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Dr. James Hilton of The Journey Church will speak in chapel January 29-30.

Pastor of The Journey Church Returning to Chapel

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer

James Hilton

Dr. James Hilton, lead pastor and teacher at The Journey at First Baptist in Orange City, Florida, will speak in chapel at Cedarville University on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 21-22. Chapel begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

After growing up in a pastor’s home, Hilton attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando to study business communications. While in college, he served as a youth minister.

Hilton committed his life to full-time ministry after graduation and continued his education at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, receiving a Master of Divinity in biblical languages and a doctorate in systematic theology with an emphasis in ecclesiology.

Hilton continued to lead ministries during his time in seminary but knew that he wanted to pastor a local church.

In 2004, Hilton became the lead pastor and teacher for the Journey. Since then attendance at the church has risen from 100 people to 1,000 people.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 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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