Meet Our New Pastor, Rev. Jennifer Campbell
Welcome to Hillsdale Community Church! No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We are an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We seek to extend the extravagant welcome of God to ALL people. We are committed to worshipping God joyfully, sharing Christ’s love, embracing all seekers, and making a difference by pursuing justice and peace in our city and in the world.
We’re so glad you found us here online and hope you’ll come join us in person. We’re saving a place for you!
The Reverend Jennifer Campbell began her ministry among us in January of 2018. Jen previously served First Church Congregational UCC in Fairfield Connecticut for 13 years. In addition to being a pastor, she has been a professional actor and dancer, a stay-at-home mom, and the director of a not-for-profit library and art center. Jen graduated from SUNY Purchase where she studied Anthropology, and from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. She was ordained to Christian ministry in 2007. Jen is married to Amy Boyer and has two adult children, Cam and Nate, who both live in Portland.
Jen has a heart for the queer community and co-founded The Loft Community in Fairfield, Connecticut: a community of love, support, and resources for lgbtq teens and young adults. She spent years serving as a speaker, preacher, and educator on becoming an Open and Affirming congregation in the United Church of Christ.
Jen has a heart for social justice work and knows that serving others in the spirit of Christ transforms our lives and communities. She has planned and led over 15 mission/service trips for the UCC with teens, young adults, and older adults to places all over the United States and in Mexico.
Jen has a heart for spiritual formation and is committed to creating space for each of us to deepen our relationship with the Holy and explore God’s call upon our lives.
“In a culture too often bound by division, violence, prejudice, and fear, I am committed to following the Way of Jesus: the way of radical compassion and love, extravagant welcome, and working toward peace and justice for all people. Some people say the Church is becoming obsolete, but that’s not true. The Holy Spirit is alive and well and is leading the way forward. I love the committed, confused, faithful, doubting, compassionate, cranky people who keep showing up at church. I love all the singing, praying, building, planting, hoping, and proclaiming we do together. It is holy work even when it’s hard. And sometimes it’s hard! Wouldn’t it be easier to just throw in the towel and go to Sunday brunch? Maybe. But God is still speaking, there’s work to do in this hurting world, and we in the church aren’t going for easy, we’re going for REAL. Real faith. Real community. Real life. When we follow Jesus, we set out on a radically-inclusive, risk-taking, one-in-the-Spirit, faith-in-action, change-the-world kind of journey.”
Join us. All are welcome here!