Junior Hill was an iconic Southern Baptist evangelist known for his widespread ministry across the South. At 87, Hill passed away peacefully at his Hartselle home after leading over 1,800 revivals during 68 years in ministry, leaving an indelible mark on many lives along his journey as detailed by his autobiography: They Call Him Junior.
What Was Junior Hill’s Ministry Like?
Junior Hill was known for his devotion to both evangelism and pastoral care in his ministry, beginning his full-time journey as an evangelist traveling evangelist in 1967 after serving 11 years as pastor in Hartselle, Birmingham, Mississippi, Hartselle again, Birmingham again and Mississippi again. Hill’s approach was deeply informed by personal experience and convictions–he often recounted being fired from one Mississippi church due to advocating racial inclusivity as being his turning point.
Hill was deeply shaped by this experience, ultimately dedicating over two decades of ministry preaching at over 40 churches every year across America and Canada. His message of inclusivity transcended race and socioeconomic barriers – his dedication to spreading the Gospel made him beloved among both pastors and congregants alike.
What Recognition Did Junior Hill Receive?
Junior Hill earned widespread praise throughout his ministry for his Christian works. In 1989, he was selected as first vice president at the Southern Baptist Convention in Las Vegas – a testament to his influence and respect within his denomination – before preaching at Los Angeles Pastors Conferences twice more as evidence of this status as an influential evangelical voice.
Hill was honored in 2021 with the inaugural Fred Wolfe Lifetime Pastoral Ministry Award – named for Cottage Hill Baptist Church’s former pastor at Mobile. This accolade honored Hill for his decades-long devotion and contribution to pastoral ministry as well as impact in Southern Baptist community. Sadly, Fred Wolfe, who spoke so highly of Hill’s powerful evangelistic voice passed away three years before Hill’s own passing away on January 3, 2023.
How Did Junior Hill Impact Others?
Junior Hill made an immeasurable mark beyond pulpits and revival meetings, becoming known for serving as “pastor to pastors,” an influence shaped by his experiences – particularly that in Mississippi – as an influential “pastor-to-pastors”. Junior’s approach to ministry encompassed not just preaching sermons but also offering guidance and support to fellow ministers.
His autobiography provides insight into his personal trials and triumphs, providing readers with an intimate portrait of a life dedicated to religion and helping others. Hill left behind an indelible mark by mentoring many pastors as well as inspiring congregations worldwide with his unwavering faith, resilience, and devotion to spreading Gospel truths. His legacy will always live on.
What is Junior Hill’s Legacy?
Junior Hill will leave behind an indelible mark on both Southern Baptists and beyond. Through his tireless evangelistic work, championing of racial inclusivity principles and mentoring of pastors he cemented himself firmly within American evangelical history.
Junior Hill leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years Carole and two of their three children as well as five grandchildren to mourn his passing; funeral arrangements will be handled by Peck Funeral Home of Hartselle. Junior’s legacy will continue to influence future pastors and believers – cementing him in history as one who truly lived out their faith.