Many students have been influenced by a secular view, influenced first by modernism and then postmodernism. This popular, yet mistaken, view rejects exclusive truth and pressures individuals to keep their faith private and separate from the ‘real world.’
We seek to help students develop a solid Biblical framework of worldview and theology so that they are confident in their faith.
Meet the Directors
Greg Grooms came to Hill House in August of 1994 from Huemoz, Switzerland, after working with L'Abri Fellowship for 15 years. While studying biochemistry at Tulane University in New Orleans, he discovered his faith needed to grow if it were to survive the questions and pressures of living in the modern world. This led him to Francis and Edith Schaeffer’s study center in the Swiss Alps where the historic Christian faith of his childhood was reaffirmed and expanded to apply to all of life and culture.
Greg met and married his Canadian-born wife Mary Jane in Switzerland. They have five children, all of whom are now post college.
Mary Jane Grooms became a believer while a student at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She realized immediately what some people never do: that conversion is more than adding a religious dimension to an otherwise unchanged life. It means changing the way you look at and think about everything. After reading the Schaeffers' books, she set aside university for a time in order to study at L’Abri. There she served as secretary to Edith Schaeffer for four years prior to marrying Greg. Mary Jane brings over three decades of experience in teaching, counseling and hospitality to her role as Co-Director of Hill House.
Greg and Mary Jane's conviction in leading Hill House is that the Bible is true and that all of life is spiritual and meant to be lived to the glory of God. It is a conviction that is reflected in Greg’s teaching. He begins with the Bible and moves to everything else, from academics to pop culture.
The final authority of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it was without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks (2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Cor 2:13, 10:11; John 10:35). View the full list of our beliefs.
Hill House is blessed to have the support of community leaders. These individuals invest their time to further our mission and shape the vision for our future.
Currently serving on the Hill House Board are: Carolyn Ahrens, Dawn Black, Steve Collier, Peter Graves, Charles Heimsmath, Joel Howard, Terri McClendon and Blake Mosher.
Where We Are Going
Since its founding in 1989, Hill House has done more than merely help students to survive their university years with their faith intact. We have sought to recover a tradition of Christian living and scholarship that takes both the Bible and contemporary culture seriously.
Ours is not a new vision. We stand in the tradition of the Reformation and of contemporary writers such as Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis.
How We'll Get There
By teaching – Effective education is more than telling people what to think. It's building discernment, providing biblical tools and modeling how to use them.
By providing resources – We offer Christian scholarship, both through our library and in-person discipleship.
By counseling – When students need support, we are here.