LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE

You could say that Jesus is the lead-pastor of our church. We believe that Jesus is our true leader and head. We believe that Jesus provides his church with leaders who give their lives to care for the church. Jesus gave the church a few offices to help structure leadership. First, we are lead by what we call elders or pastors (which are synonymous terms biblically speaking). Second, we also have deacons who function in a lead servant role. Third, our members function as an office. We believe that membership at the church is an important commitment that comes with responsibilities to live out the "one anothers" of the faith and to be involved in the direction and decision making of the church.

STAFF PASTORS

Bland Mason, Lead Pastor

In 2010, Bland planted City on a Hill in Brookline. Bland enjoys spending time with his wife, Teresa, and their three kids - Jordan, Hannah, and Sarah. Bland has committed his life to Boston/Brookline and likes to read in the areas of theology, philosophy and culture. He holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees and has taught theology courses for several years as adjunct faculty at Southern Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Bland also serves with Baseball Chapel as chapel leader to the Boston Red Sox.

Email: bland@coahchurch.org
Twitter: blandmason

Fletcher Lang, Executive pastor

As the executive pastor, Fletcher is responsible for practically implementing the vision of CoaH. He oversees many different ministry leaders, runs community groups and the LEAD fellowship, and preaches regularly. Fletcher and his wife Megan have two children, Kennedy and Shepherd, and they call Brookline home. He has been working in ministry since 2005, but has been with CoaH since the summer of 2012. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Math and an M.Div. from the School of Theology at Southern Seminary, and he is currently pursuing a D.Min. degree. Fletcher enjoys reading, running, riding his bike, and watching the NBA.

Email: fletcher@coahchurch.org
Twitter: fletcherlang

Mike Hong, Pastor of Worship AND Mission  

As pastor of worship and mission, Mike oversees the discipleship of the church through the Sunday worship gatherings and leading musicians in the worship ministry. He also facilitates partnerships with outside organizations and ministries, which includes anything from local neighborhood non-profits to overseas ministries in other countries. 

A resident of the Boston area since 1999, Mike spent several years working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Boston College before enrolling at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2008 to pursue an M.Div. He joined City on a Hill's staff in the summer of 2011. Mike and his wife Tanya have two children, Alina and Mark. 

Email: mike@coahchurch.org
Twitter: WMHong

 

LAY-ELDERS

jeff johnson, lay elder Jeff and his wife Abby have been married for over 10 years and have a vibrant young daughter, Eliana. They started attending City on a Hill in the fall of 2012 after having moved around quite a bit. While they are both working professionals, their real passion is for building community and entering into the beautiful mess of real relationships.

jeff johnson, lay elder

Jeff and his wife Abby have been married for over 10 years and have a vibrant young daughter, Eliana. They started attending City on a Hill in the fall of 2012 after having moved around quite a bit. While they are both working professionals, their real passion is for building community and entering into the beautiful mess of real relationships.

Kaleb Chang, Lay Elder Kaleb has been married to Celina since 2010. They have one child, Jesse, and own a home in Roslindale. Kaleb is a data specialist, and he previously served as a deacon at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Kaleb became an elder in 2017, and he now serves at City on a Hill as an elder and community group coach.

Kaleb Chang, Lay Elder

Kaleb has been married to Celina since 2010. They have one child, Jesse, and own a home in Roslindale. Kaleb is a data specialist, and he previously served as a deacon at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Kaleb became an elder in 2017, and he now serves at City on a Hill as an elder and community group coach.

MATT HARRIS, LAY ELDER

Matt and his wife Sue (who's a deaconess at the church) have been married for over 35 years and became Christians a few years into their marriage. Having grown up in the Boston area, both of them came face to face with the true message of God's grace later in life. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Matt is an engineer by training and currently a handyman by trade. Matt enjoys sailing, skiing, and hiking

Email: matt@coahchurch.org

Chris blessen, Lay Elder

Chris is a full-time architect in Boston. He and his family came to City on a Hill shortly after we launched in the Driscoll School in Washington Square. He's passionate about developing community and a spirit of prayer at CoaH. Chris and his wife Allison have two daughters, Lily and Caroline.

Email: cblessen@coahchurch.org

Suny Liaw, Lay Elder

Suny moved to Boston in 2014 with his wife, Yen (who serves as our treasurer), and two boys, Isaac and Caleb. Suny serves as an attending physician at Children's Hospital in the palliative care area. Suny focuses his time as an elder by coaching community groups and teaching the occasional class. Suny became an elder in 2017.

 

DEACONS AND STAFF

Mollie Dykstra, CoaH Kids Director/Deaconess

Mollie and her family lived overseas for several years before making Brookline, MA home in the spring of 2012. A graduate of Trinity Western University, she worked at Focus on the Family (Canada) before choosing to follow her dream of being a stay at home wife and mother. Having a vested interest in the spiritual development of the children at CoaH, Mollie came on to the staff to oversee their children's ministry. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and all things retail.

Email: mollie@coahchurch.org

EMMANUEL OKHAREDIA, PASTORAL INTERN & DEACON Emmanuel is a lawyer and musician. After studying marketing and French at CSU San Bernardino, he moved to Boston to pursue law and make disciples in the city. Emmanuel has a heart for racial reconciliation, enjoys playing basketball, and likes fashion.  emmanuel@coahchurch.org

EMMANUEL OKHAREDIA, PASTORAL INTERN & DEACON

Emmanuel is a lawyer and musician. After studying marketing and French at CSU San Bernardino, he moved to Boston to pursue law and make disciples in the city. Emmanuel has a heart for racial reconciliation, enjoys playing basketball, and likes fashion. 

emmanuel@coahchurch.org

ASHLEY WILLIAMSON, OFFICE MANAGER Ashley is a point of contact for those who are in the CoaH community and those looking to get involved. She also assists the pastors at City on a Hill in staying on top of day to day tasks. Ashley moved to Boston from Texas so she could pursue a Master of Social Work at Boston College. When she is not at work, she can be found reading, exploring new places, and spending time in the great outdoors.  office@coahchurch.org

ASHLEY WILLIAMSON, OFFICE MANAGER

Ashley is a point of contact for those who are in the CoaH community and those looking to get involved. She also assists the pastors at City on a Hill in staying on top of day to day tasks. Ashley moved to Boston from Texas so she could pursue a Master of Social Work at Boston College. When she is not at work, she can be found reading, exploring new places, and spending time in the great outdoors. 

office@coahchurch.org

Shane pratt, technical intern

Shane was born and raised in South Africa, but is the child of an American. After much prayer and deliberation, Shane moved to the US and got immediately plugged in with City on a Hill in 2014. Shane serves as our technical intern on top of managing a sweet youtube page.

SURESH SAMMANGI, CHURCH-PLANTING RESIDENT

Suresh was raised in India in a completely Hindu society, but Jesus saved him in 1997 through the ministry of a local pastor. After that, Suresh sensed a calling to ministry and left everything to follow this calling and be theologically trained in the United States in 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree from Temple Baptist College and an M.Div from Southern Seminary. He is married to Anitha and has two sons, David & Zach. He joined City on a Hill in 2014 to pursue planting a church among Indian people in the Boston Area.

suresh@coahchurch.org

Kayla Woodworth - Deaconness of Setup/Teardown

Sue Freeman - Deaconness 

Mark Schmeissing - Deacon 

 

 

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