Kids Ministry

The Kids ministry of the Church of the Hills is devoted to training kids in the scriptures so they can build a life whereby the Holy Spirit is free to communicate inside their hearts and imaginations in an unhindered way. As kids are trained in the Word, they will grow to discern the difference between good and evil, right and wrong, and light and darkness. And in their journey they will be inspired to dream the great things that God has for them! “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1Corinthians 2:9)


Day Dreamers: Infants

The tenderest of dreamers, their imaginations gaze about and seek to discover God’s love through affectionate smiles, kind embrace and peaceful security.


Little Dreamers: Toddlers

Scriptural seeds are planted to help young minds to discover that God has a way and a path to right thinking and correct thoughts and imaginations.


Dream Machine: Pre-Kindergarten

Age appropriate instruction is given in an inspiring way to reward correct thoughts and spirit led imaginations.


Imagination Station: First – Fifth Graders

Kids are now being trained to clearly understand the scriptures they have already learned to memorize, discovering the importance of having a “sound mind” as they apply God’s Word to their imaginations and lives.


Pure Imagination: Sixth – Eighth Graders

The idea of “Purity” is pleasing to God. And by this time, middle school kids will understand and learn to desire the value and skill to forming and holding onto “Pure Imaginations”.

Pro-Life ministry

View our Prolife event video!

Special Parents

Caring for Special Needs Families, one event at a time!


Watch our most recent Special Parents Night Out video

In recognition of the absolute necessity of parents of special needs children to take time out of their busy schedules to ‘recharge their batteries’ and invest quality time into their marriage relationship in order to maintain a strong foundation for meeting the physical and emotional needs of their special needs children and siblings, The Church of The Hills has partnered with local restaurants in the Chester, Mendham and Bedminster area to sponsor a semi-annual event offering a complimentary ‘Special Parents’ night (dinner) out while their special needs children and siblings are cared for and entertained by loving and qualified volunteers.

On May 21st, 2011 from 5 – 9pm we will host our third event.  While the parent’s enjoy a ‘Date Night on Us’, dinner, music, movies, games, a petting zoo and numerous other activities for the children will be hosted at The Church of the Hills, 3545 Route 206, Far Hills, NJ.

Potential guests, volunteers and donors are encouraged to visit to learn more, read parent testimonials, view a video clip from our last event and/or sign up for upcoming events.



2010 Christmas Outreach

Our annual Christmas outreach was featured in the courier news today! The outreach, held on December 11th 2010, benefited over 300 families in need.

Church spreads holiday love, cheer to Central Jersey’s less fortunate


The toys didn’t even begin to tell the story.

The smiles and wide-eyed looks from children and parents who attended the Church of the Hills’ fifth annual holiday party for the underprivileged and hurting not only expressed thankfulness but hope, said Peggy Byrnes, the event’s organizer.

Nearly 300 packed the church hall for a day of songs, a play, lunch and handing out of gifts to guests, who included troubled, hurting and less-fortunate youngsters and adults from several schools and social agencies stretching from Newark to Franklin (Somerset).

The gathering was completed by a brief appearance from former church member and New York Giants two-time Super Bowl champion Lee Rouson of Flanders, now an associate pastor at a church in Harlem.

“I love it,” said the onetime fullback, who played from 1985 through 1991 and was part of teams that won titles in 1986 and 1990. “This is family to me.”

The day was coordinated by Leading Ladies, a women’s group headed by Byrnes within the Route 206 church.

In years past, the toys had been provided through the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program, but Byrnes said this year a shortage of donations left Tots unable to help. Undaunted, church members pitched in to buy dozens of gifts. “Everyone rallied together,” Byrnes said.

Several items, including bicycles and skateboards, were given away during drawings. But every child and adult left with something, Byrnes said.

Mobin Chadaha, a staff member for Alternatives, a social service agency in Raritan Borough that brought nine families to the event, said the gifts, and the entire day, were a blessing. “It’s not easy nowadays,” Chadaha said.

Amanda Stramzenbach, 20, of Franklin, a resident of Franklin House, a transitional housing facility run by Alternatives, watched with her daughter, Julianna, 1. “I feel a little touched,” Stramzenbach said. “It’s very nice.”

Most of the gifts were $5 games from Walmart, said Katie Byrnes, 20, Peggy’s daughter. But she and other church members hoped it was the love and kindness that their guests would remember when they returned to their surroundings, many of which offer daily reminders of a hard life.

