The Reverend Duncan Hilton
St. John’s is delighted to announce the calling of the Reverend Duncan Hilton as its new priest. Duncan comes to St. John’s and the Diocese of New Hampshire on August 24th, 2020 after serving as Priest for Discipleship and Discernment at St. Michael’s in Brattleboro, Vermont since 2017.
At St. Michael’s, Duncan was commissioned to raise up leaders inside and outside the church to listen and follow their call through prayer and action. Out of a small group ministry he developed there sprung initiatives around praying the Daily Office, discernment and decision-making retreats, partnering with the Community Justice Center to support people transitioning out of prison, and beginning to create a L’Arche Community in Southern Vermont (an international network of communities that help care for people with intellectual disabilities).
Before arriving in Vermont and being ordained, Duncan worked for five years as Executive Director with the Leadership Development Initiative (LDI), where he trained Episcopal parishes in team-based leadership practices in order to help them launch local mission projects. He also worked as Training Director for Life Together, the Boston-based Episcopal Service Corps program, and as a Teaching Fellow with Professor Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School in his class, “Organizing: People, Power, Change.” Duncan’s career shifted from congregational ministry in the United Church of Christ, where he served as a minister for youth and children, to leadership and organizing through his experience in 2010 as Field Coordinator for the Promise Arizona campaign, which registered over 15,000 new voters in the state.
Duncan enjoys leading singalongs on guitar, gardening, and playing and watching sports. He and his fiancée Bethany live in South Londonderry, Vermont.