Welcome: Your Story, God’s Story, Our Story

Welcome to the HillChurch Stories Blog.  Here our Church on the Hill community shares our stories.  These stories are full of inspiration and examples of how a life seeming lived in random, is actually connected.  We are connected by our stories… Your Story, God’s Story, Our Story.

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Anthony Garcia

Before Christ I had REPENTANCE after Christ I am REDEEMED

My Special Verse: 1 John 1:9 NIV

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.


I came to know Christ about 6 months ago when my Aunt started talking to me about the true meaning of being a Christian. I had been going to church most of my childhood and not really understanding the meaning of Christianity. After having many conversations with my aunt, I thought about becoming closer to God; praying, going to church and asking forgiveness when sinning. That’s when I asked Christ in to my heart!   Before I knew Christ my life was very corrupt and I had no idea who to turn to when times were rough.  Now that I have accepted Christ into my life, it has been going a lot better than before. My faith in God has grown and realizing that I am ready to be baptized is an amazing feeling!

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Katherine Thorne

Before Christ I was INCOMPLETE after Christ I am PURE


My Special Verse: Matthew 22:37 NIV

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’



I came to know Christ as a child. My Mom talked about Jesus often and occasionally took us to church.  Before I decided to get baptized, I felt I knew God and wanted Him to be in my life.  Now that I have decided to be baptized, I feel like I am taking the final leap of faith and giving the rest of me, that I will be complete in His eyes, that I will totally belong to Jesus.



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Jeremy Tingley

I was MISGUIDED and after Christ I am now REBORN

Special Verse: Galatians 2:20 NIV

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.



Before I knew Christ, I was miserable.  Now that I know Christ, I am hopeful!

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Melissa Simpson

My name is  Melissa Simpson.

I came to know Christ . . . my family raised me to know Christ

Before I knew Christ . . .I always had a relationship with God it used to be strong.  Through 18 years of battling addiction I lost my relationship with God and began to lose faith, which was very selfish.  I always knew God never left me.

Now that I know Christ . . .I am in recovery and as soon as I gave my life back over to God and let go of all control and asked Him to take my addiction from me.  I have felt at peace and feel love.

My scripture is . . . I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether in plenty ore in want I can do everything through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:11-15

Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Jerry Moen

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Ericka Evelyn Rubio

My name is Ericka Evelyn Rubio.

I came to know Christ . . .1 0.13.13 during the Billy Graham My Hope America @ Church on the Hill

Before I knew Christ . . . It was hectic. I was LOST,, very sad and angry at the world. My dauter was taken from me by CPS.

Now that I know Christ . . . My life has been turned around for the better. I have my daughter back now!

My scripture is . . . Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” Luke 7:48

Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Jerry Moen w/Suzanne Brockie

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Timothy Alan Radke

My name is Timothy Alan Radke.

I came to know Christ . . .After service here at Church on the Hill – God spoke to my heart and I knew it was time to surrender

Before I knew Christ . . .I was incomplete – I felt as though something was missing. I was very unhappy.

Now that I know Christ . . .I am complete – I now have the guidance of God and now I know I have a purpose.

My scripture is . . . Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me.  Psalm 5:8

Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Kathy Togstad

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Breanna McKinney

My name is Breanna  McKinney.

I came to know Christ . . . November 10, 2013

Before I knew Christ . . . I felt alone, lost, and incomplete. I always believed in God but never had a personal relationship with him. My sister would always ask me to attend church with her. My response was always that I was too busy. After struggling with the pain of the miscarriage and going through a break up, I felt more alone and lost than ever. Someone had left a book at my job called,  “Never Walk Alone, God is always with you.” I started to read though it. Something in me that day told me that I needed to bring myself closer to God. The following Sunday I  made a decision to attend church  with my mom. Walking through the church doors I felt overwhelmed in a good way. That Sunday was probably one of the best Sundays for me to attend; there were crosses standing high, and leaders drawing people to the front of the church to accept Christ as their personal Savior. I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but I had this strong urge to go up and talk to someone so I did. November 10th I took the next step and accepted Christ as my Savior. It was the greatest feeling I have felt so far.

Now that I know Christ . . .I no longer feel alone.

My scripture is . . . I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Baptized 12/15/13 by Pastor Tim Elliott

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