“This is not a thing they’ll forget easily,” Katie said.

LeKeshea Brooks-Wertz, a social worker for 17th St. School in Newark, said the event taught her group a lesson in compassion. “We try to show the kids that it’s important to do for others,” she said.

Calendar of Outreach Events

Calendar of Outreach Events

Weekdays - Feed the Homeless in Dover

Thursday, Oct. 14th - 1st Choice Women’s Resource Center Fundraising Banquet

Saturday, Oct. 16th - Ministerio de Fe Luncheon

Saturday, Oct. 23rd - Special Parents’s Afternoon Out

Monday, Oct. 25th - Nursing Home Visit

Sunday, Oct. 31st - Harvest Party

Sept 22 - Oct. 31st - 40 Days for Life Campaign

Oct. - Health Care Ministries in El Salvador

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13th - Men’s Conference

NOW thru Nov. 20th - Leading Ladies & Hills Kids Thanksgiving Food Drive

Monday, Nov. 29th - Nursing Home Visit

Dec. - Adopt a Family

Thursday, Dec. 9th - Christmas Play “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen”

Saturday, Dec. 11th - Christmas Outreach

Friday, Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve Service 7pm

Monday, Dec. 27th - Nursing Home Visit

Friday, Dec. 31st - New Year’s Eve Service

Leading Ladies Holiday Outreach Events

Our Thanksgiving Baskets, Adopt a Family and Christmas Outreach programs meet countless needs during the holiday season. 

Thanksgiving Food Collection - NOW thru November 20th

We provide  an entire holiday meal, along with many extras, in our Thanksgiving Baskets.  This year the Leading Ladies is partnering with the Hills Kids to collect canned and boxed items to put along side the turkeys so generously donated by Wegmans.  Please see a Peggy Byrnes or Pastor Nick for donation details and collection information.

Adopt a Family - December

Adopt a Family gives us the opportunity to bless struggling families at Christmastime with many necessary items as well as a few “wish list” gifts.  Be on the look out for our donation tables set-up in the front foyer.

Christmas Outreach - December

The Christmas Outreach is our biggest event of the year!  We bus approximately 350 homeless children to the church on a Saturday afternoon for FOOD, FUN AND TOYS!!!  The Hills Kids perform their Christmas play.  There is plenty of music, special guests and a hot meal.  The Marines Toys for Tots program provides a toy for each child.  Volunteers needed!

To get involved with this ESSENTIAL ministry, contact Peggy Byrnes ( OR Wanda Ruiz (

Ministerio de Fe

The Church of the Hills Spanish Ministry, Ministerio de Fe, is involved in a number of outreach efforts, along with holding a weekly service every Tuesday night from 7:15-8:45pm.  The service is translated into English - show your support and invite someone!

Saturday, October 16th (12-4pm) - Ministerio de Fe Restoration & Fellowship Luncheon

Evangelist Luis Casiano from Puerto Rico will be a guest speaker.

Ministerio de Fe continues to reach people in other nations through prayer, shipping of clothing and canned food for those in need, as well as, spreading the Word of God to homes in nearby communities three times a week.  To God be the glory - there have been multiple salvations and reconciliations!

For more info, contact Mabel Chavez OR Wanda Ruiz!

Pro-Life Ministry newsletter

Please join us as we “stand in the gap” for the unborn and say YES! to life!


40 Days for Life Campaign - Sept. 22nd - October 31st

Please join us in prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils.  The campaign will be held in 238 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Northern Ireland and Denmark.  We will be joining the 40 Days for Life group in Woodridge for peaceful vigils.

See for details.

1st Choice Women’s Resource Center Fundraising Banquet - Thursday, October 14th

March for Life - Monday, January 24, 2011 - Washington, DC

The Church of the Hills will once again be going by bus to March for Life in D.C.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Email Lisa Munoz at to get involved with The Church of the Hills Pro-Life Ministry!

Prison Ministry

“I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matt 25:36

We partipate with both “in facility” ministries as well as after-care programs.

Going In

Our goal is to spread the love of Jesus and the message of salvation to those who are incarcerated.  We currently participate in life skills seminars, bible studies and prayer groups on Tuesdays and Saturdays at Passaic County Jail, and Thursdays at Mountainview Correctional Facility.

