Dr. Timothy M. Hill has been selected to serve as the new General Overseer of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee), a worldwide denomination of more than seven million members. He has also served as general director of World Missions; First Assistant General Overseer; Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God; and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. He is married to Paula and they have three daughters, Melinda, Brittany, and Tara. He is a grandfather to Timothy Brayden and Hailey Taylor Maness.
Most who know Rev. Tim Hill are acquainted with the leadership posts to which he has been elected or assigned: pastor, state overseer, International Executive Committee member, and director of World Missions. But the depth of Tim Hill goes beyond his impressive Church of God resume.
Dr. Tim Hill’s roots lie deep in the heart of Texas, gospel music, and family. He was born in Levelland, Texas, where his father was a pastor and he was saved at the age of seven. For relaxation, Brother Hill loves the mountains and fishing. His passion for Southern Gospel music began at an early age. He recorded his first song at age 16 and since then has been involved in 23 recording projects and authored more than 150 gospel songs. His accomplished musical career has taken him across the country where he has ministered in song to thousands in concerts and church services. One of his recordings, “He’s Still in the Fire,” was voted as Song of the Year in 1991 by Christian Voice Magazine. He will tell you his first love in life is Paula, his wife of 37 years. Paula also grew up in Texas where her father was a carpenter and built the Church of God state parsonage in Weatherford. They married in Fort Worth in 1979 two years after Tim received his license and launched his ministry at the age of 17. From 1982–1984, the Hills, now a family of three with the addition of Melinda Marchelle in 1981, pastored in Keller, Texas, and Tim served on the Texas State Youth Board. In 1986, he accepted his first state-level appointment from the Church of God when the Hills moved to Arizona to become the Youth and Christian Education director. On the last day of that year, their second daughter, Brittany Danielle, was born. The third of their three daughters, Tara Lanae, was born four years later in 1990. Today, those daughters have given Paula and Tim three grandchildren, including one that is due next week.
Between appointments in his early years of ministry, Tim Hill was a sought-after evangelist. He conducted revivals throughout the United States and various foreign countries. He spoke at youth camps, camp meetings, and convocations. His evangelistic preaching style is still in demand today, as demonstrated by his appearance at numerous camp meetings earlier this summer.
Hill graduated from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2006.
The period of 1989–1996 was a pivotal time in Tim Hill’s ministry as he led the Riveroak Church of God in Danville, Virginia, as senior pastor. In those seven years, the Riveroak Church experienced tremendous growth and outreach, and his leadership further galvanized his prospect for future leadership in the Church of God. An appointment to Oklahoma as state overseer would come from the Executive Committee in 1996, the same year he was first elected to the Council of Eighteen. In 1999, he accepted an appointment to lead the Church of God in Southern Ohio as state overseer.
It was at the International General Assembly of 2004 when Tim Hill was elected to the Church of God International Executive Committee as secretary general. He would serve for two years in that post until being elevated to second assistant general overseer in 2006. Two years later the International General Assembly would confirm his nomination to first assistant where he would serve out his eight- year tenure until 2012. While first assistant, Tim Hill gained valuable knowledge as the liaison to the Division of World Evangelization—a role that would prove invaluable as preparation for the next period of his life.
Tim Hill has released a book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” which has also been translated into Spanish. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 32 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. Hill is the author of the number one song, “He’s Still in the Fire,” which was voted as Song of the Year by Gospel Voice Magazine.
In summarizing the last four years as director of Church of God World Missions, Tim Hill characterizes it as, “among the most challenging, yet fulfilling assignments I’ve ever had, in some ways even excelling my years as a pastor and my service on the International Executive Committee. These past four years have had a major and deeply spiritual effect on me.”
The new general overseer feels his time with World Missions has prepared him for what lies ahead in his ministry. Since 2012, he has endeavored to visit all field areas as defined by the Church and has traveled to over 100 countries in doing so.
“My vision for the Church of God is to see our denomination take a lead role in the Evangelical and Pentecostal world in helping to finish the Great Commission,” Hill stated. “My passion is to see our movement express a global church focus on a Great Commission finish.” The Church of God is poised to be a vital participant in this endeavor. The Great Commission is not ‘departmental,’ but is the basis of the whole church.”
Under Hill’s leadership, World Missions undertook several programs and challenges, among them Marcelly’s Dream, Israel Initiative, and perhaps most compelling, the FINISH Challenge. In a recent issue of the Evangel, Hill announced the commitment to expand the FINISH Challenge to the FINISH Commitment; an incentive he plans to carry with him into his new leadership of the entire denomination.
“The Executive Committee must be global in its mindset,” Hill stated. “It starts with us—the International Executive Committee. We must translate the message that we are a global church. Then, every pastor must ask himself/herself: ‘How do I commit to fulfilling the Great Commission? How does my leadership nurture others to reach the harvest?’”
Tim Hill believes strongly that although pastors and other church leaders play a key role, strong leadership in reaching the lost comes from laypersons, students, and local church leaders.
“I am calling on every member of the Church of God to embrace the commitment to engage in Great Commission ministry, beginning with their Jerusalem, then to their Judea and Samaria, and ultimately to the uttermost parts of the earth. Everyone has a platform in ministry. Again, I emphasize, everyone. Almost immediately, the International Executive Committee will be announcing both qualitative and quantitative goals all founded on and in our adopted core values and mission statement that clearly delineate our mandate to ‘communicate the full gospel of Jesus Christ in the Spirit and power of Pentecost.’”
Tim Hill officially becomes the 27th general overseer of the Church of God upon ratification by the International General Assembly, held today (July 22, 2016) beginning at 1:00 p.m.
His wife Paula Hill currently serves as World Missions Coordinator for Women’s Ministries. She has also served on the Church of God Women’s Ministries Advisory Council since 2004, and as the State President for Women’s Ministries in Oklahoma and Southern Ohio. She has served alongside her husband as a pastor’s wife in Keller, Texas, and Danville, Virginia. She has also ministered in song, and recorded several projects with her husband. She has been a speaker at many conventions, camp meetings, and conferences.