After courting for over two years and a nine-month engagement, Donald and Phyllis were married on September 12, 1981 at their church in Scotch Plains, NJ. Not long after, in October 1983, Donald was called to pastor the Second Baptist Church (now Cathedral International)
Bishop Hilliard also participated in the conference as a facilitator where he provided a workshop entitled “Safe Harbor at Home: How Fathers Can Develop Effective Parenting Skills that Build a Safe and Secure Family.” Based upon his popular book of the same name, the workshop is a faith-based call to parental responsibility in the family and the community.
The National Fatherhood and Families Conference, now in its fifteen year, offers a breadth of resources that make a difference in the life of a child, mother, father, and family! The conference engages everyone from practitioners to parents, and provides workshops, education credits, and plenary sessions that inspire all those working to help strengthen families and positively impact child-well-being. For more information on the conference, go to www.fathersandfamiliescoalition.org.
Donald Hilliard Jr. is celebrating thirty years as Senior Pastor of Cathedral International, one church in three locations in Perth Amboy, Plainfield, and Asbury Park, New Jersey. The Root Magazine recently named him as one of the country’s top 20 black preachers. Pastor Phyllis Hilliard is involved in numerous ministries at Cathedral International. They have three daughters, Leah Joy Alease Hilliard, Charisma Joy Denise Hilliard, and Destiny Joy Hilliard-Thomas;