our story

Northwest Hills Community Church is a multi-generational church of people from towns all across the Northwest Corner on mission together following Christ and leading others to Him.

We meet in the historic Calvary Baptist Church building on the corner of Prospect and Church Streets in downtown Torrington across the street from the Vogle-Wetmore School.


NHCC is affiliated with Converge Worldwide, and is situated within the evangelical, Reformed, and Baptist traditions. 

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we believe

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The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 

The Trinity

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. 

God the Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. 

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. 


We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. 

The Church

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. 

Christian Conduct

We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. 

The Ordinances

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church-baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Religious Liberty

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. 

Church Cooperation

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether it is the Conference or a district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with inter-denominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis. 

The Last Things

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. 

-- Adopted by the Baptist General Conference in 1951, reaffirmed in 1990 and amended in 1997.


Northwest Hills Community Church is a church that is protected, corrected, & directed by servant leaders called Elders. The broad goal of NHCC's church governance structure is to reflect a Biblical leadership structure that serves the church at 20 people or 2000 people, while remaining obedient to Scripture, wise & purposeful in practice, and generous in spirit.

The specific goal is to select Biblically-qualified men who are characterized by their servant-leadership and who demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit. An extensive process involving prayerful evaluation, Biblical study, and congregational input is our regular practice to ensure a godly board for today and in the future.

Currently, our elder board consists of five elders: Mike Ambrose, Mike Clark, Duane Doot, Bill Lutton, and Michael Burgos.

  • mike ambrose // pastor

    Mike Ambrose served as pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Torrington for 25 years before that congregation joined with NHCC in 2015. Before coming to Connecticut, he served two churches in Illinois. He holds a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies and a MA in Religious Education. Pastor Mike enjoys working with the elders and members of NHCC, especially in ministries of discipleship, congregational care and missions. He and his wife Betsy have 4 grown children and 12 grandchildren.

  • MiCHAEL Burgos // Pastor

    Michael grew up in the Hudson Valley region of New York State and married his high school sweetheart Marion. Today they live in Winsted, Connecticut with their seven children, Abigail, Gabriel, Christian, Grace, Lily, Virginia, Israel, and a lazy dog named Jake. Michael holds a BS in Bible and Theology, a Master of Biblical Studies, and a PhD in Polemic Theology. Pastor Mike enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his wife. 

  • duane doot // elder

    Duane grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut, in a God-fearing home along with his five siblings. He went to Southern Connecticut State University where he met his wife Kathy. They have three children and eleven grandchildren. Duane came to understand the Gospel and what a personal relationship with Christ was all about a customer of his shared Christ with him. He accepted the Lord when he was twenty-six years old. Duane started his construction business in 1980.  He chose Colossians 3:23 as his company's theme verse. "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as  working for the Lord, not for human masters." Duane enjoys fishing as well as boating with his family. He enjoys riding his motorcycle with Kathy and biking with his son, son-in-laws and grandchildren.   

  • mike clark // elder

    Mike became a believer in Jesus when he was nineteen years old and has served the Lord in many different ways for the past 42 years. He has been involved in church planting, prison ministry, Biblical counseling, street evangelism, and assisted in starting Grace Place a CPR center in Torrington. Mike has been married to Janice for 42 years, he has three children and fifteen grand children. He served as Superintendent of Parking for the Parking Authority of White Plains for many years before retiring. His hobbies are gardening, fishing with his grand children, hiking, biking or just sitting under a tree reading a good book. His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27:4.

  • bill lutton // elder

    Bill grew up in Vernon, Connecticut with a passion for motorcycles and the outdoors. He graduated from Porter and Chester Institute of Technology in 1981 and is currently the Vice President of Engineering for O.F. Mossberg & Sons. Bill and his wife, Patricia, met in 1980 while working at a restaurant. They have been happily married for 35 years and have been blessed with six children and nine grandchildren. The Lutton's had the privilege of being foster parents for eight years to high risk teen girls, as well as providing emergency temporary care for babies and young children. 

    In January 1987, Bill's boss invited him to attend a financial seminar at his church. This provided an opportunity for the pastor to share the gospel message with Bill and Patricia. They accepted Christ together and were baptized shortly afterward at a small Baptist church in Southern Maine. Over the years, Bill has had opportunities to teach adult Sunday school, act as a youth leader, preach, and participate in a weekly door to door outreach to share the gospel.

    The Lutton's have been attending NHCC since the first regular Sunday service. Bill has been serving on the Elder Board since April of 2010. His desire is to serve and glorify God each day through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Bill believes as an elder he can help improve the programs offered at NHCC and develop future outreach efforts to share the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.