Dr. Aaron Merritt Hills (1848-1935)

Dr. Aaron Merritt Hills (1848-1935) was a congregationalist minister, and prolific author, and was influential in the Holiness Movement. Hills graduated with a B.A. from Oberlin College in 1871, and then enrolled in Yale University in the same year graduating in 1874. Hills helped sponsor revival meetings with D. L. Moody for several years. He also helped Richard Reader Harris, an Anglo-Israel preacher, and Dr. George Sharp set up revival meetings that would help spread the Holiness Movement in Britain. He held teaching positions at seven holiness colleges, and in 1889 he became the professor of Bible and Theology at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. In 1899 the Texas Holiness University in Peniel, Texas appointed Dr. Hills as their first president, which he held for seven years. This college later merged with Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where they appointed Dr. Hills as Professor of Theology and Dean of the School of Religion in 1911. (37)

Dr. Hill wrote many several college textbooks, books, tracts, and over thirty volumes of Defense of the Christian Faith. One of the books Dr. Hill wrote was Christian Education and Anglo-Israel (1906) which was composed of two sermons, one being on the need for Christian education, and the second being on the Anglo-Israel message. The second sermon was originally preached by request at the Ministerial Association of Springfield, MO in 1895.