Elders and Deacons

Our Elders oversee the work of the congregation and guard the flock against false teaching & doctrine, and shepherd the congregation. Our Deacons serve the congregation and support it’s work, operations, and ministries. To contact an Elder, please click on their picture to send an email


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Edwin Davis, Jr.

Edwin "Ed" was born in Plant City, Florida and graduated from Marshall High School in 1964. He attended Gibbs and Saint Petersburg Junion College in Saint Petersburg, Florida before transferring and graduating from Florida A & M University (FAMU), Tallahassee, Florida , where he earned a degree in Accounting. After graduating from FAMU is began a career in Accounting, holding various positions before retiring in 2008 after 40 years from the Packaging Corporation of America, as the CFO for their Winter Haven Corrugated Box Plant.

In addition, he is also a Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker, and the owner of Davis Enterprise Rentals, LLC. He has served as an Elder here at Hilltop since 1992, where he has worked with the Church Finances as well as Educational Director.

He has been married to his high school sweetheart, the former Erma L. Vereen for the past 53 years. They have three sons, Edwin III, Ennis and Eric, along with 15 grandchildren. Ed and Erma enjoy traveling and have been to 37 of the 50 US states, with a goal of visiting all 50, if it is the Lord's will, as well as a number of foreign countries.

He feels fortunate to serve as one of the Elders of this congregation, and humbled that he and his family has been able to be a part of such a strong and loving congregation.

Bro Davis favorite scripture is Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

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Charles McMillian
Thomas Wright
Elder Emeritus


Ollie Burton, Jr.

Ollie J Burton Jr. was born in Atlanta, GA in 1950. His father Ollie J Burton, Sr. was a member of the Lord’s church as well as his mother Mozella Burton. He married his wife Lillie Burton in December 1971 and will soon celebrate 48 years of marriage. They have three children Donnie F. Curry (Step-son), daughters Veronique Baptist and Oliengra J. Burton, along with five precious grandchildren. Ollie graduated from Jewett High in 1968, attend Polk Community College graduating with an A.S. degree in Construction Technology. Ollie retired from the State of Florida Department of Transportation after 35 years of serve. Ollie has been a member of the church since 1980 and was baptized at the Second Street Church of Christ, Winter Haven, FL by Bro. T.L. King minister. Ollie has served as a Deacon for the Hilltop congregation for over 25 years, taught Bible class for over 20 years grades 7th thru 9th, and has served as the church worship coordinator for 25 plus years.

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Frank Major

Frank was born in the 1920s in Martin SC to Liver Poole and Anna Major, the youngest of twelve children. At an early age, Frank learned to raise livestock and grow crops by his father. Frank was 19 years of age when he moved to Florida. Frank settled in Lake Alfred, working at Growers Fertilizer as a Supervisor, his title was Scale Man. Frank was baptized at the Oakland church of Christ in Haines City Florida in the1960’s, where he and his family worshipped until they moved their membership to Pughsville Church of Christ in Winter Haven Florida Frank is married to Daisy Brown Austin, the widow of Brother James David Austin. In 1994, Frank Major was ordained as a Deacon during the time of Evangelist Eddie L. Harper as the Minister of the Second Street Church of Christ. The Second Street Church of Christ outgrew their location and later became the Hilltop Church of Christ on Ave T, which is now on Martin Luther King Blvd. Frank has always made it a practice of putting God first. Frank is a Patient man, a family man and a trailblazer, Frank is a committed soldier for Christ. Frank's favorite scriptures are John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalms. Today Frank is still a Deacon at the Hilltop Church of Christ, with his Flower “Daisy” by his side. Together they were blessed with eight children, fourteen grandchildren, and thirty-nine Great Grandchildren.

Willie Richard

Willie Richard Willie’s Christian journey began in 1985. He was baptized and immediately became involved in various church ministries which included van driver for meals on wheels, and ushering in worship service. Over the years he continued his growth as a Christian and became a Sunday school teacher. After years of spiritual growth, he became a Deacon and continues to serve the church in that capacity. Willie remains involved in a number of Church ministries.

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Gary Smith, Ed.D.

Dr. Gary Smith was raised in Pensacola, FL. He is retired military with over 23 years of service in the Army. He was baptized in 1993 at the WestSide Church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL.  While living in Tallahassee and attending college at Florida State University, Gary served for the next 10 years with the Paul Russell Road Church of Christ in Tallahassee. During his time with the saints in Tallahassee, Dr. Smith served as the Youth Director, and on occasion was requested to preach the Word there at Paul Russell Road, and at Springhill Road, a sister congregation. Dr. Smith is married to Shana Smith and have two adult children, Gary Jr, and Tiye. The family moved to Winter Haven, FL in 2002 and began worshiping at the Hilltop Church of Christ, formerly, Second Street COC. Dr. Smith currently serves as a Deacon and Assistant Director of Education. He  also served as the Youth Director from 2018-2020.

Robert Williams, Sr.       Deacon Emeritus

Robert Williams, Sr., also known as “Bobby,” was a dedicated servant of the Lord, who worked in the role of Deacon at Hilltop Church of Christ. His favorite Bible scripture was Psalms 46:1, which reminds us that God is our strength and protection. A native of Winter Haven, FL, Bobby was an active member of the Lord’s Church for many years. Until recent retirement, he served as the Youth Director of Hilltop Church of Christ for 31 years, preparing young people to be diligent in their Christian walk with God. Bobby enjoyed spending time with his family! Bobby has been married to Sara Williams for 44 years and they have 4 children, whom they are extremely proud of! They have 2 daughters, Chekena Thomas [Landon, Sr.] and Crissy Solomon [Gionte, Sr.]; 2 sons, Robert Williams, Jr. “Bobby” [Chantail] and Calvin Nelson [Dominique]. They also have 10 grandchildren who they love hanging out with! Bobby was a family man and had always stressed the importance of taking time out for loved ones! One of his favorite hobbies was fishing, especially with his wife, Sara. More than anything, Bobby wants us to know that he is a Christian striving to be more like Christ every day and is thankful for every chance he gets to positively influence someone and demonstrate what the Lord has done in his life!

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2101 Martin Luther King Blvd. NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881

Phone: (863) 293-1791
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