At Serenity Village it is extremely important as we continue to grow that we don’t lose sight of an individuals needs. We believe that we offer enough support through our programming and leadership for our residents to be successful. We have 2 house leaders in each home to provide support, direction and accountability to our residents. Both our program and facilities directors reside in our apartment complex to provide the same support, direction and accountability to our residents. Our leadership serves as examples and all follow the same guidelines as the residents.
About Pastor Jeff Hill – Founder
Growing up in a healthy family Jeff found his identity in playing hockey. In high school, he was introduced to cocaine. This set in motion a 15+ year battle with addiction. Throughout the next 15+ years, Jeff went to over 10 treatment centers trying to overcome his addiction. He found that his biggest challenges were when he got out of treatment. Thus, in 2004 it was placed on Jeff’s heart to start Serenity Village which is now the largest transitional housing program in the Midwest. Jeff was ordained as a Pastor in 2012 by Pastor Earl Gilchrist of Waters of Life Outreach Ministry / River of Life Christian Center. Jeff is a graduate of Bethel College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance. Jeff is married to Monica Hill and has three children: Nikki, Megan and Thomas. In addition to his day-to-day management of Serenity Village, he is the Senior Pastor of Serenity Village Community Church: www.serenityvillagecc.org and is also an entrepreneur. In his role as a business owner, Jeff is able to employ numerous residents of the Serenity Village program which helps transition them to a sustainable, clean, God-centered, independent life.
About Doug Jahnke – Executive Director
Doug grew up in a healthy home in Madison, Wisconsin where he was involved in athletics and was a member of the National Honor Society. Doug graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. After many successful years in business, Doug became addicted to gambling. This addiction took him down a road where he lost everything – his career and family. After Doug’s second treatment in 2008 for compulsive gambling at Vanguard-Project Turnabout, he came directly to Serenity Village. While at Serenity Village, Doug became whole and began to rebuild his life. After 1 year at SV, Doug was promoted into a house leader position and remained for 2 years. After graduating the program, Doug was placed in the role as Executive Director. As Executive Director, Doug works full time for SV and his main role is to provide support to the house leaders and the residents. Doug is married to Aana Jahnke and has two children: Brian and Laura.
About Jack Carlson – Program Director
Jack has been with Serenity Village for 8 years. He is now retired after a successful business career in the steel industry. Jack is in recovery for both alcohol and gambling. In his retirement he has found his life purpose in helping others. Jack works full time for Serenity Village in the role of Program Director. He resides at our Fridley location where his primary focus is to provide support for the house leaders and the residents. Jack has four children: Lori, Daniel, Brian, Krista and ten grandchildren.
About Steve Skowronek – Facilities Director
Steve has been with Serenity Village for 4 years. Steve managed Fridley Supportive Sober Living for 8 years prior to the acquisition in 2010. Steve is now retired from the Local 563 Union where he worked in construction for 42 years. He actively serves as a board member for the Anoka Alano Club. Steve works full time as Facilities Director for Serenity Village where he resides at our Fridley location. His primary role is to ensure that all assets are properly maintained. Steve has three children: Jacob, Michelle, Stephen and four grandchildren.