Our History

In April of 2006, a small group of people met in the Piedmont, Summerset and Black Hawk area of the Piedmont Valley at the edge of the Black Hills of South Dakota. After a second meeting of interested families, a church plant of the Evangelical Free Church in America soon took root.

In June of that same year, what would later become known as Hills View Evangelical Free Church held their first official time of worship, with church planter Bruce Redmond bringing us our first message.

Soon, there was a group of around 20 adults and 22 children and youth meeting and planning what this new "church" would look like. The name Hills View Evangelical Free Church was chosen out of many suggestions as we felt God's hand leading us each step of the way. During this time we were also working on our Core Values, which were adopted as our guiding principles. Out of this also came our Vision Statement ~ "One in Christ, Committed to Praying, Teaching and Reaching".

This band of believers met together in the Piedmont Senior Citizen Center until February of 2007. We had outgrown the capacity of the Senior Center, and were then fortunate to be able to start meeting in the Stagestop Receptions building in the Piedmont Valley.

From the start we were blessed with great teaching from several men who faithfully came to teach us on Sunday mornings. All the time we were searching for the man God had chosen as our pastor and shepherd. One of those men was Ron McLaughlin, who we felt was called by God to lead us as founding pastor. Ron accepted the call, and came in a half-time position. In July, 2007, Pastor Ron became our full time pastor.

Since our early formation as a group of inquiring families, God has blessed us with continued growth spiritually and in people finding God, many for the first time, and others finding Him again.

Now we have begun a new era. On February 15, 2009, Hills View became a full-fledged church. We are associated with the Evangelical Free Church in America and the Rocky Mountain District, but are now an autonomous congregation in association with other EFCA churches.

Further evidence that we are progressing in our journey as a church came at the end of 2011 when we paid off our loan on the property we had purchased just a mile up the road from where we are meeting. God was good and we were able to pay off the loan a year ahead of schedule. Construction began in 2015 and In July 2016, we moved in to the new facility and trusted the Lord for the funds to complete the 2nd half(now under construction) to meet the needs of the growing congregation and community.  In January 2017 we installed Mitch Hildebrant, who was with us in the church plant and beginning years and spent 6 years doing missions work in Swaziland Africa, as a second pastor to attend to the needs.

We remain grateful to God for His great provision and trust Him to grow His Church.