EUCC welcomes new pastor

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TELL CITY – Evangelical United Church of Christ recently welcomed their new pastor J.T. Hills and his family to the congregation.

Hills was born in Omaha, Neb., and grew up moving back and forth between his father’s home in Omaha and his mother’s home near San Francisco, Calif.
“While these cities are very different, I consider both places to be my hometown,” he said.
Hills attended Doane College in Crete, Neb., and majored in both English and history. After college, he worked for Wal-Mart for five and a half years in Colorado and California before he decided to go to seminary.
He graduated from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif., in May with a master of divinity. He began his duties at EUCC July 1 and it is the first church he has served in as pastor.
“I come from a family of ministers, including my mother, her parents and her grandparents. My grandfather was of particular influence in spurring me to enter ministry,” Hills said.
He and his wife, Kelse, have been married for five and a half years, and the couple have one son, Jay, born this past December.  
“We have felt a very warm welcome here in Tell City, both from the church and from the community,” Hills said. “We’ve enjoyed being able to walk around town and experience the uniqueness of the city, especially Schweitzer Fest. For us, moving to Tell City has felt like coming home, and we feel very happy and blessed to be here. I hope to bring that same feeling of comfort and love to my work at EUCC, and I hope that reflects into the wider community as well.”