Pastor James Hilton:: Lead Pastor & Teacher
was born in Orlando and had the privilege of being raised in a home where his
father was a pastor.
attended church during his
childhood and accepted Christ at an early age, he
did not fully grasp the power of Christ and radically begin to follow Jesus until the age of 17.
During his college years, he served as a youth minister in two churches while completing a degree in Business Communications from the University of Central Florida.
In 1997, soon after graduating from UCF
amazing wife and sweetheart, Shana.
She is the love of his life and the incredible mother of their four children Josiah, twins, Halyn and Gracyn and Ansley, born in March of 2010.
fully committed to full-time ministry he
headed to Southeastern Seminary
to further his
James received a Master's of Divinity Degree with Biblical Languages then continued on to earn a PhD in Systematic Theology with an emphasis in ecclesiology.
During seminary James
had the privilege of leading several ministries, doing itinerant speaking ministry, and teaching on college level.
However, God continued to place a strong call upon his
heart to pastor a local church.
has felt that the primary means in which God transforms people and radically converts communities, is through the power of a local church.
Then in 2004, feeling led by God and unanimously called by God's people, James became Lead Pastor and Teacher at the Journey.
These past several years have been some of the most rewarding and exciting times in his
To be a part of a church that is beginning to treasure Christ above all things and take the power of the gospel message to a hurting world has been truly an amazing experience.
has seen God's miraculous hand as hundreds have come to know Christ and experience His
amazing love and joy.
It is because of these encounters that James
has an even deeper hunger to see God move even more in our church and community so that Jesus Christ will be glorified.
looks forward to what God is going to do through the Journey
in the future as we live to make Jesus Christ famous in West Volusia and see the gospel drop in thousands of people's lives.