Alumni News

In Memoriam: Jack Hill


With faith in Christ and hope in the resurrection, Jack Hill (M.Div.’84) fell asleep in the Lord on November 30, 2022. 

Jack Hill loved Christ and the Church, history, the civil war, guns and target shooting, picking on the guitar or banjo, fixing things, making things, solving problems, trains and trollies, animals, backyard squirrels and birds, children, astronomy, and traveling. He had two beautiful daughters through his first marriage and then his beloved son through his second.

Jack Hill was born on December 16, 1943, in Augusta Georgia. As a young man, Jack served in the Army Reserves and then the Air Force. When he left the military, Jack went to work at NASA in Texas, and was a Junior Field Engineer at Mission Control at the time they put a man on the moon.

After the NASA position, Jack worked in Florida with Southern Bell as a Sales Manager and then an Account Manager. While working as an Account Manager he decided to act on a lifelong calling to the ministry. This eventually took him to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY where he earned a Master of Divinity in 1984.

After graduation, he returned to Florida and was hired as Associate Director for Missions at the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), helping it grow from a small organization to a major focus operation.

In 1995, Jack applied for ordination to the priesthood; upon his ordination, he was assigned and served as a priest for the Greek Archdiocese for 11 years at St. Andrew’s Orthodox Church in Lubbock, Texas. During that time, he guided two young men to go to Seminary and both are now Orthodox priests in the States.

In retirement, Jack enjoyed many joyful years in Canada with his wife, Julianna (M.Div.’84). 

He is survived by his loving wife, Dianne Julianna Storheim; children, Danal Ruane (Kevin), Kelly Haven (Glen+), and John-Paul Hill; his grandson, Robert Hickey (Andrea Burnham); great-grandchildren, Kaydence, Robert Jr, Landon, and Remington; siblings, Michael Kilpatrick (Rae), Joan Stallworth (Barney +), and Laura Deragon; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

Jack was predeceased by his mother, Lena Belle Kilpatrick (nee Trader), father, Jack Donald Hill, step-Father, Lloyd Kilpatrick, and brother Kenneth David Hill.

May his memory be eternal!

Article adapted from