Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Introducing Our New Pastor – Phil Hamner!

On Sunday, April 28th, we had an installation service for Pastor Phil Hamner!

Phil and Rebecca Hamner have been married since 1987. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding in the summer of 1984. Rebecca is a third generation Nazarene, and when they met, Phil was Roman Catholic. During the first year of their meeting Phil experienced the assurance of his faith at a Nazarene altar. He joined the First Church of the Nazarene in South Bend, Indiana. After graduation from college, Phil and Becky moved to Austin, Texas, where Phil attended graduate school. Rebecca worked at a local hospital as a Registered Nurse.

It was in that first year of marriage that Phil began to feel a call to full-time Christian ministry. He and Rebecca prayed for direction, and their pastoral family began to mentor them for ministry. Phil received his first ministry license in 1988, and worked in the local church as an Assistant Pastor.

In 1992, the Hamners moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Phil enrolled in Nazarene Theological Seminary, while Rebecca continued her career in nursing. In 1995, Phil became the pastor at a rural church in Missouri, and served there through graduation from seminary. In 1996, the Hamners moved to their hometown of Evansville, Indiana to lead the Faith Church of the Nazarene. For five years they enjoyed their work in Indiana, but the greatest joy was the adoption of their only son, Evan in 1998.

Evan is 21 years old, and is a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University majoring in Sociology. He enjoys participating in the Ministry with Mexico program, where he leads a monthly ministry team to an orphanage working with HIV/AIDS children. He loves all sports, and like his dad, loves Notre Dame Football, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting KC soccer.

For the past 12 years, Rebecca has worked in the area of hospice nursing and care. Recently, she became the Executive Director of Ascend Hospice in Riverside, CA. She loves gardening, traveling with her guys, and sports events with the same. Her 33 years of nursing experience are critical to her expression of her Christian witness. They are equally done in honor to her mother who spent nearly three decades as a missionary nurse in Central America and the Philippines.

Phil is in his 30th year ministry, having served churches in Texas, Missouri, Indiana and Kansas. Most recently he was the senior pastor at the Overland Park, Kansas Church of the Nazarene in the Kansas City metro for 18 years.

Our congregational vote to “call” Pastor Phil Hamner was on Sunday March 31st.  

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