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The Reverend Dr. Oliver Thomas (O.T.) Hill celebrated 40 years of faithful pastoral service to Beaverdam Baptist Church located in Enoree, S.C. On October 7-10, 2021, Dr. Hill was presented with the highest civilian honor in South Carolina – The Order of the Palmetto. A 1977 graduate of Morris College, he holds a master’s degree in divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
He has played a meaningful role in several public education activities in and for Greenville County, according to his profile. Former Lieutenant Governor Nick Theodore appointed him to serve on the South Carolina Education, Business, and Civic Partnerships, which had the goal of increasing business involvement in public education. Dr. Hill served for 18 consecutive years as a member of the Area Commission (Board of Trustees) for Greenville Technical College and assessed various academic programs at the institution as chair of the Education Committee. He has served on the Greenville County School District and assisted the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in identifying unemployed and underemployed minority college graduates and expanded opportunities to find meaningful careers in their chosen fields in Greenville County.
Dr. Hill has been involved in numerous civic engagements and drives throughout Greenville County, including voter registration, the NAACP, the Greenville Urban League, and the Baptist Ministers’ Fellowship of Greenville and Vicinity. In addition to his pastoral commitments, he is an assistant professor in the Division of Religion, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He is also the director of the college’s Ministerial Certificate Extension Classes which meet throughout the state. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
Dr. Hill, a Greenville native, is married to Elaine McBride. They are the parents of O. T. Hill, II, and Shanda Hill.