Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
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My name is Eric Hill and I have been serving as a local pastor for the United Methodist Church since 2015. My family is originally from south Georgia and I have lived in Western North Carolina since 1979. For most of my life I have grown up in the mountains and rivers. I graduated from Pisgah High School in 1993, joined the United States Army in November of 1993, and married my high school sweetheart, Keri Rhinehart Hill, in August of 1994.
After serving active duty at Fort Bragg, NC for only a couple of years, I left the Army and we moved back to the mountains. I bounced from job to job. My son, Austin, was born in May of 1997. My daughter was born premature in August of 2000. I loved being a husband and father, but just couldn't seem to find my place.
Following 9/11 I reenlisted into the Army Reserves. I was assigned to a Reserve unit in Knoxville, TN and in February of 2003 I was attached to the 926 Engineer Brigade in Montgomery, AL where I was deployed to Mosul, Iraq. I returned home in March of 2004 as an unbeliever. I had walked away from my faith in God. I stayed with the 926 and was deployed a second time in 2008.
After returning on Valentine's Day of 2009, I found my way back to God and the Church. After working as a carpenter for five and a half years, I answered the call to preach. It wasn't that I couldn't find my place in the world or the work force, it was just that I hadn't slowed down long enough to ask God what He wanted me to do. God is good all of the time, if we'll just quit running long enough to listen.
We are currently with two wonderful congregations. I am serving Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Candler, North Carolina, and also Rockwood United Methodist Church in Canton, North Carolina.
These two congregations have not only helped me grow as a pastor, but also as just Eric Hill.