Our Story

How it all started...

Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church is a body of Christ's baptized believers, acknowledging him as the head, united in the belief of the gospel, agreeing to maintain its ordinances and obey its precepts; rules and regulations as established by the body itself. Meeting together for worship with one common object: to give vent to the Holy Spirit, to accept the teachings of Christ, and to do what he has commanded. The church experienced five developmental periods during a span of over one hundred years and five pastors.
The Founder: Reverend William Harris organized Hill Chapel in 1907 in a two-room "shotgun" house. He  died eight years later.

The Establisher: Reverend I. H. Jenkins was elected to the Pastorate of Hill Chapel in 1915. He established a church expansion project to enlarge and remodel the church. He served for twenty-seven years until his death.

The Builder: Reverend E. L. Slay became the third pastor of Hill Chapel in 1942. The membership grew rapidly during his tenure and the church affiliated with local, state and national Christian organizations. The church moved into a new $65,000 edifice on July 6, 1952. In 1972, the church completed a $100,000 annex. He pastored for thirty-five years until his death in 1977.

The Organizer: Reverend J. L. Armstrong was elected as the fourth pastor on August 21, 1978. With a varied background in Baptist tradition and as a dynamic organizer, he created many new programs and reorganized others. He pastored  until  May 20, 1984.

The Revitalizer: On Monday, May 28, 1984, Reverend Robert Earl Jones, was elected by the church in its entirety, to the position of Interim Pastor. On July 11, 1984, Rev. Robert Earl Jones, a son of Hill Chapel was elected as the church's fifth pastor, and preached his first sermon as pastor on July 15, 1984. At the young age of 26, Rev. Jones accepted the  responsibility to pastor at the church where he was raised, baptized, licensed  and ordained.

Expanding the vision...

In 2017, Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church elected it's 6th Pastor in 111 years.  Robert C. Jones Jr. is a native of Memphis, TN.  His life is dedicated to living by example and encouraging men, women, boys and girls to live a fulfilled life in Jesus Christ. Pastor Jones has over three decades of teaching, preaching and counseling, which enables him to reach others with humor, warmth, transparency and strength. He is a husband, father, teacher, conference speaker, evangelist, role model, mentor and servant.  He is known as a Teacher of Teachers and Preachers of Preachers.  

Where are we headed...

To all who are facing and fighting through the new reality of our existence....The hymn writer sings the warrior’s national anthem "Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me... make me, mold me....use me". With a fresh filling, the Holy Spirit will confront, convict and comfort. He will motivate you in spite of obstacles. He will bring calm in the midst of storms, warn you of impending danger and lead you to truth.

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