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Rev. Tom Hamilton


His favorite passage of scripture is Psalm 37:1-2:

“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity, for they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”

Pastor Tom Hamilton, Jr. is the second son born to the late Tom Hamilton, Sr. and the late Sarah Maltie-Hamilton. He is a life long resident of the central Louisiana town Colfax in Grant Parish. He has been married to Lucille Felton-Hamilton for 55 years. They have seven children, eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Rev. Hamilton has been preaching the gospel for nearly forty years. He began his pastoral career at the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Colfax where he served 13 years. While serving at New Zion MBC, he was called to pastor the Sunlight Baptist Church in Pineville, La where he served 7 years. In 1987, Rev. Hamilton was called by God to pastor the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church where he has labored 25 years. Under his leadership the church has grown spiritually and numerically. 


Pastor Hamilton success has not been limited to the religious field but also the business, political and civic arenas. His entrepreneurial exploits include 46 years as a self employed Cement Finishing sub-contractor; the business continues to thrive through his sons and grandsons. Rev. Hamilton was the first elected African-American Police Juror in Grant Parish and currently the longest serving Juror at 29 years and counting. He was the first African-American to run for Mayor in 1978 but lost in a runoff. However, his son, Gerald Hamilton would become the first African-American Mayor in 2006. He has served on numerous boards and currently serves on the Federal Prison Board in Pollock, La. He is one the most sought after leaders in the Central Louisiana.


Pastor Hamilton is man of prayer and continuously exhorts his congregation to maintain an active prayer life. He can often be heard saying, “Church we need to pray!”

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