Rev. Dr. Toussaint King Hill Jr., cousin of MLK

The Rev. Dr. Toussaint King Hill Jr., nephew of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., cousin to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and recently retired senior pastor of the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church of Atlanta, passed away quietly at home Oct. 27, following a long valiant battle with cancer.

A celebration of life service was livestreamed on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Hill, a native of Detroit, served as the pastor of West Hunter Street Baptist Church, formerly pastored by noted Civil Rights activist and best friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. Hill pastored there from 2006 until his retirement last month. He also served as pastor of Baptist Temple Church in Pittsburgh, and as an assistant pastor at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Baptist Church of Atlanta

Hill was the retired senior pastor of the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church of Atlanta.

Hill was a 1981 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta. He graduated from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary of Evanston, Illinois, with a master of divinity degree. He received a doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, as a Cornel West, Jeremiah Wright and Molefi Asante scholar.

Hill was an armed forces veteran who served his country as a U.S. Air Force chaplain.

At the time of his retirement, Hill delivered a message about healing and forgiveness, “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” a testament to his profound and practical preaching.

Hill is survived by his wife, Laurel Hord Hill, his two sons, Toussaint King Hill III (Miranda) and Thaddaeus Kornell Hill, and his granddaughter Eden Elizabeth Hill. He will be remembered for his contributions as a preacher, teacher, dedicated thought leader and community activist.