After-Care - NJ Faith-Based Community Resource Project

The goal of this project is to develop a NJ Faith-Based Community Directory for women transistioning from prison back into their families and communities.

For more information contact Robert Vasquez at

Feeding the Homeless

The homeless of Dover, NJ are being feed every weeknight (Monday-Friday) at 4:30pm.

The Zion Baptist Church on Richards St. in Dover coordinates this outreach every evening.  The Church of the Hills’s Rose Imas participates every Friday night. 

To join her and/or for more details about this outreach ministry please contact Rose at

The Church of the Hills Partners with the NYC Relief Bus

These things we do, so that others may live!

The Relief Bus outreach consists of two former school buses now customized into mobile resource centers to help the poor and homeless, while friendly faces serve up a delicious, healthy vegetable soup and drinks.

The Church of the Hills coordinates teams that join in with NYC Relief Bus outreach events every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

For more information and to GET ON THE BUS email


Nursing Home Ministry

The last Monday of every month from 6:30-7:45pm a ministry team visits a local nursing home.

Kids sing songs, put on skits etc. . .  There is devotional and prayer time as well.  This is a ministry for the whole family!

See Ellen Miele to GET INVOLVED!

Ministry for Deaf Culture

American Sign Language Classes at The Church of the Hills!

“Introduction to Deaf Culture” get together. 

For Further Details Contact Lisa Munoz at

One-on-One Special Needs Ministry

We are assembling a team of volunteers that are ready, willing and able to care for and accompany special needs children to Sunday school class while their parents attend services. 

The parents will be blessed, the children will be blessed and the volunteers will be blessed!!!

For more information and to sign-up contact Steve & Denise Coutts -

Health Care Ministries

Health Care Ministries is the medical missions arm of the Assemblies of God.  It is patterned after the way Jesus ministered - not just with humanitarian relief but with restoration of the whole body.  They take non-medical staff!

Rob & Sally Puleo are traveling to El Salvador in October to hold a dental clinic for Pastors and their families in the area.  Many need encouragement and a Word that can sustain them.  PRAY for these Pastors, their families and their flocks!  PRAY for Rob & Sally that the Lord protect and bless them as they continue His work. 

For more information and to become involved in Health Care Ministries email Rob & Sally at


Isaiah 55:11. . .“so is my word that goes out from my mouth, it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

Do not underestimate the Holy Spirit!!!  Inviting people is a powerful “outreach”! 

Sunday Services - 10am

Men’s Mentoring - Sundays, 9:30am

Women’s Bible Study - Tuesdays, 10:30am

Men & Women’s Discipleship - Thursdays, 7:15pm

The Mix (teens) - Thursdays, Sundays & Many Special Events

Club Infinity (pre-teens) - Bi-Monthly Events

Harvest Party - Sunday, October 31st

Men’s Conference - Friday & Saturday, Nov. 12th -13th

Kid’s Christmas Play - Thursday, December 9th

Christmas Eve Service - Friday, December 24th 7pm

New Years Eve Service - Friday, December 31st

What’s New

New Look!

The site has undergone a cosmetic change reflecting a modern, cleaner, easier to read layout.

New Content!

Check out newly published content, such as our growing list of ministries and our history at the Church.


We will be publishing a monthly newsletter to keep you update on current events at the Church of the Hills. A summary of the most recent newsletter will appear at the bottom of the site where it says "Latest Newsletter."

Online Giving!

You can now give your tithes and offerings right from the website! Going on vacation for 2 weeks? Not a problem! You can make one time tax-refundable gifts, or set up your profile for recurring giving at a predefined time that YOU choose. See the "online giving" link at the top of the page in the main navigation.

Event Registration

For future events, such as a retreat or banquet, you will be able to register directly from the website! Keep an eye on the homepage slides and monthly newsletters for upcoming events!

Upcoming Website Additions

Keep an eye out for the upcoming media page which will include uplifting audio and video for you watch and listen to.

Spotted a website problem???

We need to know! Please contact Mike Daleo ASAP via the contact page form

2009 Kids with Cancer Outreach a Success

The 2009 NJ Kids with Cancer Benefit was a great success.  Four families, identified with the help of a   local pediatric cancer center, were the focus of a fall Walkathon   Fundraiser and a Harvest Festival, both held on The Church of the Hills   campus.

