Interim Pastor

John E. Walker

Born in Tallulah, Louisiana April 13, 1946.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1955, at the St. Luke Baptist Church, Arcadia, Louisiana.  Graduated from Hill Crest High School, Athens Louisiana 1964.  Served in the Army 1965-1967 (Vietnam Vet).  Leaving the Military with rank of SGT. E-5.

Becoming a member of The St. Rest Baptist Church Minden, Louisiana, where I served as an Usher, and a part of the church choir, 1969-1976.  Moved to Anchorage, Alaska 1976-2011, where I became a member of the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church from 1977-2001. While at New Hope I served in the following positions growing and maturing every step of the way (Usher, Sunday School teacher, Deacon).  Met my wife, and we were married in this church in Sept. 1985.  I acknowledged the call to preach the gospel in 1995, I continued to serve at New Hope as (Youth Bible Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Leader at a Senior Care Center until 2001).

New Church Plant 2001-2005, serving as founder and co-pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Anchorage, Alaska.  We became members of Muldoon Road Baptist Church Anchorage Alaska 2005-2011, serving in the positions of Wed. Night Bible Study Leader, and Sunday School Teacher, filling in for the pastor in his absence with Sunday morning Sermons.  Moving to Mill Valley, Cal. 2011-2013, where I attended the Golden Gate Theological Baptist Seminary for two years.  Moving to Sacramento, Cal. 2013-to present where I have served as Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Director, and a part of the Praise Team, and currently serving as Interim Pastor.  What a blessing to be a part of this congregation.

Director of Music

Christian Hartis

Christian Hartis is a native Sacramentan, who grew up in the Foothill Farms and North Highlands community. Attending local public schools and graduating from Foothill High School. He went on to pursue an education at the University of California, Davis where he would earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History.

Growing up from early childhood in Hillsdale Boulevard Baptist Church (HBBC), he met his spiritual mentor, the late Luke Gertner, as a young teenager. Luke was the Youth Director and Minister of Music and served as the associate pastor of HBBC for nearly a decade. It was through the mentoring and discipleship of Luke, that he received the training that would equip him to serve as the Minister of Music upon Luke’s passing. Formally starting on July 23, 2013 as an interim position, Christian would later be voted in as a permanent member of the church staff where he continues to serve.

Christian works full-time for the Placer County County Executive Office as a Contract Adminstrator outside of HBBC and enjoys being a public servant in this capacity and is married to his beautiful wife, Brie Hartis.

His ultimate desire in this season of HBBC’s ministry is to cultivate unity and fellowship through a spirit of worship, and connect Hillsdale’s ministry with the local community more and more, year after year.