Hills receive the Certificate for Exceptional Service award

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Majors Gerald and Suzanne Hill honored for 25 years of post-retirement ministry at Portland ARC.

Majors Gerald and Suzanne Hill received The Salvation Army Certificate for Exceptional Service award Sept. 25 at the Portland (Oregon) Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), recognizing their 25 years of post-retirement ministry at the center. The honor—one of the Army’s highest—is awarded by National Headquarters. Commissioner David Hudson, National Commander, signed the Hills’ certificate.

 “I have had the privilege of working with the Hills for at least a decade,” said Cascade Divisional Commander Major Nancy Dihle. “They are godly people, quietly working to influence people for the kingdom. It is an honor to celebrate their 70 years of service.”

Major Jack Phillips, who currently leads the ARC with his wife, Anna, officiated at the award ceremony.

Phillips explained how Gerald Hill showed up for work at the Portland ARC at age 65, having just completed 45 years of active service as a Salvation Army officer. He started out as a counselor and eventually became the ARC Chaplain.

“Major Hill would have you believe that the only reason he was hired was so we could get Major Suzanne to play the piano,” Phillips said. “I’m not saying that’s true, but I’m not denying it either.”

Over the next 25 years, the Hills became beloved members of the Portland ARC family.

“By some estimates, Major Hill has prayed with more than 5,000 beneficiaries, many of them multiple times,” Phillips said. “He has assisted with more than 2,500 chapel services, filling the pulpit on many of those occasions, and every time accompanied by Major Suzanne on the piano.”

Hill led the men in Bible studies and inspired their singing, saying, “It’s amazing what praising can do.”

He joined the men on outings, including trips to the park to play softball up until just a couple of years ago.

“Major Hill is passionate and compassionate, determined and soft-hearted,” Phillips said. “He is faithful and has boundless energy, is quick to laugh and, as all of us here know, is completely obsessed with leading men to Christ.”

Hill was speechless after receiving the award.

“I have no words,” he said. “And that is unusual. It has been a great honor to serve here at the center.” 

Dihle closed the ceremony with a prayer of thanks and dedication for the Hills. 

The Hills’ son, Colonel Edward Hill, currently serves as Chief Secretary in the Canada and Bermuda Territory, with his wife, Shelley, who is Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries.

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  1. Pegi Lee Ackerman

    September 29, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I had the privilege to serve under Major and Mrs. Hill, as Corps Assistant,along with my four children. They were so caring in all they did for us. I served with them for two years………………..God Bless the Hills………….

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