The NJ Kids with Cancer Walkathon involved a direct mail campaign to friends and families asking for sponsorship for each walker.  Donations came flowing in and supporters put on their sneakers for the two hour walk.  The walkathon was followed by a well-attended Harvest Festival filled with all sorts of activities and food.  Vendors such as Willie’s Tavern and others donated both their food and time to the event.  Clowns, games, inflatables and more made the day extra special for everyone.

The NJ Kids families attending were a key part of the festivities and graciously received the donations collected for them.  While the event took place in October, donations are still arriving to this date.  Due to the generosity and kindness of so many, our NJ Kids -  Christian,  Kian, Kevin and Joshua, will be receiving additional donations to help offset the tremendous financial burdens brought on by this disease.

On behalf of the ‘Kids’, their families and all the volunteers, thank you for your support.  Your compassion, generosity and prayers are deeply appreciated.

The Church of the Hills Reaches Expansion Settlement

A massive upgrade looks likely for the Church of the Hills following a
settlement between Bedminster Township and the church approved
yesterday in federal court that heads off a “potentially
staggering” discrimination lawsuit.

Friday, January 26, 2007
Star-Ledger Staff


The township committee, board of adjustment and a group of church
members attended a special joint meeting yesterday morning before U.S.
District Court Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark, where the
parties voted unanimously to approve the settlement.

“I have little doubt it will be executed,” Chesler said.

A phalanx of six attorneys, including two religious and constitutional
experts, faced Chesler on behalf of the church, the township and the board.
Remarking on the considerable number of billable hours racked up in the case,
Chesler called the settlement a “fair, reasonable and equitable”
solution that would avoid costly litigation were a federal religious
discrimination lawsuit to go forward.

Chesler said the township risked “a potentially staggering exposure in
terms of money,” if the municipality

Not everyone in the courtroom agreed. A group of some 20 neighbors of the
property attended the hearing yesterday. Their attorney, Stuart Lieberman, of
Princeton, filed an 11th-hour motion Wednesday to intervene in the case,
saying the 26 families he represented were shocked to learn less than two
weeks ago that a settlement was on the table. Until then, Lieberman said,
neighbors thought the township was seeking to uphold the board of adjustment’s 2005 denial of the church’s original application.

“They thought the governing body would work to affirm the denial, which
they thought was a well-placed denial,” Lieberman told the court.
“This really affects their quality of life.”

Lieberman said approving the settlement would “turn municipal land use
law on its head,” and invite every aggrieved house of
worship to file federal lawsuits. “We’re treading in a
dangerous area here,” he said. But Chesler called
Lieberman’s last-minute attempt to intervene “simply
untimely,” noting the case has been
before the court since July 2005. The road to expansion has been paved
with legal twists and turns for the growing Pentecostal church, which
first submitted an application in the summer of 2002 seeking to
expand its 18,500-square-foot converted horse barn on Route 206 to a
complex four times in size. It later reduced the size to a proposed
65,137 square feet.

More than two years and 30 board of adjustment hearings later, the
board voted unanimously to deny the church’s plans in February 2005. In
July 2005, the church filed a federal lawsuit against the township and
board of adjustment claiming violation of the First Amendment and the
Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.

RLUIPA protects houses of worship from stringent application of
municipal land use laws. Lieberman, who called the church’s
federal case a “bogus lawsuit,” suggested the township only
decided to settle because “the insurance company got

“They’re getting everything they could possibly want under the guise of
RLUIPA,” Lieberman said of the church.

Howard Cohen, one of the attorneys representing
Bedminster, countered that. “There has been a dramatic change
between what the church first submitted and what is in the proposed
settlement,” he said. The approved settlement allows the church to
build a 55,025-square-foot complex with a 600-seat sanctuary, gymnasium,
nursery, bookstore, basketball court, classrooms and two sports fields.
A “prayer pagoda” will host no more than 10 weddings a year.

The church will reorient the new structure to minimize exposure on
Route 206 and neighboring properties and employ environmentally
conscious and noise-minimizing measures. Parking will be limited to 300
spaces, including 50 turf-paved spots. Bedminster also will pay the
church $150,000 toward legal fees. The court’s determination is not the
final decision in the matter. The church must again submit an amended
application conforming to the settlement. The board of adjustment will
review the application, scheduling special meetings as necessary to
expedite the mater. No extensions will be granted.
Nyier Abdou may be reached at or (908)

© 2007 The Star Ledger
© 2007 All Rights Reserved.

