Pastor Bridget Hilliard
Bridget E. Hilliard was born the third child to the late O.C. and Jewell Harrison of Houston, Texas on March 12, 1956. On October 4, 1975, Bridget married Ira Van Hilliard. This dynamic couple co-founded New Light Christian Center Church (NLCCC) in September 1984 and the church was honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Churches in America. New Light Christian Center Church founded six locations in Texas with over 20,000+ members. The Austin location was sowed into the onsite Pastor and the name was changed in December 2016. The East location was remodeled into L.O.V.E. City USA in the summer of 2017; it is the only urban Christian campground of its kind in the country. The West location property was sold in February 2018; the members were merged into the north and south campuses. The ministry encompasses a nationwide television ministry, a credit union and an early childhood development center. The Hilliard’s are the founders of the Association of Independent Ministries (AIM). The AIM fellowship was established to Spiritually mentor other pastors and its current membership is 1,000+ churches nationwide.
On January 9, 2011, Pastor Bridget accepted her pre-destined elevation and was promoted to on-site Pastor of NLC Beaumont. For over two and a half years Pastor Bridget diligently led and taught the people of Beaumont to live out their creative purpose and enjoy a winning lifestyle. On September 29, 2013, Pastor Bridget passed the torch as the on-site pastor of NLC Beaumont and she became Pastor Emeritus. Currently, the on-site pastors at the Beaumont campus are the Hilliard’s oldest daughter and son Pastors Terry and Tina Egans.
Pastor Bridget is the author of many relevant, encouraging and thought-provoking books that have truly enhanced each reader’s relationship and walk with God. Her bestselling book “The 30th Anniversary Edition of My Thoughts on Victorious Confessions” continues to encourage readers to put pressure on their mouths to speak God’s Word in every situation and win in life!
In January 2018 after 10 years of mentoring his daughter, Apostle Hilliard appointed his successor Dr. Irishea Hilliard as the Sr. Pastor of New Light Church. After 33 years of founding and pastoring New Light Church Apostle Hilliard and Pastor Bridget Hilliard have now fully embraced the Evangelical division of New Light.
Sharing over 90 part-time and full-time employees to assist the church and Evangelical division, Pastor Bridget is committed to creating and cultivating an authentic church experience that glorifies God and exceeds all expectations. Her unwavering compassion for people along with her faithfulness to build into God’s people, PURPOSE, POWER, and PRAISE will continue yielding great results in the Kingdom of God.
The Hilliard’s have committed to the parental oversight of three lovely daughters: Tina Hilliard-Egans, husband – Terry Egans; Irishea Hilliard; and Preashea Hilliard. The Hilliard’s are also very proud of their four grandchildren: Ira-Emanuel; Briona Janae; Ivan Harrison; and Jonathan Sean-Michael. All the children and grandchildren have been marked for ministry with all the adult children currently working in full time ministry with their parents.