About Us

What is Mars Hill?

We are a parent-led, Speech and Debate club for Christian Homeschoolers who are between the ages of 10 and 18. (click for the legal definition of homeschooling) 

The benefits of Speech and Debate are innumerable!  We offer opportunities to learn various Speech events and Debate styles like Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Parliamentary debate through parent-led coaching and competitive tournaments. In addition to developing their rhetoric and research skills, students also grow their faith, character and develop strong friendships. 

Our name is found in the Bible (The Book of Acts, Chapter 17).  Mars Hill was an important meeting place where philosophy, religion, and law were discussed in New Testament times.  At Mars Hill, the Apostle Paul spoke to the citizens of Greece about the One true God, the Creator of the universe, His love for humanity and His Son, Jesus, the Messiah.  

Paul’s sermon is a classic example of a gospel presentation that begins where the listeners are and then presents the gospel message in a logical and biblical fashion.  

Our vision is to encourage and equip students to become effective communicators of the truth, defenders of the faith, and a transforming influence on our culture. Soli Deo Gloria !

Speech and Debate Showcase
Below you can watch a sample of the speeches our students put together each year.  

Club Calendar

2020 Speech and Debate Summer Camps!

Prepare, practice, and perfect your speaking and debating skills by attending the following camps:

July 27-31
Mars Hill Advanced Speech Camp
For students ages 12+ (with one year of experience)
Click here for details and to register! 

July 29-31
Mars Hill Parli Debate Camp
For students ages 16+ (OR with one year of TP or LD debate experience)
Click here for details and to register! 

Aug. 10-14
Online TP/LD Debate Camp (Independent of Mars Hill and open to a wider audience)
For students ages 12+ (with one year of TP or LD debate experience OR special permission)
Click here 
for details and to register!  


2020-21 Speech and Debate Club!

Registration is now open for the 2020-21 club season! For details, please click on the Membership tab at the top of this page. Remember to sign up before the closing date of Aug. 17 — one week before our kick-off on Aug. 24.

 "In Messiah you were enriched in all                               Speech and Knowledge,                                   so that you are not lacking in any gift."                                                                  ~1 Corinthians 1:4-7

Meeting Location

We meet on Mondays (mid August- April) at 5:00 pm. 

4:00 - 4:45 pm ~ Apologetics Class (optional, highly recommended)
5:00 - 5:20 pm ~ Announcements & Devotional
5:25 - 6:45 pm ~  Speech Coaching
6:45 - 7:15 pm ~  Dinner Break
7:15 - 8:30 pm ~  Debate Coaching

Our meeting location is First Baptist Church of Fountain Hills: 
10215 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Contact us:
EMAIL:  mhsdaz@gmail.com    PHONE:  602-726-9793
Sonya HemmingsMars Hill Board Member
Registration and Communications

Ben Busler,
Sep 13, 2014, 10:01 PM