Our Vision is to be a community of spirit-filled leaders compassionately engaged with God's mission in the workplace.
Jeff Hagen has served in marketplace ministry since 1984. Before that, he was a Special Representative to the President of Campus Crusade for 8 years. Jeff was a member of the University of Minnesota Baseball team that won a number of Big Ten Conference Championships and was a teammate of Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor. He earned a degree in education from the University of Minnesota and an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary.
Our Board of Directors
Ric Escobar is a former Division 1 athlete who is now the director of Latin American Missions for One Challenge, overseeing missionaries and training pastors to plant churches. One Challenge International
John Mittelstadt was Vice President of Information Technology at Individual Life for Hartford Insurance.
Our Core Values
Scripture - We believe God's Word is true, powerful, and sufficient for every challenge in life (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Prayer - We believe that prayer is an essential ingredient in spiritual growth, and thus, we will have a strong commitment to prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Empowerment - We believe God has gifted and empowered us to be a united community of servants (1 Corinthians 12:12-27), and to become like Jesus Christ (Romans 8:28-30).
Equip - We believe that we should be equipped to fulfill the potential God has placed in us (Ephesians 4:11-16).
Transform - We believe that authenticity, humility, love, and Biblical truth are critical to spiritual and relational growth (Ephesians 4:25-26, 32; Philippians 2:3-4; 2 Peter 1:3-4; John 13:34-35).
Ambassadors - We believe that we are Christ's representatives to those who do not have a relationship with Him (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Resources - We believe in the faithful stewardship of the time, talent, and resources that God has entrusted to each of us (Matthew 25:14-30; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Proverbs 3:9-10).
Purpose - We believe that the supreme mission of every individual believer, is to glorify God and to serve Him forever (Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 2:9, 4:11; Ephesians 3:21; Romans 11:36). And we believe that we are advancing His kingdom by building a framework for spiritual leadership in the workplace (1 Peter 2:5).
"The Gathering provides a unique opportunity for business people to seek God's direction for applying their gifts, skills and talents in their workplaces. I highly value my involvement." - Bill Worthen, Founder and former CEO of Unity Works Media
"I can't say enough good things about the way Jeff Hagen served me and my team. I lead the IT team for NACR. Our team was on a transformational journey! We have had to work through challenges of significant conflict and alignment. Jeff encouraged me and elevated me in the eyes of my teammates at every opportunity. Jeff started us on a journey by first auditing our values and my leadership. He used this information to facilitate very lively and enlightening discussions that brought clarity to our core business and mission statements. Jeff helped us work through belief structures that limited our creativity and value to the organization and helped us develop a vision and supporting values that will take our company to another level! I give Jeff Hagen and Hill Cities a 100 % endorsement to any organization that is serious about transforming their culture. Jeff Hagen is a true servant leader." - Frank Gustafson, Founder and former President of RenovoData Services
Hill Cities, Inc, is a Minnesota Non-Profit Corporation with 501(c)3 status with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service able to receive tax-deductible donations.