Faith Leader & Bereavement
Subject Matter Expert
The Reverend Dr. M. Luther Hill is an experienced, innovative faith leader and long-time mental health advocate, with more than four decades of service and leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church. Dr. Hill is also a certified Pastoral/Bereavement Counselor and guided by a comprehensive assessment, he, and his team plans, directs, organizes, and coordinates a full range of support services including individualized bereavement plans of care and bereavement counseling.
M. Luther received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN; a Master of Divinity from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC; a Master of Education from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
As a member of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Health Disparities Committee, Dr. Hill’s extensive advocacy of mental health is a significant asset, contributing toward the goal of overcoming health disparities as a means for people to reach their potential.
As a member of an international Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical Christian group that collectively addresses issues of concern to a cross section of churches, Dr. Hill is engaged in suicide prevention training for faith leaders.
Dr. Hill is an inspiring leader with formidable team building and communication skills. His innovative leadership led to the establishment of several service-oriented ministries including campus college ministry at Eastern Carolina University, community outreach ministries to address mental health, as well as extensive multimedia and music ministries.
Dr. Hill has a heart for people and seeks to advance causes that address emotional and behavioral issues and leads projects that empower people. His initiative, Empowered to Prosper: Ministry to the Least of These, is a holistic ministry that serves to break the cycle of poverty while working with persons who are disenfranchised, economically disadvantaged, underemployed, and vulnerable to suicide. It focuses on an unique design to prevent homelessness, and rapidly re-house those without shelter. Collaboration with other private and public partners of like mind and similar interest maximizes outcomes by providing wrap-around services, building sustainability, and restoring a sense of dignity and self-sufficiency among those they serve. This statement written by M. Luther sums up his life of service: “In this world there are great divides that separate us on many levels, including race, ideology, religion, politics, and gender. My life seeks to bridge these divides as I have been taught to treat all people equally and with respect.”
Dr. Hill is a sought-after speaker on an international circuit with lectures in South Africa, Zimbabwe, London, Brazil, South Korea, India, and Angola.