Interim PastorThe Reverend Dwight D. Gill
A native of Louisburg, North Carolina. Rev. Gill has over 30 years of ministerial leadership experience. He has spearheaded the creation of numerous key ministries, Christian education programs, empowerment conferences for both men and women, fun-focused religious enrichment classes for children, and community outreach initiatives.
Rev. Gill accepted his calling to Christian ministry in 1982. He was ordained by the Middle Baptist Association in Henderson, North Carolina. In 1987, he became Pastor of Cedar Rock Baptist Church where he served until 1993. In August of 1993, Rev, Gill became pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange.
Rev. Gill has developed several training programs and policies related to leadership development and organizational management for churches. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he has completed coursework at New Brunswick Theological Seminary towards a Master of Divinity degree in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
A distinguished Bible expositor and gifted speaker, Rev. Gill is much sought after as a preacher, teacher, retreat leader and revivalist. He has preached and taught throughout the United States, in the Caribbean Islands and in Africa. Along with his demanding speaking engagements, he still finds time to fulfill one of his “bucket list” passions, volunteering as a global missionary.
Rev. Gill believes that the church’s mission needs to extend beyond the walls of the sanctuary if we are to share the Word of God to everyone including our brothers and sisters in other countries.
Rev. Gill retired as Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange after serving for 25 years. He was the longest serving pastor in the 40-year history of the church. Under Rev. Gill’s extraordinary leadership and incredible vision, New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange experienced tremendous growth as its membership grew from 500 to nearly 2,000, tithing significantly increased and ministries expanded from 9 to almost 30.
Rev. Gill’s additional achievements include devising a Five-Fold Ministry Program (Discipleship, Worship, Fellowship, Evangelism and Outreach); pioneering NFL Sunday and increasing men’s attendance by 50%; and establishing strategic partnerships for joint ministry locally and internationally. Rev. Gill also developed several new church initiatives including: Doing Activities with Daughters & Sons (D.A.D.S.), Backpacks for the Homeless, Vehicle Winterization for Women, Saturdays for Seniors, Back to School Supplies Drive, Lay Counseling, New Hope News Team, Pastoral Visitation Team, Men’s Intensive Bible Study, and programs and activities for couples, young adults and teens.
Rev. Gill continues in his Christian ministry through teaching, preaching and loving God’s people. Most recently he has committed to facilitating the development and growth of churches and church leadership through shared learnings, workshops, conferences, and retreats.
Rev. Gill is the proud father of three daughters, Joy (Rickey Smith), Ashley and Morgan and an even prouder grandfather of four grandchildren, Hope, Faith, Grace and Elijah.