Waging Peace In A War-Torn World | January 6 – 27

In this four-part January teaching series, we’ve invited distinguished authors and teachers from around North America along with Lead Pastor AJ Sherrill to invite us into rethinking peace in a war-torn world. Jonathan Merritt, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rich Villodas, and AJ Sherrill will guide our conversation as we dream of an increase in shalom. This will be a great series in which to invite friends who are wrestling with similar longings for peace.

If you are longing for peace, if you’re seeking respite from the constant unrest, we invite you to Mars Hill for this series. Be with us, listen, and learn—in peace.


Jonathan Merritt | January 6 | 10am Gathering + 5pm Workshop Event

An award-winning writer and thinker, Jonathan is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and contributing editor for The Week. He’s been published in The New York Times, USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post, and Christianity Today. He’s also been interviewed by most major news networks, sharing his thoughts on the most pressing issues of our time. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Lisa Sharon Harper | January 13 | 10am Gathering + 6:30pm Event

With a strong focus on racial justice, Lisa leads trainings and mobilizes leaders around shared values. Prior to serving as the senior director of mobilizing at Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith & Justice—an organization working to end poverty in New York City. Lisa’s faith-rooted approach has activated people across the U.S. and around the world.

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Rich Villodas – January 20

The Lead Pastor at New Life Fellowship Church in New York City—a church community with people from over 75 nations in the heart of Queens, NYC. No stranger to diversity, Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn. He graduated from Nyack College before completing a Masters of Divinity degree at Alliance Theological Seminary.


AJ Sherrill – January 27

Teacher, writer, and Lead Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church, AJ Sherrill has pastoral experience in diverse church settings across the nation. He is the author of Expansive: Stretching Beyond Superficial Christianity, Enneagram and the Way of Jesus, and Quiet: Hearing God Amidst the Noise. AJ holds two master’s degrees in theology and a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary.


Write For A Change with Jonathan Merritt

Sunday: January 6. 5-7pm at Mars Hill Bible Church

We are excited to bring in prolific writer Jonathan Merritt to help West Michigan thoughtfully engage various forms of communication. Whether you publish books, blogs or simply post on social media, we want to be a community who contributes ideas truthfully, hopefully, and creatively in the cultural moment. Come and grow in your craft and write for a change. Registration Fee: $15  REGISTER NOW

Justice + Peace in a Divided World with Lisa Sharon Harper

Sunday: January 13. 6:30-8:30pm in the Mars Hill Shed

A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad, a consulting group dedicated to designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action. During this event, Ms. Harper will highlight our calling to participate in the bringing of Shalom.  There is no charge for this event, but we ask that you please register.  REGISTER NOW