College Hill is a place that cares and serves. It's a place to connect and grow. It's a place to call home.
What To expect when you visit us
When you come visit us, you can expect to feel invited and welcome. We welcome all guests as part of our church family. You'll find people of all ages and walks of life, people dressed in blue jeans and t-shirts or suits and ties.
On Sundays, we spend time worshipping God in song, praying to God, and reading scriptures that teach us about him. We also listen to a brief message which encourages us and challenges us to live like Jesus lived. The central part of our gathering is a moment we call communion, where we share in a symbolic meal that helps us remember the way Jesus gave his life for us.
The simplicity of our worship services comes from our goal of being “simply Christians” who follow the Bible as God’s inspired word (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and the example of the earliest Christians. We hope you find it inviting and encouraging.
During worship, we do offer an opportunity for our members to give back (if they choose) to the work of the church, but we do not expect visitors to contribute to this. You are our honored guests; we would never want you to feel compelled or uncomfortable.
Our Core Values
At College Hill, we strive to be a church family growing in faith, grace, and discipleship.
A Church Family: We believe that the saving grace of Jesus not only frees us from sin, but also forms in us a new life and a new identity as “children of God.” God invites all people into his family, to gather at his table and share in his compassion. At College Hill, we share in a glimpse of what that family looks like, and we strive to open our arms and doors for all to share in the warm embrace of God’s family. — Jn. 1:12; Rom. 8:16-17; Gal. 3:26-27; Heb. 2:11
Growing: We recognize that we, as followers of Jesus, are not yet who we were made to be. As in a family, we want College Hill to be a place where growth happens—the kind of growth that God alone can accomplish. We see God growing seeds of faith and hope in our church family, and we want to take part in the flourishing of God’s work in our neighborhood and world.— Eph. 4:15-16; Col. 1:3-6, 9-14; 1 Thess. 3:11-13
Faith: We are a family, united and formed by our common faith in God. Our goal is to be as faithful to God as God has been to us—which means trusting God more deeply and following God more closely in our lives. We believe that God forms and nurtures our faith through obedience to God’s Word, through the Spirit, through our struggles, and through the support that we extend to one another. — 1 Cor. 1:9; Heb. 12:1-2; Jn. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:22-23
Grace: We believe wholeheartedly in the incomprehensible grace of God that “while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” Our whole identity and community does not exist or matter without God’s continual grace. We exist to worship a gracious God. And because of that, we strive to be grace-filled people who show mercy to others and draw one another to the source of Grace itself. — Eph. 2:4-10; Rom. 6:6-8; Col. 3:12-15; Lk. 6:36
Discipleship: As a church family, we also share a common purpose: to be disciples of Jesus. Disciple is a word that means “learner” or “follower.” In its fullest sense, it means living a life that fully embraces the Way of God, as revealed in Jesus Christ. We strive to put our faith in action as faithful disciples, and we are committed to helping others to do the same. — Mk. 8:34-35; Jn. 13:35; Jn. 14:6; Mt. 28:19-20
We believe in Jesus and in his resurrection, and we try our best to live faithfully and compassionately like he did. We believe that Jesus is the answer to the world's deepest sorrows and hurts, and we try to be a part of what God is doing to change the world. For a more in-depth overview of our beliefs, history, and roots click the link on the right.
Finding your home with Us
We hope that College Hill can be the church that you call home. We strive to treat one another with love and compassion, supporting one another along our life journeys. We celebrate one another's successes and struggle together through challenging times.
Because we're a family, united by Jesus' love.
We also believe that the story of God is one that calls us all homeward. Jesus said that He is "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." When we follow him, we journey toward a home with God.
We may not have arrived yet. We know that we're a group of imperfect people, and we sometimes struggle to find our way. But we believe that Jesus invites all people to find their home in God.
So we invite you to come along with us. We're finding our home together.