Reverend Brian A. TillmanRev. Brian A. Tillman was born in Detroit, Michigan, but, as a teenager moved to Woodstock, GA. He has a very large and complex family with 3 sets of parents, 5 sisters and 9 brothers. Rev. Tillman is married to Shanika L. Tillman and they have a blended family with 4 children (Devin, Marcus, Sophia, and Chloe’). The family enjoys traveling together and Saturday morning breakfast. Rev. Tillman is the Saturday morning chef and cooks French toast with cheese grits, eggs, and bacon and/or sausage. Mrs. Tillman makes smoothies. If the kids ever want anything different, they are welcome to go someplace else.

Rev. Tillman holds a BA in Child Development from Morehouse College 2003, M.Ed from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007, a M.Div from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2011, became an Elder in Full Connection in 2015, and holds a Certificate from the Reynolds Program in Church Leadership (2017). Before becoming a pastor, he was a middle school social studies and reading teacher and a basketball coach in South Bend, IN and Atlanta, GA.

Rev. Tillman is committed to the core values of grace & mercy AND justice & righteousness, all wrapped in the love of Jesus Christ. He has two scriptures that he finds himself consulting regularly: Psalm 23, “Goodness and mercy shall pursue me my whole life long” and Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free…”

Rev. Tillman has served previously as the Pastor of Congregational Care at McEachern Memorial UMC in Powder Springs, Pastor of Nurture at Johns Creek UMC in Johns Creek, and at the North Georgia Conference as Chair of Religion and Race.

As the Chair of the Commission on Religion and Race for the North Georgia Conference, Rev. Tillman works to bring the church to racial justice and reconciliation. His passion for racial justice and reconciliation began at Morehouse College as a Chapel Assistant, continued at Candler School of Theology where he created the Candler Society for Multiracial Congregations, and also continued into the local church as he created racial justice discussion groups and formed a racial justice advocacy group in Johns Creek.

Rev. Tillman is honored to be coming to Ben Hill UMC and looks forward to growing in ministry here while continuing to work with the Commission on Religion and Race.