Rev. Dr. Donald Hilliard, Jr., appointed Distinguished Practitioner in Residence
December 20, 2018
BISHOP DONALD HILLIARD, JR. RETURNS TO NEW BRUNSWICK THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AS DISTINGUISHED PRACTITIONER IN RESIDENCE
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The New Brunswick Theological Seminary announces that Rev. Dr. Donald Hilliard, Jr., Senior Pastor of Cathedral International – The Historic Second Baptist Church in Perth Amboy, NJ, has been appointed as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.
In his new capacity at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Dr. Hilliard will facilitate a series of Courageous and Confidential Conversations among Clergy for the NBTS Center for Clergy Care. “New Brunswick Theological Seminary is elated to have Dr. Hilliard join our community as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.” says Rev. Micah McCreary, Ph.D., President and the John Henry Livingston Professor of Theology, New Brunswick Theological Seminary. The central task of this new initiative is to provide guidance, nurture, and development for area clergy. The program will focus on building lasting and supportive relationships between busy clergy persons. Dr. Hilliard will also teach a course entitled, “Issues of Pastoral Care and Contemporary Issues in Urban Ministry” in the Doctor of Ministry concentration in Prophetic Urban Ministry.
Dr. Hilliard said about this program, “I am excited about bringing the resources of the Cathedral Community Counseling Center into partnership with New Brunswick Theological Seminary to provide guidance, nurture, and development for area clergy. This past summer I was struck by the loss of yet another young pastor who lost his battle with depression/anxiety and took his own life. Clergy are in crisis. We are beginning a series of Courageous, Confidential Conversations among Clergy because our co-laborers need to know that they do not have to suffer alone.”
About Dr. Donald Hilliard, Jr., D. Min
Dr. Hilliard is the Founder and CEO of the Cathedral Community Development Corporation (CCDC), an umbrella organization providing a variety of outreach services. The focus of the Cathedral Community Development Corporation is to create enriching opportunities in the areas of education, social services, health services, housing, youth development, and economic development. Its mission is to proactively serve the critical needs of the surrounding communities and the church by providing faith-based, social services, and economic development opportunities.
Passionate about education, Dr. Hilliard is a former member of the Board of Trustees and Adjunct Instructor at NBTS, was the Pastor–Scholar in Residence at Palmer Theological Seminary, as well as a former member of the Board of Directors at Somerset Christian College, Somerset, NJ. He is the former Group Convener and Mentor of the Donald Hilliard Fellows Doctor of Ministry Program and visiting professor of Church Renewal at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ. In December 2012, Dr. Hilliard partnered again with Drew University Theological School as an Affiliate Associate Professor with the establishment of the Hilliard/Sweet Concentration as part of the Doctor of Ministry Program.
Hilliard has also had the honor of being invited as a visiting chapel preacher and lecturer at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL and Howard University in Washington DC; a former member of the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture National Working Group; and a member of the Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College in Oxford, England. In addition, Bishop Hilliard was the Former Lecturer in Black Preaching at Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA in 1984. Bishop Hilliard has also served The African American Pulpit, the leading academic periodical on black preaching, as an executive advisory board member and has been contributing writer to various publications, as well as serving as a 2002 Hampton Ministers Conference morning lecturer, and inducted into the Morehouse Board of Preachers.
Dr. Hilliard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern College (now Eastern University), St. Davids, Pennsylvania, the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, as a Dr. Samuel D. Proctor Fellow. He is also the recipient of various honorary doctoral degrees.
About New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Founded in 1784, NBTS is the oldest seminary in the United States. It is one of two seminaries affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA), and offers an exceptional seminary education, a flexible academic schedule, and a spiritually rich community for students of many Christian denominations and backgrounds. The Seminary offers Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees, as well as Professional Certificates to enhance the work and training of special ministers, church officers, and other Christian leaders. The seminary is located in New Brunswick, NJ, and operates a satellite campus at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. To learn more, please visit www.nbts.edu.