Robbie Severson – Lead Pastor
Robbie started as the Lead Pastor of Hillside Community Church in February of 2021. Prior to coming to Vermillion, Robbie had spent the last 18 years serving in various ministry roles at 3 different churches in Montana. Robbie and his wife, Julianne love the Word of God and are so grateful for the amazing opportunity to preach and lead at Hillside. They passionately desire people to know God, and love to talk about His love in the context of community (especially if there is food involved)! Robbie and Julianne have been married since 2005 and have 3 amazing kids, Micah (13), Carson (11), and Brynna (8).
Robbie graduated from Crown College with a B.S. in Youth Ministry in 2004 and has been Ordained with the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 2008.
The Seversons love to camp. They love hiking and skiing, and they love their dog, Dakota. Things that Robbie is probably too passionate about are Nebraska football and coffee.
Colton Thrane – Worship & College Pastor
Colton graduated from Crown College in December 2019 with a degree in Worship Ministry and Christian Studies. Born in Minnesota, raised in Iowa, and recently leaving residence in Wisconsin, Colton is a native to the Midwest and is excited to now call South Dakota home.
With a passion for music, Colton has many hobbies that go with that love, such as collecting vinyl, playing guitar, and singing almost everywhere he goes. He is also an avid sports fan and enjoys baseball, football, rugby, volleyball, and biking (which seems to be a theme at this church).
Colton's favorite verse is 2 Timothy 2:2 "and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." Colton has a love for discipleship ministry and a desire to see the church grow due to spiritual multiplication much like what is represented in this verse.
Lynette Axtell – Administrative Assistant
Lynette has been serving at Hillside since October 2001 where she has been involved with the AWANA program as well as working behind the scenes to facilitate the many ministries and programs here at Hillside.
Originally from southwest Kansas, Lynette and her husband, Todd, moved to South Dakota in 1995 where they raised their three daughters. Lynette’s time is now primarily spent enjoying her four grandchildren, cooking for her extended family, and spending time with her parents who have retired in Vermillion. She can also be found cheering for the Carolina Panthers and tweaking her fantasy football team each fall!