to be able to throw a 70 mph pitch in softball.
MARY GRIFFEY – Admin Assistant
Mary is from Indiana and has lived in Fishers for over 20 years. She has been a member of Hamilton Hills since 2008 and has served on the Hamilton Hills team for over 7 years. Mary is currently serving as an admin assistant and has also served in various ministries within the church including children’s ministry, greeting ministry, and ladies’ ministry. Mary is happily married to her husband, Dave, and between them they have six grown children and three grandchildren. They enjoy camping, kayaking, and hiking.