Our vision at Hillside is to make disciples of Jesus who press on to maturity in Him, are equipped and deployed by Him, to serve and reach others for Him. Join us as we take a short break from our study through Acts to hear from guest speakers who will open the Bible and point us to Jesus. This 5-week mini-series will introduce us to men who have been on the front lines of church planting. We hope to learn from such friends as we pray to become a fruitful family, launching more works in more places so that more people will be changed by Jesus.
We have provided a bio and photo for each guest speaker we will be hearing from starting July 5 – August 2. Feel free to familiarize yourself with our guests before they arrive.
July 5 Guest Speaker – Danny Rangel
Danny Rangel is a church planter in Queens, NYC. Danny grew up in South Texas and accepted Christ in high school. While attending summer camp at Camp Zephyr, Danny felt the call to commit to being a minister of the Gospel. That call led to 7 years of being a student pastor in South Texas. After several mission trips and personal trips to New York City, Danny, along with his wife Summer, accepted the call of moving from South Texas to Queens, NYC in March 2018. They are now co-leading a new, Gospel-centered church plant in a predominately unchurched area. Danny is passionate about coffee, reading, and loves meeting new people. During his visit, he will be teaching through 1 Kings 19:19-21 and we will hear about pursuing calling over comfort.
July 12 Guest Speaker – Christian Schlenker
Christian was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He has grown to see firsthand the beauty of the city and the cultural issues that permeate it. He and his wife Jocelyn have two children, Elliette and Jonas. He is currently an Associate Pastor and Resident Church Planter at Refuge Church on the Westside of Albuquerque. Prior to this, Christian was the College and High School Pastor at Hope Church, where his skills and desire to plant were both affirmed and developed. After serving at Hope for 4 years, the elders at Hope and Refuge decided to partner with Christian to plant a church in the central corridor of Albuquerque. While COVID-19 has changed these plans, Christian is still passionate about planting Gospel-centered churches and seeing God’s Kingdom come. During his visit, he will be teaching through Acts 20-21:16, and we will hear about dreams worth more.
July 19, 2020 Guest Speaker – Roderick Barnes
Roderick was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Sam Houston High School and went from there (1988) to study Physics and Computer Science at Rice University. During his time at Rice he was confronted by the claims of Christ through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. In his sophomore year (January 1990), Roderick made a decision to trust Christ for salvation. Two years after that, he accepted the call to preach. He and his wife Darlene have six boys and one granddaughter. They have a passion for (1) serving the Lord in the context of the local church, (2) bringing the gospel to college students, and (3) mentoring people toward maturity in Christ in the workplace. Roderick became Lead Pastor for Communion Chapel in January of 2020. He is bi-vocational; when he is not preaching or parenting he can be found writing software for a consulting company in San Antonio. Check back soon for Roderick’s photo!
July 26, 2020 Guest Speaker – Jaron Jones
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Jaron answered God’s call to preach the gospel while as an engineer in corporate America. In 2011, he left his career behind to pursue ministry, relocating from Charleston, SC to Houston, TX. After arriving in Houston, he began attending Dallas Theological Seminary where he completed his ThM in Pastoral Care & Counseling in December of 2016. In the fall of 2016, he and a small team launched Shine Bible Fellowship Church in the Cyfair area of Houston. He is married to his beautiful, supportive wife Eboni and they have two amazing daughters, Chloe & Kendal.
August 2, 2020 Guest Speaker – Dave Bruskas
Dave grew up in a loving but irreligious family, only attending church services on holidays. His mom, struggling with alcoholism, was invited by her friend to study the Bible. She quickly realized her need for forgiveness and placed her faith in Jesus. Before long, his dad also believed, and soon took Dave and his brother to church every Sunday where he eventually heard the gospel clearly. Convicted of his sin and desperate need for forgiveness, he professed his faith in Jesus and immediately sensed the presence of God in his life. After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary, he served a church replant in Seattle, and then he returned home and planted a church in the heart of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dave currently serves at the Fort Worth campus of The Village Church. He and his wife Kara have been married for 30 years. They have four daughters, three sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.