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OUR LEADERS

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ROGER SODSOD

Lead Pastor & Elder

Roger is passionate about seeing people experience grace, salvation, freedom, healing, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and a new sense of purpose as they are equipped to fulfill their calling in the Kingdom of God.

Originally from Winter Park, Florida, Roger has been married to Jackie since 2001. Now that their adult son, Aiden, is working at Lake Region hospital and has moved out, they’re now empty nesters. They also have a tuxedo cat named Joy.

Roger has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida, a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a certificate in leadership and Biblical studies from the Vineyard Leadership Institute, and a Master of Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. While beginning his career as an opera singer, the Lord abruptly called him into ministry at an Encounter God retreat, and he began serving in ministry in 2003.

Roger enjoys date nights with Jackie, singing in the M State choir, reading, walking, working out, martial arts, riding motorcycles and scooters, smoking meat, playing pool, chess, watching movies, buying/selling watches, and roller skating and playing video games with Aiden.

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LORA MARFELL

Administrative Assistant

Lora has been apart of Hilltop since 2014 and took on the role of Administrative Assistant in 2020 .  She has a passion for planning/organizing, supporting the different ministries within the church and being able to connect with people at Hilltop and within the community.  She also has been personally involved in the kitchen ministry, women's ministry and most recently the Youth Group (THRIVE).

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, organizing, and driving her VW Beetle.

Lora has been married to her husband Ben for 23 years and the have 2 daughters Abigail (married to Jacob Wolter) & Emma (engaged to Cole Mahler), a German Shepherd (Anna) & a cat (Willie).

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LORI DIAZ-LANE

Children's Director

Lori has been attending Hilltop and serving our church family faithfully in countless ways since early 2007. She took on the role of Children’s Ministry Coordinator in February 2015, and she oversees the ministry to our children from 5th grade on down to infants. Lori is passionate about working with children of all ages, and she loves seeing them discover their God-given potential and purpose in life.

When she’s not at Hilltop, she enjoys coaching speech, managing her family resort, cooking, gardening, painting and designing.

Lori and her husband Kevin have two wonderful daughters, Haley (married to Auke) and Caroline.

HILLTOP ELDERS

Arlan Symens

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Sam Richter

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Keith Billings

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Sam been married to Shirley for 48 years and they have 3 sons &

6 grandchildren.

Josh married to Kate;

Wyatt, Winston & Wyllow

Dan married to Nikki;

Ben & Jamie

Matt married to Jamie;

Xavier

Sam & Shirley have been

attending Hilltop since 2014.

They both attended the FFCC and Rhema Bible Training Center

in Broken Arrow, OK.

They have lived in: Fergus Falls, Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Grand Forks, Fergus Falls,

Broken Arrow (OK), Coos Bay (OR), Reedsport (OR), New Ulm and have settled in Fergus Falls.

In Sam's free time he enjoys fishing and home improvement projects. Shirley enjoys puzzles and quilting.  Together they enjoy flower & vegetable gardening and reading.

Arlan is married to Nancy and they have one daughter;

Victoria, who is married to David. 

 

Arlan and Nancy have been

at Hilltop for 16 years and

live in Fergus Falls.

 

Arlan attended the Alexandria technical school and is

employed at Pebble Lake Golf Course as their mechanic.

 

In their free time, Arlan and Nancy enjoy motorcycling. 

Keith is married to Sonja and they have 9 adult children.

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