Cheryl Lynn Wofford Hill is known as a United Methodist pastor and legal advocate.
ALEXANDRIA, VA, May 18, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present the Reverend Cheryl Lynn Wofford Hill with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Hill celebrates many years' experience in her profession. Hill has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.
Having accrued more than 35 years of service to her communities, Hill is known as a United Methodist pastor and legal advocate. She attended Central Methodist College (CMC), now known as Central Methodist University, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music Education in vocal and instrumental music, K-12, with a lifetime teaching certificate in Missouri. The daughter of a minister, Hill was spiritual, but only first felt a call to ministry after hearing a college lecture advocating for the acceptance of women serving in pastoral roles. She subsequently matriculated at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, earning a Master of Divinity in 1987. Hill was ordained in the United Methodist Church, Deacon in 1985 and Clergy Elder in 1990. Hill earned a Juris Doctor degree at the Oklahoma City University School of Law (OCU Law) in 2001.
While in seminary, Hill served as the first woman president of the Seminary Singers, edited the Perkins Newsletter, and directed the Open Door Trilingual Preschool of the East Dallas Cooperative Parish. She was appointed by the Missouri West Conference as the pastor of United Methodist Churches between 1987 and 1998: Melrose and Wesley; Stewartsville Culbertson Chapel and Clarksdale; Deer Park Grace; Paul H. Linn Memorial; and Blue Eye. In 1998, Hill was appointed by the church to pursue a plan of continuing education at OCU Law. There she participated in ministries of the Redemption Church, a cooperative project of the church's Oklahoma Conference Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as a state-certified volunteer and as Volunteer Choral Director between 1998 and 2006. While still a law student, Hill was a co-founder of the Oklahoma City Volunteer Legal Center, an interdisciplinary project of OCU Law, Legal Aid, and the Oklahoma City Cooperative Urban Parish of Churches.
Hill added a legal component to her career in 2001 after admission into the Oklahoma Bar Association. As Director of Legal Ministries at Skyline Urban Ministry in the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, a position she held through 2007, she continued to serve the church. In addition, Hill worked as an attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma HIV/AIDS Legal Resource Project and as a Legal Aid family law attorney. Immediately following a sabbatical year and retirement in 2008, Hill began working as a Campus Minister to benefit students of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Hill was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 2009. Hill began a pro bono practice in partnership with Idaho Legal Aid Services and the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program from 2011 until 2017 when she retired from the Idaho State Bar. From January 2011 until May 2013, Hill volunteered on the staff of the Boise First United Methodist Church, known as the Cathedral of the Rockies, presiding over worship services at the invitation of the pastor. Hill's ministry focus was serving the needs of the poor.
A dedicated civic advocate, Hill has served on domestic violence shelter boards, state criminal justice commissions, and was a founding member of both campus ministry and legal service projects. Hill taught as an adjunct professor in the religion department at OCU between 1999 and 2001. Scholarly accomplishments include selection to the OCU Law Review as an editor, then election to the Board of Editors as Research Editor, receiving three distinguished awards. Hill's Note was selected for publication in OCU Law Review in 2002. Hill was the late Professor Judith Maute's co-author in a law review article published by UMKC Law Review. Hill has been a member of such other professional organizations such as the Phi Beta Fraternity, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Phi Delta Phi, and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court. Since 2017, Hill has studied martial arts at Potomac Kempo of Alexandria, Virginia. In 2019, Hill earned the rank of volunteer adjunct instructor. These volunteer hours are reported to the Service to America project of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hill remains an out-of-state member of the Oklahoma Bar Association.
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