Paul Hilliard

Paul Hilliard, Co-Director of College Ministry

Birthday: September 4th, 1973

Originally from: I have lived in Tennessee most of my life including Covington, Tullahoma and Knoxville.

Education background:  I received my bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee in Electrical Engineering in 1996.

Ministry background:  After working as an engineer in 1997 I joined the staff of CRU where my first two years were spent serving at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  In 2000 my family and I moved to Richmond, Kentucky were we planted and directed CRU at Eastern Kentucky University.  We left EKU in 2007 to plant the CRU ministry we currently lead in Chattanooga.  In the greater Chattanooga area there are 9 universities that are made up of 40,000 college students.  Our heart and passion is to help those students know Christ, grow in their relationship with Him and then send them to the world to win, build and send others for a lifetime.

Time at RBBC:  We have been serving at RBBC since moving to Chattanooga in 2007.  Our ministry has a unique partnership with RBBC as we seek to reach the college students of the city together.

My wife:  Janette and I met in Knoxville,TN in 1998 as I served on staff with CRU and she was completing her masters degree.  We first met at Calvary Baptist Church where she helped give leadership to the singles class and which I had the privilege of teaching.  She is the love of my life, my partner in ministry and thrives caring for and teaching our boys.

My men:  We have 4 boys who bring adventure, fun, and a tireless energy to our lives.  Sports, fishing and playing with Lego's make up much of our time together.  We have been so blessed with these sweet guys and love every minute spent with them.

My hobbies and other passions:  Golf, Fishing, Sports of any kind, Tennessee Football and watching Duck Dynasty and Sons of Guns

Favorite book of the Bible: Psalms in the Old Testament & Romans in the New Testament

Books that have impacted my walk with Jesus:  Desiring God - John Piper, The Master Plan of Evangelism - Robert Coleman, The Pursuit of God - AW Tozer

How can you pray for me? 

  • Life is usually full for me and my family, so balancing ministry, family and my own rest and interests is a challenge.  Pray not only for wisdom in how to balance these areas but also the strength and determination to do each well.
  • In regard to my personal devotion and ministry, pray that my life would be characterized by living and being empowered by God's Spirit that dwells in us as believers. 
  • Finally pray that my time in God's word would be rich and help me love and follow Christ, the ultimate treasure.