Dr. Toussaint King Hill, Jr.

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The Reverend Dr. Toussaint King Hill, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was the only child born to Nella Mae Hill and Rev. Toussaint King Hill, Sr., who are both now resting in glory. Dr. Hill was very fortunate to be blessed with a very loving, nurturing and God fearing family that spans five generations which include his beautiful wife, Mrs. Laurel E. Hill, and two handsome and intelligent sons, Toussaint King Hill, III and Thaddeus Kornell Hill.

Dr. Hill matriculated and graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree; and from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, where he acquired his Master of Divinity degree. At Garrett, Dr. Hill was the first William Holmes Borders Scholar. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Union Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. At United, Dr. Hill was the Cornell West, Jeremiah Wright, Molefi Asante Scholar.

In March of 1989, Baptist Temple Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania unanimously elected and extended the call to Dr. Hill to be their pastor. Dr. Hill served that congregation for fourteen years. Under his leadership, the spiritual, numerical, financial and physical growth was significantly fostered. A renovation of the church edifice, physical façade and sanctuary inside and out was completed. During his stay in Pittsburgh, Dr. Hill was very active in the community. He was the first African American chaplain to serve the Pennsylvania Air National Guard; and the only African American male to be selected as a member of the Pittsburgh Police Citizens Review Board.

Dr. Hill’s numerous awards and recognitions include:

 Induction into the Morehouse College of Preachers, Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel.
 Honored with the Outstanding Young Men of America Award.
 Profiled in Essence Magazine as an “Outstanding Morehouse Man.”
 Awarded by the United States Congress with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Internship.
 Appointed by former Vice President Al Gore to a commission to aid in the transformation of education in underprivileged inner-city neighborhoods.
 In June 2003, Dr. Hill was appointed Assistant Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ebenezer Baptist Church is the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is an internationally acclaimed congregation.
 Current National Spokesman for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

In August 2006, Dr. Hill was elected to his new position as Pastor of the West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta. West Hunter Street Baptist Church has always been important in the Civil Rights Movement and is the spiritual home of civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy.

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