With over 25 years of ministry experience, our pastor, Dr. Hal Hester, shares the depths of God’s Word in practical and understandable ways. His desire is to help you become a growing disciple of Jesus Christ so you can live the God-life wherever you go and lead others to become growing disciples of Jesus Christ as well. His passion and aim is to develop a church that makes disciples who make disciples and transforms the nature coast with Christ’s love.
Hal is originally from El Paso, Texas, but has lived all over North America from Canada to Mexico. Prior to moving to Hernando County, Hal was the Discipleship Pastor at The Vineyard Church in Dayton, Ohio, where he also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. Hal has worked as a missionary and mission director to Mexico, and as a church planter in Muskegon, Michigan and Manitoba, Canada.
Hal is happily married to Dawn. Dawn has a degree in mathematics, and is currently teaching advanced high school math at Hernando Christian Academy (HCA). They have five children and one grandchild: Tyler, Joel, Hannah, Matthew, and Emma. Tyler is an aerospace engineer in Oklahoma City and married to Jennay. Tyler and Jennay have one child, Richard Ray. Joel works for Cemex in Brooksville. Hannah is at PHSC studying Languages and international business, Matthew is at St. Leo University, and Emma is in high school at HCA. The Hester family lives in Brooksville, FL.
If you would like to know more about the Vineyard, Hal would love to meet you and talk about the mission and vision of Vineyard Christian Church.