Micah’s Bikes


The vision of Micah’s Bikes is to provide therapeutic bicycles to special needs children in families that cannot afford to make this substantial purchase. Therapeutic bicycles can be very expensive, ranging in cost from $1200 to several thousand dollars depending on the severity of the handicap. Therapeutic bicycles can be very beneficial to special needs and handicapped children. Known benefits of therapy bikes include:

Unfortunately, many families with special needs and handicapped children are not able to afford this expense. These families are so often besieged by special needs related expenses that a bicycle, even a therapeutic one seems like a luxury. This is where Micah’s Bikes hopes to step in and meet the pressing needs of these families. We ask that you would partner with us to provide a therapeutic bicycle to a needy child.

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Get Involved

The Church of the Hills has are a number of great IN HOUSE ministries to become involved in. . . .

Audio/Visual Ministry

Contact Mindy Daleo to GET INVOLVED!
Email –

The Bookstall Ministry

Contact Jean Douma to GET INVOLVED!
Email –

Hills Kids

Come and help our radtastic kids discover and love Jesus! Contact Pastor Nick to GET INVOLVED!
Email –

Cleaning Ministry

Contact Mike Trani to GET INVOLVED!
Email –

Hospitality Ministry

After Service Fellowship
This outreach not only gives the regular church attendees an opportunity to have fellowship over a cup of coffee or tea, but it also gives an opportunity for newcomers to get acquainted with the people of The Church of the Hills!
Contact Fran Masone to GET INVOLVED!
Email -
Call – 908-722-1007

Maintenance Ministry

Contact Mike Trani to GET INVOLVED!
Email –

Sound / Worship Ministry

Contact Mindy Daleo to GET INVOLVED!
Email –

The Mix - Teens

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The Mix is the youth ministry at The Church of the Hills. We meet on Thursdays at 7:00 and have special events planned throughout the month.

The Mix Vision

The MIX exists to be a place where our personal faith in God will grow, to mature and be an inspiration to other teenagers...

...emphasizing the importance of God’s love, unity, blending together, and reaching out to meet the needs of others...

...having loads of fun doing it!

Leading Ladies

Our Leading Ladies ministry operates as the hands and feet of Christ throughout the Northern New Jersey area.  This ministry touches many local people who are often forgotten. 

We reach out to the elderly in our community with regular visits to nursing homes.  We not only give the residents the gifts of love and encouraging words, but we have found a way for them to continue to contribute through "Knitted Together", which is a group of senior women with knitting skills that put their gifts to use making sweaters, hats and scarves for underprivileged babies and children in our area. 

Our Huggers Ministry offers comfort to crack addicted babies who are in need of loving arms to hold them, by volunteering our time at local area hospitals.

Our Day of Beauty Events give us the opportunity to pamper cancer patients and survivors of domestic violence.  At these "Spa Days" we give manicures, pedicures, massages, hair care and makeovers to these precious women who are in need of special care.

Our Thanksgiving Baskets, Adopt a Family and Christmas Outreach programs meet countless needs during the holiday season.  We provide  an entire holiday meal, along with many extras, in the Thanksgiving Baskets we donate.  Adopt a Family gives us the opportunity to bless struggling families at Christmastime with many necessary items as well as a few "wish list" gifts.  The Christmas Outreach is our biggest event of the year!  We bus approximately 350 homeless children to the church on a Saturday afternoon for FOOD, FUN AND TOYS!!!  The Hills Kids perform their Christmas play.  There is plenty of music, special guests and a hot meal.  The Marines Toys for Tots program provides a toy for each child. 

And the list goes on…whether it is connecting special needs children to bicycles designed just for them, bringing hope to the addicted, or just being a friendly face to local immigrants feeling isolated from our mainstream society…Leading Ladies shows it is still in fashion to lend a loving hand to those in need!

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If this is your first time at Church of the Hills, welcome! We promise you a warm and friendly atmosphere with a worship service that will allow you the opportunity to have an experience with God.

Our Goal…

…is that your visit will be more than just “attending church” We believe that you will truly have an encounter with God where your hopes, dreams and desires connect in a real and tangible way!

