Jonathan Hansen, pictured with son Sawyer, daughter Lily Hope and wife Lindsey, has been named Rolling Hills Christian Church's new senior pastor. Courtesy photo

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Rolling Hills welcomes new pastor

By From page A1 | September 27, 2017

After conducting a nationwide search, Rolling Hills Christian Church has named Jonathan Hansen its new senior pastor. Hailing from the south, Hansen and his family are settling in El Dorado Hills before he leads his first Sunday service on Oct. 1.

Previously a pastor at Passion City Church in Atlanta, Ga., Hansen served as Pastor to Families. He also participated on the teaching team, overseeing hundreds of volunteers and a large church staff.

Hansen, 33, said he and wife Lindsey “knew early on” that they wanted to go into full-time ministry together. “There was a calling on both sides,” he told Village Life. “I was called to be a pastor and Lindsey felt called to be a pastor’s wife. It’s been one of the greatest blessings of life, to have a wife who’s all in. We are overjoyed to do this.”

Hansen’s experience also includes serving as director of student ministries at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Ky. He earned a master’s degree in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Georgia.

The Hansen family also includes daughter Lily Hope, 7, and son Sawyer, 4, and although it’s the family’s first time living in California, they’ve visited many times. Hansen’s father’s side is from San Francisco and Lindsey’s brother lives in San Diego.

“El Dorado Hills is an amazing community from what we’ve seen so far,” Hansen said. “We still would’ve felt called to RHCC, wherever it was. What sealed the deal was when we came out in July and met the leadership team and elders. We knew the Lord was leading us to these people.

“Church is more than a building or a place; it’s the people,” Hansen continued. “And these are the people God is calling us to do life with … The fact that it’s in California is a beautiful bonus.”

“We were given a lot of résumés and after a lot of prayer and petition, we knew that Jonathan is a good fit,” said RHCC’s Director of Communications Joe Fergerson.

“Jonathan is a strong, Godly leader and has been mentored by strong leaders,” said RHCC COO Eric Bergen. “We are confident that the Hansen family will be a great fit in the Rolling Hills family and in this region.”

There are several opportunities for the community to meet Hansen and his family. On Oct. 1 RHCC will host one service at 10:30 a.m. followed by a welcome party with bounce houses, food trucks, live music and more. On Oct. 5 the Hansens will be at Kalithea Park from 6 to 8 p.m. There will also be a commissioning/worship service at RHCC on Oct. 8 from 6 to 7 pm.

“As the world is increasingly torn apart, with people being asked to choose sides, we just want to celebrate the community,” Fergerson added.

“If you’ve never been to Rolling Hills,” Hansen added, “Come say ‘Hey.’”

RHCC is located at 800 White Rock Road. For more information visit rollhillchurch.com.

Julie Samrick

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