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M. Luther Hill was born on March 8, 1962, the ninth of ten children, to Reverend and Mrs. Eddie Hill, Sr. in Montgomery, Alabama.   Reverend Eddie Hill, a builder by trade, instilled in his children the value of having a trade as well as profession. M. Luther Hill learned the skills of housing construction early in life under the guidance of his father and brothers.

He married the former Diana Lynn Davis, the first of four children of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Eugene Davis of New Market, Tennessee. He is the father of two daughters, MeGan Yvonne Hill and Jennifer Nicole Hill, and grandfather to a grandson, Travion. 



M. Luther Hill attended George Washington Carver Senior High in Montgomery, Alabama and graduated in 1980.  Following high school, he entered Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee on a football scholarship. Interests included writing music and performing with various choirs and musical groups.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986. 

In 1986, M. Luther Hill continued to pursue academic excellence and enrolled in Hood Theological Seminary in answer to the call to ministry.  While pursuing a Masters of Divinity, he was selected as treasurer of the Hood Theological Seminary Student Government Association.   He graduated from Hood Theological Seminary in 1989.

M. Luther Hill furthered his academic achievements by pursuing and obtaining a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee.  He graduated from East Tennessee State in 1996. He later  received a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in 2010.


M. Luther Hill entered the Christian ministry, and was ordained in 1983 at the Blue Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Asheville, North Carolina.    He began his pastorate in 1982 as Pastor of Maize Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Sylva, North Carolina and Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church in Cullawhee, North Carolina.  This was a circuit assignment providing pastoral guidance and development to rebuild these congregations.  He also was responsible for renovations of the church structure to include the installation of heating and air conditioning and electrical rewiring of the entire church structure.

In 1984 Pastor Hill was transferred to Graham Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Rieglewood, North Carolina within the Cape Fear Conference.  He pastured a congregation of approximately 250 persons for four years.  During this assignment, Pastor Hill developed a construction company within the church body, resulting in the construction of a fellowship hall.   


Pastor Hill was transitioned in 1988 to St. Paul A.M.E. Zion Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.  During his tenure, he led a congregation of approximately 150 persons in the development of a transportation ministry and the completion of church renovations.  The church membership increased to approximately 200 members during his four years of service.


Pastor Hill’s next assignment was Greater Faith A.M.E. Zion Church in Petersburg, Virginia.  This assignment spanned 1992 to 1994.  Pastoral leadership was provided to a congregation of approximately 250 persons.  Accomplishments included the establishment of a transportation ministry, puppet ministry and community outreach activities.  Community outreach activities included a soup kitchen and blankets for the homeless.  He began his music recording career with his debut album with the assistance of the Craddock Family.


A transfer to Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in 1994 resulted in the development of a transportation ministry, renovations of the church kitchen and fellowship with other congregations.  This congregation grew from a membership of 200 to approximately 250 persons during his tenure.

In 2001 Pastor Hill was appointed to Shepard St. James A.M.E. Zion Church.  This appointment was a replacement of a former pastor of 54 years of service.  The congregation, of approximately 500 plus members, has grown and developed in new ministries.  The areas of growth includes expansion of community outreach to encompass health education and exercise and fitness programs; transportation ministry with the purchase of two buses, educational facilities, the construction of a library and media center and a storage facility.


In 2014 Pastor Hill transferred to the North Carolina Conference and was appointed Pastor of Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in New Bern, North Carolina.

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