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John Hill named new pastor of Wallingford church


John Hill

At the annual meeting of Union Congregational Church, Sunday, March 3, the congregation voted to welcome John Hill as its new pastor. An invitation Hill joyfully accepted, saying, “34 years ago, I lived in a world full of anxiety. My life was transformed when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and began doing God’s work. He has guided my life since then. I’m honored that God has brought the members at Union Congregational Church and me together and am excited about our future.”

Hill is completing the Southwest Association of the Vermont UCC’s pastoral preparation  program this June. Hill’s education includes an associate’s degree in animal science from SUNY Cobleskill, a bachelor of science in agricultural economics from UVM and a masters of science in agricultural economics from UVM. He has owned a small business, worked for Blue Seal Feeds, and in the insurance industry.

Hill lives in Benson with his wife, and two cats, is a native of Sunderland, Vermont and graduated from Burr & Burton.

Hill has been a vacation fill in lay minister at several churches in Bennington and Rutland counties, including Union Congregational Church. Hill currently serves as the treasurer of the Southwest Association, Vermont UCC and vice moderator of the Vermont UCC.

“We believe Pastor Hill’s biblical preaching style is a good fit for our Congregation and will help our church grow and serve more people in the community,” said spokesperson Heather Cleveland.

Pastor Hill begins serving Union Congregational Church on Sunday, March 24, 2024. Services are held at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to and encouraged to attend.

The Union Congregational Church is located at 4210 US 7 South, in Wallingford.

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