Church Facilities

When you enter our lobby, you will see a Bookstall where you can get additional information about our ministries. This is also where our first time guests can receive a coupon for a free drink from our Cafe.

Worship Services

Worship at Church of the Hills is not an event…it’s an encounter! Make yourself comfortable- you will see people singing and standing during worship, kneeling at our altar, and you will also see congregants raising their hands as part of their worship expression. Enjoy this freedom of worship; experience God in your own personal way.


There will be a time of prayer at the altar for any needs that people may have; you do not have to participate in prayer if you do not feel led to do so.

Children & Youth

We think your kids are pretty cool and love providing exceptional services for children of all ages.   Get ready for some serious fun!    Please see here for specific information for each age group (Infant-8th Grade). And for our Sr. High students we have The Mix.

Welcome from Our Pastors

Welcome to our website. We trust that as you get familiar with our site, you will find the resources that are needed to give you strength, encouragement and hope.

As you review our content, we expect you’ll find that our staff has tried to clearly define our purpose and vision for ministry. Above all, we exist to fulfill both the Great Commission, which is to go into the world and make disciples and the Great Commandments, which are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.

We are confident that if you are looking for a home church in New Jersey, you will find The Church of the Hills to be caring, accepting and full of opportunity. We are an Assembly of God church that is demonstrative in praise and worship, strong in preaching and nontraditional in service format and philosophy of ministry. We believe in the prosperity of the believer, the Word of faith, and the power of God to deliver from the curse of sin.

If you are seeking to return to your faith or merely have questions concerning the Bible or God’s love for you, it is our desire that you will visit us either in person, by telephone or by way of our web-site once again. Whatever the case, we pray that you’ll always feel welcome here at The Church of the Hills.

Pastor Ron and Patti



Keeping it R.E.A.L.
Relevant - Empowering - Authentic - Loving

We exist to bring faith, hope and love to all people because
they are made in God’s image and likeness. We place a strong
emphasis on unity and family values. We seek to find a need and
meet it, touch a hurt and heal it, listen to a problem and solve

Mission Statement

I will devote myself to the integrity of God’s Word.

I will grow to honor, worship, love, and serve Him.

I will reflect the image of God by remaining whole and fruitful.

I will daily grow in wisdom and in faith.

I am part of the Local Church with my time, talent and treasure.

I am committed to covenant relationships.

I welcome authority and accountability.

I will not allow selfish, short-term, superficial attitudes to destroy my family and friends.

As I develop my relationship with God, I am positioned to touch this world.

I will prosper. It is a healthy sign that I am part of the Kingdom of God.

It is necessary for me to create wealth with the power that God gave me.

I will be a channel of resource for God and for His pursuits.

I am part of the solution to the spiritual and social pollution of my community.

I will prevail against any spiritual force that denies me access to the right of my inheritance.

This is my Heavenly Father’s World . . .

The Economical, Educational, and Entertainment environment of this region are my responsibility.

This is My Mission . . .

This is My Mandate . . .

Our Story

A Brief History of the Church of the Hills

In 1989 God placed a vision on the heart of a young man to plant a church in central New Jersey, in hopes of reaching a lost and dying world. It was at this time that Pastor Ron and Patti Marinari began to seek God for His plans and what area they were to go.

Over the next few months, God spoke to their hearts from Psalm 121.1-2: “I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

It was then that the name “The Church of the Hills” was birthed.

In 1990 “The Church of the Hills” began as a home Bible study in Bedminster, NJ with ten people committed to learning more about God’s Word. When the group grew to 25 people, it became evident that God was indeed building a church and the first official service was held at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ on April 7, 1991. Pastor Ron and Patti responded to the needs of the community by providing morning worship services, mid-week Bible studies, a woman’s Bible study and counseling.

Within two years, many other special ministries were started. During renovations at the Olde Mill Inn, the church found a new home in the Bedminster Reformed Church (March 1993) who needed someone to share expenses and space. In November of 1994, The Church of the Hills needed to relocate once again due to their early growth and changes. They then moved into the Raritan Valley Community College and held services there for over a year.

Today, The Church of the Hills owns a 25-acre tract of land on Route 206 in Bedminster, along with a renovated Equestrian Training Center that has been adapted into classrooms, offices, media space and a sanctuary. Under the leadership of Founding Pastors Ron and Patti Marinari, this facility accommodates over 70 active ministries and over 500 congregants on a weekly basis.