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Men’s Ministry exists to equip men to Follow Jesus and Be His Presence by discovering who they are in Christ and to focus on God’s plan for their lives.


Men find ongoing support and accountability through small groups, mentoring, and several major events throughout the year. Relationships are key to our growing into more fully devoted followers of Christ.

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Resilient Men 

Saturday, April 8th @7:30AM

Cost is free


Breakfast, Fellowship, and Prayer

If you have any questions about "Resilient Men",

MEN'S Events

March 10-11

Resilient Men:
The Retreat

Join us for powerful teaching, amazing food, enriching fellowship and friendly competitions - including our annual cornhole tournament, some of your favorite Gladiator Games events, and a new teambuilding challenge that will inspire you.  Whether you are 16 or 86 there will be activities for you!  Our speakers will draw us closer to God and each other as we explore what it looks like to be a Resilient Man in 2023 - in our faith, families, and workplaces.


Resilient Men

Every 2nd Saturday

"Resilient Men" is an opportunity for men 16yrs and up to connect with each other. Every 2nd Saturday of the month through the end of the year, we will gather for a time of being challenged, fellowship, prayer and sharing a meal together. 

2/11 - Breakfast 7:30 am

4/8 - Breakfast 7:30 am

Men's Core Groups

The group decides what days and times work best for them

For info contact Ben Steele

A Core Group is a smaller group - 3-4 guys who meet regularly.  The meeting time and location is flexible to the group - some of our groups meet for breakfast, coffee, or going on hikes.  This format is designed for a more dedicated opportunity for relationship building and conversation.

Men's Prayer Group

Tuesday Mornings

7AM - 8:30PM

Sebastopol Campus

Men of all ages meet in Fireside Hall at Hessel Church for prayer and devotional, and fellowship. 

Pure Desire
Recovery Group

Tuesday Evenings

7PM - 9PM

Sebastopol Campus

French Hall

Pure Desire is a group to support men in their recovery by providing a safe, confidential place to process their life story. We believe that healing happens best when we are with a community of people who are on the journey with us. Sexual addiction isolates and separates us from one another. Pure Desire believes men can find hope and healing as they learn to tell their whole story and recognize the impact it has had on their behavior.

Contact: Ben Merilatt  |  707.540.3744

Men's Bible Study

Thursday Evenings

7PM - 8:30PM

Sebastopol Campus

Fireside Hall

This Thursday Evening Men's Group focuses on books of the Bible.

Contact: Steve Danelz  |  707.888.6506

Men's Bible Study

1st and 3rd Fridays @ 7:00

7PM - 8:30PM

Santa Rosa Campus

Pastors Office

This Men's Group is currently studying the sermon on the mount.

Contact: Jim Whitford  | 949.257.5428

Ben Steele


Although Ben joined our staff in February 2022.  he has been serving at Hessel for many years. Among the many hats he wears, he is our new Director of Men's Ministries. Ben has been married for 13 years and has 2 kids.

Ben is passionate about connecting men with each other, with the Church, and helping them find their purpose as servant-leaders.

He is  excited for the 2023 Resilient Men Series where we will discover together the calling God has for the men of Hessel.

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