John 13:35 35) By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another."(ESV)
Rev. Mark J. Hill, Pastor of Cleaves Memorial CME Church, Denver CO., is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Mr. Ross Hill Jr., (deceased) and Mr. James Waugh and Rev. Dr. Uylee R. Hill Waugh, former pastor of Mount Olive CME in Orlando, Florida both now deceased.
Rev. Hill has always felt the Lord's hand on his life, and accepted the call to ministry in 1992. His early years in ministry were served in the 5th Episcopal District; Jacksonville/Orlando Region; Florida Annual Conference, under the leadership of Presiding Elders Harold Peterson (deceased) and Desi Echols, and Presiding Prelates, Bishop Richard O. Bass, (deceased), Bishop Paul A. Stewart, Sr., and Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III. Rev. Hill pastored the St. Paul CME Church in Gainesville, Florida. He has also served as Associate Minister of the Isom Memorial CME Church, Ocala Fl, and the Carter Tabernacle CME Church, Orlando, Fl., as Associate Minister/Director of Evangelism. While in Florida, he and his wife also served as Youth Counselors, implementing a program that is still going strong today, Teens Loving Christ (TLC)!
In 2003, Rev. Hill was transferred to the 3rd Episcopal District at the request of Bishop Paul A. Stewart Sr. to pastor the Cleaves Memorial CME Church. He is grateful to God for this opportunity, and though God has blessed the past 4 years, Mark knows that entering his 8th year, "eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, nor has it entered the heart of man, the thing which God has prepared" for the Cleaves Church! 1Corinthians 2:9.
Prior to the call to ministry, Rev. Hill served our United States Army for 7 years; He was recipient of numerous awards of excellence and outstanding leadership. He was honorably discharged in 1992 after having served in the Desert Storm War. His most memorable army experiences were the years spent in Honduras and on tour in Seoul Korea. Though, he didn't know it at the time, this was too ministry and God was calling him to an even greater work.
Rev. Hill's educational accomplishments include a high school diploma from St. James Catholic All Boys School in Chester PA. A Specialized Degree in Architectural Design from the American Institute of Design, Phila., Pa. and a Bachelor's of Arts in Religion from the Luther Rice University and Seminary in Lithonia Ga., and his Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Co.
Rev. Hill is also a gifted solo artist, having professionally recorded with the Carter Tabernacle Church, a single entitled, "I Found A Love", and being featured at the Walt Disney World's Annual Black History Concert opening for Bobby Jones Gospel in February 1998. While in the Pennsylvania area, he also sang with the renowned Earnest Davis Jr. and the Wilmington Mass Choir and his Swarthmore Upward Bound Choir. He also sang with a group call The Gents a male quartet, and under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Uylee R. Hill-Waugh, a powerful vocalist and artist,(professionally recording with, The Jenkins Singers, Kitty Parham Singers and the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation.) The Hill Singers was made up of Dr. Hill-Waugh, Ross, Roslyn, Mark and close family friends.
Rev. Hill is married to Mrs. Alesia C. Hill, and they are the proud parents of 3 children, Bobby Thomas, Jr., Alexis Monet and Mark Hill II. They have 1 grandson, Bobby Thomas III.
Rev. Hill's deepest compassion can be found in the Word of our Lord, Luke 4:18; "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised"..............Rev. Mark Johnathan Hill; Preacher, Psalmist, Pastor all to the Glory OF God!