Todd Hunter will make two public presentations as part of visit to church formerly known as Hillside Fellowship

In the past year, Hillside Fellowship has joined the Anglican Church in North America, transforming itself into Church of the Vine.

The congregation will celebrate a major milestone in that transition Sept. 15, when Bishop Todd Hunter visits to ordain deacons Sean Flannery and Mike DiMarcangelo as priests. Hunter

Church of the Vine is also using the bishop's visit as an opportunity to share about its transformation, and will host a free community presentation by Hunter on servant leadership at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at its chapel, 611 N. Main St.

In addition to being the founding bishop of Churches for the Sake of Others, a unique and non-geographical Anglican diocese focused on church planting, Hunter is the author of "Our Character at Work: Success from the Heart of Servant Leadership."

Flannery said he hopes the event will be an asset to local leaders, aspiring or established, who are navigating the shifting sands of culture and want to bring their Christian character and faith with them into public venues.

"He's a sought-after lecturer," Flannery said of Hunter. "He's part of a summit of thought leaders called the Telos Collective. That collective of academics and clergy and other practitioners in Christian cultural engagement meet every year and there is some awesome stuff coming out of there."

Hunter received his doctorate of ministry degree from George Fox University and serves as an adjunct professor of evangelism, leadership in contemporary culture and spiritual formation at George Fox, Fuller Seminary, Western Seminary, Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University and Wheaton College.

Hunter has authored several other books and will also give a lecture at George Fox Sept. 13. He will present "Taking Jesus Serious," a teaching on Mark 1:14-15, at 5:30 p.m. in Hoover 105.

To make reservations for the event Sept. 14 at Church of the Vine, visit The first 10 people to respond will receive a copy of "Our Character at Work."

Religion in brief

Meaningful Movies set in McMinnville

McMinnville Cooperative Ministries is hosting its "Meaningful Movies" series on the first Friday of each month at 544 N.E. Second St. This week, the series will feature "Half the Sky," at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The film was produced in 2012 by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, who sheds light on sex trafficking and other means by which women are oppressed throughout the world. Kristof is a native of Yamhill and wrote a book of the same title in 2009. The screening is presented by Peace and Justice Yamhill County. For more information, call 971-241-1258.

Men's retreat at ranch

The Northside Community Church men's ministry is hosting "1292—A Day at 5 Rock Ranch" from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15. The event is open to all ages, but fathers and sons are especially encouraged to attend. The theme will be "Bringing the Walls Down." Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included along with activities like archery, skeet shooting, fishing, basketball, horseshoes and hiking. Those with items for those activities should bring them for personal use. For more information, or to register, call 503-538-0440, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NEFC hosts equity workshop

The equity and diversity ministry group at Newberg Emerging Friends Church will host "Revealing Privilege," a workshop with Pacific University's Narce Rodriguez at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Rodriguez has a background in critical race theory and studied the intersection of race, class, and gender.

For more information, call 971-264-0867 or visit

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