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February 26, 2003

Grieving, and Rejoicing

L.A. pastor E.V. Hill dies
Force in Baptist convention, Promise Keepers movement

Posted: February 26, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern

? 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

The Rev. E.V. Hill, longtime pastor of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, died yesterday after a bout with pneumonia and other undisclosed medical problems.

The Rev. E.V. Hill

Hill, 69, was hospitalized nearly two weeks ago and was listed in critical condition and in intensive care.

A force in the National Baptist Convention and a speaker at rallies around the country sponsored by Promise Keepers, an evangelical men's ministry, Hill stood out among prominent African American pastors in championing conservative political causes. He had been an adviser to several prominent Republicans including President Reagan.

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The first time I ever heard E.V. Hill was when James Dobson broadcast his sermon that he preached at his wife's funeral. First of all I was surprised someone would preach the sermon at their own wife's funeral. But, man, was that a powerful sermon. A few years later Rev. Hill preached an even more powerful sermon at a big Promise Keepers convention. I've tried to locate a tape of that sermon, but can't. Whe you listen to Rev. Hill you get that he was a very apolitical, sincere, man of God. He rubbed elbows with big names on the political Left and Right, but never politicized his involvement. His goal was higher than that. He kept focus on what his mission was, and didn't let ego or greed get in his way. We may be saddened that he's gone, but there's rejoicing in heaven as a hardworking servant finally comes home.

I hope I can enter heaven with just a fraction of the kind of life's work E. V. Hill entered there with.


Posted by Jack Lewis at February 26, 2003 08:22 AM