Life at The Hill
Hill Chapel CME Church
Pastor C. John Ford, Jr
Rev. Clarence J. Ford, Jr. serves as Sr. Pastor of Hill Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has been in ministry for over 22 years. Pastor Ford’s ministry began at Christian Chapel CME under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Jerome E. McNeil, Jr. Pastor Ford served there as the Assistant Pastor for 5 years. In that time Pastor Ford organized and developed Christian Chapel’s outreach ministries, the effects of which are remaining today. While serving at Christian Chapel Pastor Ford was recognized by the Belo Corporation for his contribution to the steering committee on the development of the religious section of the Dallas Morning News. He was also acknowledged for his work with the Dallas County Youth Detention Center as well as for his leadership with the Dallas Area Community of Churches Justice for the Homeless Task Force.
Prior to his assignment to Hill Chapel, Pastor Ford served as the organizing Pastor of Curry Temple CME and as Sr. Pastor of Carter Temple CME. At Carter Temple Pastor Ford lead the congregation in a complete restoration of their worship facility and completed the project debt free. Through his leadership Hill Chapel completed the task of retiring its debt and continues to increase its capacity through the acquisition of real estate and the development of moderate housing for families. Since 1995 Pastor Ford has lead each of the congregations that he has served to develop a prophetic women’s ministry. Under the banner of ‘Just Between Sistas’ this ministry conducts empowering spiritual growth classes as well as an annual women’s conference that has reached women in over 5 states and 2 foreign countries. Pastor Ford was selected by the leadership of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University to chair the standing committee on ‘Race, Gender, and Ethnic Concerns’. As chair, Pastor Ford developed a plan and process for recruiting minority women to serve as associate professors and for mentoring them to full tenured status.
Pastor Ford is a graduate of Texas College, in Tyler, TX. He holds a Master of Church Ministry with a focus in Urban Ministry from Perkins School of Theology. He was also awarded a post-graduate fellowship and MBA Certification from Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business.
Pastor Ford has two sons, Jordan Adele Ford, (23), who is studying at the University of North Texas, and Jared Alexander Ford, (21), who attends Richland Community College. He is joyfully married to Mrs. Dawn Jillian Ford.
Hill Chapel is blessed to be served by Pastor C. John Ford, Jr.
Pastor Ford can be reached at the following: