Doug Hilliard graduated from Southern Missionary College, now Southern Adventist University, on May 30, 1971. While he was attending college, he married Deborah Willson on August 10, 1969. Hilliard served the Collegedale Fire Department and planned to make firefighting his career. However, God had other plans, and Hilliard began denominational work on May 4, 1976, as an accountant for the South Dakota Conference.
During their time in Tennessee and South Dakota, the Hilliards had twin boys, Douglas and Duane, and a daughter, Desiree.
In 1981 when the Dakota conferences combined, Hilliard became the treasurer assistant of the newly formed Dakota Conference. After six years, he became treasurer, a position that he held for two years before accepting a call to the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference as treasurer.
Hilliard served the constituents of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference for nearly 28 years, retiring on December 1, 2017. When he accepted the position, the Conference was struggling financially and borrowing money to make payroll. Today, the Conference is in a positive financial position. When Hilliard is given credit, he is quick to say that it was all made possible through trust and faithfulness to God and listening to His guidance. Through his many years of service, he has been faithful, trusting, and dedicated first to the Lord, but also to many in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference.
Kentucky-Tennessee | December 2017