Bro. Sanford Hill, a native of East Tennessee, placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord at age 11. “Although I knew who Jesus was in my mind for most of my life,” he said, “I came to a place that I understood that faith in Jesus was a matter of the heart.” That decision to place his faith in Jesus as his Savior and the commitment he made to serve the Lord has been the mainstay, and guiding force, of his life. After graduating from college he taught Industrial Arts at the college level for 9 years before surrendering to God’s call to be a pastor. He has served 4 churches as pastor since graduation from seminary in 1993. His love for using his mind to design and his hands to build and construct have contributed greatly to his approach to ministry. He believes very strongly in the practical application of God’s Word to all of life. His desire as a pastor is to proclaim the Word of God with passion and to be a servant to others. His personal motto is “Seeking to Abide and Obey!”
Bro. Sanford’s wife Debbie is a Special Education teacher at Tulley Elementary School. They have two sons.. Bro. Sanford and Debbie have been a part of the church family at Poplar Level Baptist since January 2012. His personal description of Poplar Level Baptist Church is, “they are one of the most loving, and most servant oriented, churches I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. We serve a great God, and we are praying for Him to do great things in, and through, Poplar Level Baptist Church!”
Rev. Tom Dillard, Minister of Music
Tom was born and raised in Springfield, MO. Being a talented musician and singer, he majored in music in college. Tom then attended seminary and served for 39 years as Pastor of Hopewell Presbyterian Church. He now joins the family of Poplar Level Baptist Church as minister of music. Tom serves as the full-time chaplain for the Jeffersontown Fire and Police Departments and is also also the leader of a rock & roll band called “Street Heat”. Street Heat a group of police officers who travel throughout the region encouraging young people to say “NO” to drugs and violence. Tom both sings and plays the saxophone for this group. He also plays professionally in several local Big Band groups. Tom loves ministry and sharing fellowship with others. Poplar Level Baptist is blessed for having he and his family as a part of our church family.