April 6, 2019
Brookhaven wesleyan church
Mike Hilson is the Lead Pastor at New Life Church in La Plata, Maryland. Mike grew up in North Carolina where he met his wife, Tina. They moved to La Plata in 1999 to pastor New Life Church, which has grown from a congregation of less than 100 attendees into several churches and video venues. The New Life Network now averages more than 5,000 in attendance across Maryland and Virginia.
Mike currently serves as District Superintendent of the Chesapeake District of The Wesleyan Church, and he is a member of the General Board of Administration. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Southern Wesleyan University, his alma mater.
Mike and Tina have three sons, Robert, Stephen, and Joshua, who have taken this journey of ministry with them. They are big fans of UNC at Chapel Hill Tarheels, Carolina Panthers, and the Clemson Tigers. The Hilson family has expanded to include daughter-in-law, Amanda, and their first grandchild, baby girl Nora.
Books by Mike Hilson include Napkin Theology, Speak Life, A Significant Impact for Christ, Heart of a Leader: Moses, and a series of books called Coffee with the Pastor.
My name is David Smith. My wife calls me David, everyone else calls me “Dave.” I’m Professor of New Testament and Church Ambassador at Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, I am Pastor of the Ministry Development Program at College Wesleyan Church (Marion, Indiana), where I help develop young pastors in their first ministry position. Before this, I was the VP and Academic Dean at Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick.
For the last 37 years, I have been married to the most wonderful woman I know, Angie. She is a home-maker and a discipler of young women. We have two children, Joshua (married to Laura) and Hannah (married to Brian), 4 beautiful granddaughters and a golden retriever named Chloe.
I was educated at Asbury University (BA), Asbury Theological Seminary (MA, MDiv) and Durham University (Phd). I am passionate about the Gospels and Paul’s letters. I have also have done extensive study and teaching in the Hebrew Bible. My wife and I have traveled extensively around the world teaching and doing leadership development. Most passionately, we have been working in local Church-based Community Development in Malawi Africa. We have recently started a new ministry called True^North. It’s a holistic local church Disciple-Making program centered around people reading, understanding and applying the Scriptures both individually and in Community.