Edward Victor Hill Sr. was an American pastor. He was senior pastor at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California from 1961 until his death in 2019. Under his leadership, the church became one of the largest African-American congregations in the United States.
Pastor E.V. Hill used to tell of a time he received threats about his preaching about that “white Jesus.” This was his reply:
“I don’t know anything about a white Christ – I know about Christ, a Savior named Jesus. I don’t know what color He is. He was born in brown Asia, He fled to black Africa, and He was in heaven before the gospel got to white Europe, so I don’t know what color He is. I do know one thing: if you bow at the altar with color on your mind, and get up with color on your mind, go back again – and keep going back until you no longer look at His color, but at His greatness and His power – His power to save!”
Editor’s Note: The above short story was found on Facebook, along with this beautiful comment by a reader…
“E.V. would speak often at Azusa Pacific College’s (APU now) Chapel services. All students were required to go to Chapel but when Pastor Hill was speaking that day no compulsion was needed. Believer and unbeliever alike.”
See Pastor Hill speak below… “Jesus said, ‘It is written!'”
Edward Victor Hill Sr. (November 11, 1933 – February 24, 2003) was an American pastor. He was senior pastor at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California from 1961 until his death; under his leadership, it became one of the largest African-American congregations in the US. A prominent figure within the wider Baptist movement, he also served as co-chair of the Baptist World Alliance and was closely aligned with fellow evangelists such as Billy Graham.