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July 22, 2018
Our Pastor
 
                                          
     Rev. Dr. Hugh B. Hamilton was born on the island of St. Vincent and raised in Trinidad, West Indies.  His formal education from age 10 to his first degree was completed in Trinidad.  He is the sixth child of his parents.  His siblings and other members of his family reside in St. Vincent, Trinidad, Canada and the United States.  He is the father of two children.
     He was educated at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus where he earned a BA and the United Theological College of the West Indies also in Jamaica where he earned a Diploma in Ministerial Studies.  As a student pastor in Jamaica, he served in May Pen, Montego Bay, Mount Ward, St. Elizabeth and Lucea.  He also served in Barbados, Guyana and St. Martin during three different summers.
     He completed the Master of Divinity at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in 2002.  In 2008 he completed the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, Massachusetts.
     After serving his probationary years in the Tobago Circuit, he was ordained a Presbyter in full connexion in the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) on January 22, 1995 in St. Lucia.  He was the fulltime pastor of congregations in Tobago 1992-1995 and Trinidad 1995-1998.   With permission of the MCCA, he served the Woodmere, Lawrence and Inwood United Methodist churches in New York from 1998 - 2001.  In 2001, his membership was transferred to the New York Annual Conference, he was appointed to North United Methodist Church, Hartford, CT in July.   He loves the Lord and loves people.  He has celebrated 16 years of pastoral responsibilities  at North.
     In addition to the academic credentials listed above, Rev. Hamilton is the holder of the Dorr Diefendorf Award for excellence in homiletics presented by Drew University Theological School.  He also holds the Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry Studies from the Boston Theological Institute. Pastor Hamilton is the father of two children, Joel and Josianne Hamilton.