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Hilton and Petersen Join Board of Trustees

by Public Relations Staff

At its May 5 meeting, Cedarville University’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of James Hilton and Charles Petersen to its Board. The decision takes effect immediately.

Hilton, who earned his doctoral degree in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational communication from the University of Central Florida, is the lead pastor at The Journey in Orange City, Florida. He and his wife, Shana, have four children.

Petersen earned a master’s degree from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He currently serves as the project manager for Petersen Engineering in Brownsburg, Indiana. Petersen and his wife, Anita, have three children, all of whom graduated from Cedarville University.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,760 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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