Rev. Stephen R. Hill
Tiki Island Chapel is pleased to welcome the Reverend Stephen R. Hill as our interim pastor. Stephen will continue to provide the church home that we all love and help us continue to celebrate our faith and rejoice in God’s unending love. Stephen looks forward to meeting you very soon. Here is some information he would like to share.
Stephen was raised in a small town (3,500) in Illinois called Gibson City. It was a safe place to grow up, riding bicycles to the gravel pit, fishing, or ride to the city swimming pool every day in the summer. On Sunday, after church (First Presbyterian) he would always go and visit his mother’s mother and father on the farm and would play with his cousins.
He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1976 with a B.A. in Christian Education. He worked at the Manteno Presbyterian Church as a youth worker his junior and senior year. After graduation, he attended Dubuque Theological Seminary. In his second year of seminary, he was a student campus minister at the University of Dubuque. As he preached his first sermon in the chapel, his future wife saw and heard him. She went back to her dorm, called home to her mother and said, “I am in love with the Campus Minister.” They were married at First Presbyterian Church in Winnebago, IL, during his internship at Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church in San Diego, California.
After several successful and fulfilling positions at churches throughout the mid-west, He became a trained interim. His first interim work was at the First Presbyterian Church in Henry, IL. This church was highly conflicted, and an administrative commission was active when he arrived at the church. He was hired because of his coaching and conflict management skills. A year and a half later, they hired a designated pastor.
His wife was extended a call to the Fairfield Glade Community Church in Crossville, TN, and he served a church called Westminster Presbyterian Church. When his wife accepted a call to the Community United Church of Christ in Morton, IL, he had the joy and pleasure to be selected as the Interim at the Clinton Presbyterian Church in Illinois. His wife will be working in Illinois and staying close to one of their daughters, Vickie, who is married to Ryan and has two boys.
Please welcome Stephen with open arms.