SOS: Tim Hill
Stories of Service: Tim Hill
Written by Pastor Bruce
Tim Hill's story of service is about one of our youngest Westwood members. As Westwood's oldest pastor I am proud and honored to share his story.
Tim, age 15, has been a visible worker around the church since he was in second grade when he began ushering, serving regularly not just on one crew but on two. He also is one of our crucifers (cross bearer) and acolytes (candle lighter). He has performed in two Westwood musicals, plays the trumpet in the Westwood Wind Ensemble, and helps pack food in our Kids Against Hunger event. And it's not just in church where you can see Tim doing outstanding service to others. He volunteers at his local public library and at the Twin City Marathon.
At school, besides being a great student, Tim participates in track, doing one and two mile distance events and in the fall is a member of the cross country team. I asked him why he liked distance running and he said, "Because of how good it feels when I finish." Tim also plays trumpet in Armstrong High School's Jazz Band.
You may wonder where Tim's spirit of service comes from and you won't have to look any further than his Dad and Mom, David and Dawn Hill. He says they introduced him as early as he can remember to regular worship, singing, liturgy, and listening to sermons. After worship they would quiz him to see how well he understood what took place. Actually, it was when he was in second grade, watching his dad ushering, that he asked if he could help. He also mentioned his Uncle Dave as someone who is an inspiration to him. Tim now sees how important it was for him to learn by example and sees himself as wanting to inspire others by his example.
This summer Tim is enjoying biking around the city on his 27 speed bike, playing summer baseball for the Armstrong-Cooper League, and training for the cross country team. His future plans are to go to college, get a business degree, and own a small business. Again, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Both his parents are bankers, interestingly working for competing banks. Table talk at the Hills often includes banking business and Tim says he has already learned "a ton of stuff".
I asked Tim why he volunteers to serve and he was quick with some answers. "I like knowing I'm helping and needed. Also, helping others keeps me from just sitting around all day doing nothing. It gets me out and around."