Of all of the 500 plus AME pastors in SC, The Rev. Myron D. Hill, Pastor of Cypress Chapel AME Church, Abbeville was chosen as the Pastor of the Year by the Lay Organization of Seventh Episcopal District (State of SC) of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
The organized lay of the church is all non-clergy members.
In the AME Church, the 7th Episcopal District comprises the state of SC. SC is broken down into 6 regional bodies called Annual Conferences.
Each of the Annual Conferences chose a pastor of the year. To be considered for such an honor, members of a local church who are not officers submitted letters of endorsement for the pastor.
Three members of Cypress submitted letters expressing why they felt Pastor Hill should be honored as Pastor of the Year. Rev. Hill was the regional winner for the Piedmont SC Annual Conference.
Once the six conference winners were determined, a team of Lay Members from across SC reviewed letters and other credentials to select the overall winner of the state.
With stiff competition from the other five winners, Rev. Hill was chosen as the Pastor of the Year for AMEs in SC at the Lay Organization Annual Convention held at Allen University on June 4, 2019.
Rev. Hill is the 16-year pastor of Cypress Chapel AME Church, Abbeville, SC. A resident of Troy, and a native of Shulerville, he is the oldest son of Mrs. Mary W. Hill and the late Mr. David H. Hill of Shulerville.
Just last June, 2018, Hill was elected the Associate Director of Music and Christian Arts for the International AME Church.
Rev. Hill is a 1988 graduate of Macedonia High School, Moncks Corner, SC; a 1994 graduate of SC State University, Orangeburg, SC with a BA in History and a 2002 graduate of the Turner Theological Seminary on the campus of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, GA with a Master of Divinity degrees concentrating in Church Administration and Leadership. All of Rev. Hill pastoral career has been in the Piedmont (Upstate) Annual Conference, Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church. For the Annual Conference, Rev. Hill is the conference Music Director and serves as a member of the Conference Board of Examiners which trains new preachers for ministerial service. As member of the Board of Examiners, Rev. Hill is the Registrar and the Chair of the Admissions Class. Additionally, Hill is the Abbeville Greenwood Presiding Elder District Music Director. Also in the Upstate, Rev. Hill is the president and director of the Greenwood Area Martin Luther King, Jr., Mass Choir and serves as a member of the Greenwood Arts Council.
Rev. Hill’s reign as Pastor of the Year will end June 2020.