City on a Hill Church is a family of independent churches that gather throughout the Greater Boston area. Our churches are autonomous with their own leadership, teaching, and community engagement. We endeavor to share resources, best practices, a few worship gatherings a year, and other projects in the city. We currently have congregations in Brookline and in Somerville with a Brighton congregation launching in the fall of 2019.

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What We Believe

We exist to glorify God by inviting people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and into a community of people who passionately love God, who actively love and serve others, and who are being equipped to become faithful followers of Christ to reach the nations.

City on a Hill Church is a local expression of the Body of Christ. As a church family, we want to see the good news of Jesus proclaimed through our lives of worship, relationships and outreach to our city and world. 

City on a Hill Church is committed to the teachings of Scripture for both theological understanding and life application.

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Church History

City on a Hill started in 2009 with a Sunday evening worship gathering of around 30 people meeting in Temple Sinai in Coolidge Corner lead by Pastor Bland.

The core group adopted the name City on a Hill Church based on Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

In June 2010, CoaH had its first official membership meeting with 23 people becoming charter, covenant members of the new church.

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Our Core Values

The gospel is the message of God redeeming for Himself an eternal family and Kingdom from every tribe, tongue, and nation on earth by atoning for their sins through the sinless life, substitutionary death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. In short, the gospel is about Jesus and Jesus is the reason that we exist as a church.


The gospel creates family where there is no family. This family is a new community, different from anything on earth, made up of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and personalities, who wouldn’t normally be sharing life together, but are united together as part of God’s family. We work relentlessly to build a strong sense of community in the church where love, grace, hope and truth characterize life relationships as people live together on mission.


The beauty of the gospel is that it does not just unite people together in powerful community, but gives that community a mission as well. After his death and resurrection, Jesus told his disciples, “…As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21 ESV). Christians are “sent” (from the Latin word missio where we get “mission” from) to the world to proclaim the gospel of Jesus in word and deed.