Centenary United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 18, 2014
REV. SOLOMON P. HILL
On July 1, 2005, Reverend Solomon P. Hill assumed the pulpit of Centenary United Methodist Church, Youngstown, Ohio. Prior to this appointment, Solomon served as past or of North Hill United Methodist Church, Akron, Ohio for four years.
Solomon was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Reverend and Mrs. H. Solomon Hill. His Father was a Pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. While in Elementary School his family moved to Oakland, California.
After graduating from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, Solomon taught Mathematics at Chicot County High School in Dermott, Arkansas. After teaching one year, Solomon entered the U.S. Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. While in the Marine Corps Solomon commanded units from a 45 man Platoon to a Battalion of over 2500 men and women. Solomon served two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam and during his last tour he served as the Commander of a Reinforced Infantry Company in combat operations against the Viet Cong. His last assignment in the Marine Corps was as a United States Delegate to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), where he voted on behalf of the United States.
After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Solomon joined Marriott International, Incorporated where he worked in various executive capacities in Washington, DC; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia and Cleveland, Ohio. His last position was as the Director of Human Resources at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center. In 1998 he introduced “Pathways to Independence,” a welfare-to-work program, to Cleveland that successfully helped over 250 participants gain full-time employment within the Marriott Corporation. The program received awards from the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio. While with Marriott, Solomon served three years as Chairman of the Private Industry Council of Cleveland and was a member of the Business Advisory Committee for the Cleveland Jobs and Workforce Initiative. Solomon left Marriott in January 2000 to attend seminary on a full-time basis.
While pastor of North Hill United Methodist Church, Solomon served as a member of the Board of Directors for the North Akron Neighborhood Center Association and the Board of Trustees for Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Solomon is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Community Center with sites in Warren and Youngstown, Ohio. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, The Military Officers Association of America and the Disabled American Veterans.
Solomon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri; a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Golden Gate University, San Francisco, California and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Solomon’s Awards include the Distinguished Chairman’s Award given by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland, a proclamation from the City of Cleveland designating July 25, 1995 as “Solomon P. Hill Day” and a proclamation of Recognition from the City of Cleveland dated January 28, 2000. Solomon holds the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal for service with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Navy Achievement Medal with Gold Star and Combat “V” for service in the Republic of Vietnam.
Solomon was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church on June 24, 2004.
Solomon and his lovely wife Mary have three adult children and three grand children.