I have two children; Annie, who teaches and lives in Chicago, and Sam, who is pursuing a computer science degree. I'm the daughter of Bob Ash, who has been a member at this church for 38 years and feel profoundly bessed to be 5th generation in a family with deep roots in the Church of Christ.
I joined The Hills Staff in 2011 as an administrative assistant for the Technical/Creative Arts department. That was the year the worship center was being remodeled. God put me right where He needed me to be, assisting with the logistical challenges of scheduling seven services a week. Two years later, I joined the Student Ministry team. My background is in production and marketing, which aligns well with our student ministry needs. I jump in with most everything - from event planning and marketing to website content to social media to statistical data. There's always something to fill my plate here at The Hills. Somewhere along the way, I was affectionately termed Lynn "The Hawk" Benardello.
Being a member of this amazing staff and experiencing the grace of God through his people here at The Hills has played a key role in my faith journey. Knowing that no matter my past mistakes, it is never, ever, the end of God’s faithfulness to pursue me, to forgive me and to bless me.
My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 6:10-11. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
My hope for the future of The Hills Church is that we never stop being culturally relevant. So many people need to know Jesus and those people are not going to necessarily be like us. But Jesus did not discriminate who he loved by gender, sexual orientation, age, race, political beliefs, religion or geographic location. He loved… He just loved all kinds of people and He wanted them to know of God’s salvation of mankind from the darkness of evil. So my hope for this church is to never stop loving people the way Jesus of Nazareth did.