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Leadership Team (Biblical Elders)

Our Pastors

We believe that the consistent pattern of leadership for the church laid out in the New Testament is that of leadership by a team of qualified elders. While the congregation does at key points play an important role in the decision making process in the New Testament, the responsibility of leading, directing, feeding and protecting falls largely to the elders. In addition, we believe that the terms "pastor" and "elder" are synonymous and interchangeable in the New Testament. Therefore, we do not make a differentiation in authority between our vocational elders (i.e. paid staff) and our lay elders. However, we do refer to our vocational "Elders" as Pastors.

Darren Paulson


Darren is the Preaching Pastor of Rolling Hills Community Church. Darren became a Christian after a successful background in business and sales. He was thirty when he received Christ and soon became an active member of Parkway Community Church in Fairfield, California. His pastor, Rev. Dan Deckard, began a reading group with twelve members of his congregation who were seeking a closer walk with the Lord and a deeper grounding in the faith. Darren joined this group and began to read omnivorously. They read classic texts by Augustine, Luther, Calvin, and Edwards (after whom the group was called the “Jonathan Edwards Society”). They also read well-known contemporary exponents of the evangelical faith: John Stott, Jim Packer, John Piper, Don Carson, and others.

As Darren prayed and read more and more, he became convinced that God was leading him to begin formal seminary training. He explored part-time and extension options. But through external circumstances, including the sale of his company, it became clear to Darren that he should give himself full-time to the work of preparing for the ministry. Darren began attending Beeson Divinity School (Samford Univ.) in Birmingham, AL and graduated in 2008 with his MDiv.

After graduating from Beeson, Darren returned to California and Providence Community Church in Vacaville was launched on January 27, 2008, exactly thirteen years to the day that Darren received Christ.

Over the past couple of years God had been preparing Darren for a transition in life and ministry. The transition began in the Fall of 2011 with his marriage to his wife, Elizabeth. Darren & Elizabeth have two children, Zachary (13) and Bella (9). This transition was put into overdrive in January of 2012 when Providence Community Church joined together with Rolling Hills Community Church to form a brand new chapter.

Jerry Sweany


Pastor Jerry was the founder of Rolling Hills Community Church in the Fall of 2005. Jerry has a passion for people to know Jesus...both here at home as well as to those who are in the farthest reaches of the world.

Jerry graduated from Biola University in 1984 and has continued his education through Fuller Theological Seminary and Western Seminary.

Before planting Rolling Hills Community Church, Jerry was a Youth Pastor for just over 20 years and ministered at Bethel Church in Santa Rosa as well as Valley Evangelical Free Church of Vacaville. Jerry was married to Amy Sweany in 1986 and had their four children before God called Amy to her heavenly home after a long battle with cancer in 2006.

Jerry married Melinda in January of 2008 and have four adult children. They spend most of there free time trying to keep up with them. Jerry does volunteer at the local Junior high coaching the best sport on the planet (wrestling).

Kyle Murphy


Kyle Murphy is an elder that was brought on at the beginning of 2014. He has been the director of worship since mid 2013 and enjoys being used by God to lead people in worshipping Him. He has a strong desire for Rolling Hills to serve God through strong biblical teaching, community, and outreach.

In 2008 Kyle received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theology from California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He served as a part of the worship team, and pastoral care ministries at First Baptist Church of Norco from 2005-2011.

After moving back to Vacaville, Kyle joined Rolling Hills and became involved with the worship team and small groups.

Outside of Rolling Hills Kyle enjoys working full time for a local technology company, as a part of the budget management and operations team. He and his wife Malorie have been married since 2008 and enjoy serving the church, good friends and raising their yellow lab Baylee.

Darrold Paulson

Elder / Lead Usher

Darrold R. Paulson (Pauly)

Pauly loves God with all of His heart and has a huge heart for people. That's the primary reason he serves as our Lead Usher.

Pauly is mmarried to Marlene Ann Paulson (59 years and counting). They have three children, five Grandchildren and seven Great Grandchildren.

Originally from a railroad family, Pauley, served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in July 1980

Pauley also served as an Elder at Parkway Community Church, Fairfield, CA and Providence Community Church, in Vacaville before becoming a Deacon at Rolling Hills Commuity Church.

Joe Renner


Joe was appointed as Elder in May of 2017. Joe loves God and is a committed follower of Jesus. He and his wife, Carly, have three children and lead a home group. We are blessed to have Joe as one of our leaders.

Donna Buckner

Administrative Assistant

Donna has ministered at Rolling Hills since 2006 as an Administrative Assistant...and feels blessed to love her work. She has worked in this capacity for 21 years and loves to learn and develop new skills and abilities.

Donna has been married to Dan Buckner for 42 years and has four grown children and three adorable grandchildren.

Donna first came to know the Lord and His saving grace in Junior High School. Through the years, my greatest testimony is His faithfulness, provision and unrelenting grace in my life as well as in my family. My desire is to continue to grow to know Him more and to serve in the ministry.

Melinda Sweany

Womens Miinistry Leader

Melinda is a gifted leader and directs our Womens ministry. One of her biggest joys in connecting women for support and godly encouragement. Professionally she serves as a Director of Development for Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.

Chantelle Robinson

Children's Directory

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