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Lead Pastor And Teacher
Paster James Hilton
James was born in Orlando and had the privilege of being raised in a home where his father was a pastor. Though he attended church during his childhood and accepted Christ at an early age, he did not fully grasp the power of Christ and radically begin to follow Jesus until the age of 17. During his college years, he served as a youth minister in two churches while completing a degree in Business Communications from the University of Central Florida.
In 1997, soon after graduating from UCF, James married his sweetheart, Shana. She is the love of his life and the incredible mother of their four children; Josiah, twins Halyn and Gracyn and Ansley. Once James fully committed to full-time ministry, he headed to Southeastern Seminary to further his education. He received a Master of Divinity degree with Biblical Languages, and then continued on to earn a PhD in Systematic Theology with an emphasis in ecclesiology. During seminary James had the privilege of leading several ministries, doing itinerant speaking ministry, and teaching on the college level. However, God continued to place a strong call upon his heart to pastor a local church. James has felt that the primary means in which God transforms people and radically converts communities is through the power of a local church.
Then in 2004, feeling led by God and unanimously called by God's people, James became the Lead Pastor & Teacher at the Journey. James has seen God's miraculous hand as hundreds have come to know Christ and experience His amazing love and joy. It is because of these encounters that James has an even deeper hunger to see God move even more in our church and community so that Jesus Christ will be glorified.