2004 Rockwall High grad Nathaniel Hill becomes Lutheran minister
GARLAND – 2004 Rockwall High School graduate Nathaniel Hill has become a minister in the Lutheran Church.
The Reverend Hill was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry June 10 at Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Garland, where he and his family have been members since the mid-1990s.
He is the son of J.P. and Linda Hill, who own and operate Today’s Vision, an optometric practice in Rockwall. His sister, Vicki, is a second-year student at Concordia University-Texas, preparing for a career as a Lutheran elementary school teacher.
According to his father, Pastor Hill first became interested in the ministry after he was encouraged by the DCE of his congregation to attend a Lutheran leadership conference.
“At that conference, he began to prayerfully consider a career in the pastoral ministry,” said Hill. “The Lord placed in his heart a desire to serve the church in this way. Pastor Hill chose to attend Concordia University at Austin, enrolling in the pre-seminary program. He received a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Biblical Languages in the spring of 2008.”
While at Concordia-Austin, Pastor Hill met his wife, Candice, who received her B.A.there, double majoring in Behavioral Sciences and DCE Studies.
They were married Aug. 15, 2009, at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg TX, after she completed her DCE internship at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Tulsa, OK.
Pastor Hill attended seminary at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. While studying for the ministry he served for one year as a vicar at Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge LA. He received his Master of Divinity Degree in May, 2012, shortly after receiving the call to serve as Pastor of the Lutheran Church in Winchester TX.
“He is extremely excited and thankful for the future opportunities for ministry that the Lord has set before him and his congregation,” said his father.
Pastor Hill was baptized as an infant at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Rockwall and confirmed at Tree of Life Lutheran Church in Garland, as well.
By J.J. Smith