The Leadership Council serves as elected representatives of the entire congregation between annual church business meetings (Charge Conference). The Leadership Council is made up of the lay leaders of individual ministry areas as well as the chairpersons of the Finance Committee, Staff Parish Relations Committee, and the Board of Trustees. Appointed Pastors and designated staff liaisons also take part. Leadership Council meetings are open to all Hillside members, however, only Leadership Council members may vote at Leadership Council meetings.  

The Purpose of the Leadership Council

  1. Prayerfully leading the church 
  2. Establish the vision for the church and oversee the visioning process
  3. Establish church wide goals that will fulfill the vision
  4. Facilitate the communication between ministries
  5. Communicate (educate) the congregation
  6. Empower the ministries as they need to be accountable
  7. Give oversight to finance, SPRC and trustees
  8. Sponsor special events to fulfill the vision of the church
  9. Be an access point for the congregation to speak


  1. Chairman (Corporate Officer) - Tina Kirkland * #
  2. Chair Finance (Corporate Officer) -  Greg Elder * #
  3. Chair Trustees (Corporate Officer) - Brad Lund * #
  4. Lay Members to Annual Conference:
    1. Greg Faber * #
    2. Rita Faber #
    3. Doug Steingraber #
    4. Sara Steingraber #
  5. Lay Leaders:
    1. Kyle Giesler * #
    2. Anna Chapman * #
  6. Leadership Selection and Development - Dr. John Beyers*
  7. Staff Parish Relations (SPR) - Greg Faber * #
  8. Missions & Outreach Laity Lead - Virginia Elder #
  9. Missions and Outreach Staff Support - Christy Good
  10. Christian Education Council Laity Lead (CEC) -  Susan Purifoy #
  11. Christian Education Council Staff Support - Travis Jones
  12. Worship Laity Leader - Brian Desko #
  13. Worship Staff Support - Dr. Michael Cromwell
  14. Women’s Ministry Laity Lead - Denise Roberts #
  15. Women's Ministry Staff Support - Travis Jones
  16. Men’s Ministry Laity Leader - Jeff Faile #
  17. Men's Ministry Staff Support - Travis Jones
  18. Youth Ministries Student Laity Lead - Spencer Hayes #
  19. Youth Ministries Adult Laity Lead - Crawford Pound #
  20. Youth Ministries Staff Support - Steve Brooks
  21. Communications Laity Lead - Lauren Cox #
  22. Communications Staff Support - Cindy Rawlings
  23. Congregational Care Ministry - Cindy Evans #
  24. Guest Services Laity Lead - Dave Wilson #
  25. Guest Services Staff Support - Beth Federman
  26. Hillside Preschool and Academy Laity Lead - Nick Cawood #
  27. Hillside Preschool and Academy Staff Support - Dr. John Beyers *
  28. JOY Ministry Laity Lead:
    1. Don Billion #
    2. Gail Billion #
  29. JOY Ministry Staff Support - Dr. Michael Cromwell
  30. Children Laity Lead - Rachel Blend #
  31. Children Staff Support - Jenny Hurt
  32. Director of Operations - David Good *

(*) Voting members of the Executive Leadership Team

(#) Voting members of the Leadership Council

Hillside Staff are Non-Voting Members of the Leadership Council

Leadership Council Minutes

Leadership Council Called Meeting November 2017

Called Meeting Agenda
Called Meeting Notes

Leadership Council October 2017

Leadership Council Agenda
Leadership Council Notes
Finance Update
2018 Meeting Dates
Life Groups
Contemporary to Modern Worship
Preschool and Academy Board Oct 2017
Communications Strategy

Leadership Council September 2017

Leadership Council Agenda
Leadership Council Notes
CCM September Notes
Fall Adult Sunday School
MOB Minutes Aug 2017
Music Associate Announcement
Mission and Lifestyle Report - Hillside UMC

Leadership Council July 2017

Leadership Council Notes
Financial Update
Preschool and Academy Board Notes
Congregational Care August Meeting Notes
Congregational Care June/July Meeting Notes

Leadership Council May 2017

Leadership Council Notes
Financial Update
Worship Changes Letter
Missions Minutes April 2017
Missions Minutes May 2017
Board of Trustees Minutes April 2017
Board of Trustees Minutes May 2017
Preschool Board May 2017
Leadership Council April 2017
Leadership Council Notes
Financial Update
Missions Notes April 2017
Missions Notes February 2017
Five Servant Attitudes
Life Group Definition
CCM April 2017
CCM March 2017
Board of Trustees Minutes Feb. 2017
Preschool Board Meeting April 2017

Leadership Council January 2017

Leadership Council Notes
Financial Update
Leadership Council Welcome Letter
Leadership Council Devotion
Board of Trustees Minutes
Men of Hillside Minutes
Missions and Outreach Minutes
Preschool and Academy Board Minutes
Congregational Care Meeting Notes

Leadership Council December 2016

Leadership Council Notes
Financial Update
Care Classes
Core Classes