Pastor and Evangelistic Speaker

Rev. Hodari Kenneth Hamilton was born in Sacramento, CA to Kenneth and June P. Hamilton. As early as he can remember, he knew he was called to preach. By the time he reached 16 years of age, he was licensed to preach and was on staff in his hometown at the Str. John Baptist Church. He served under the tutelage of Pastor Dr. William E. Heights.

Rev. Hamilton was called as the ninth Senior Pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield, New Jersey where he began his new life service in ministry March 1, 2017. Pastor Hamilton’s heart is encouraging people through the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Prior to joining the ministry at Shiloh, Pastor Hamilton served as Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA. First Baptist is the first African American Church in Charlottesville. There he added many new programs and ministries; but is most excited about how God led him in the charge to significantly grow the church membership, eliminate the church debt and complete major renovations to three properties.

The author of two books “A Heart for God, Devotionals through the Life of David” and “Lessons from the Loveseat: God Hates Sex and Other Myths that Destroy Marriage”, Pastor Hamilton expects to release his next two books “Marshmallows and Grit; God’s Call for Perserverance and the Sweet Reward” and “From Paranoid to Parent Joy” a devotional for parents in 2018.

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Law and Legal Studies from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, GA and his Master of Divinity Degree from the Virginia Union University, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. His formal studies also include, Princeton Seminary Engle Fellow 2009, studies at the University of Alabama and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Among his accomplishments, Rev. Hamilton was blessed to establish the Rev. Dr. Fred G. Sampson and Rev. Dr. Lance ...D. Watson Preaching Collection at the L. Douglas Wilder Library in Virginia Union University; was a 1999 and 2000 Artishia and Frederick Jordan Scholar; and led a Martin Luther King, Jr. march, arm in arm, with Georgia Governor Roy Barnes. He has also served as full time youth pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, VA under the leadership of Pastor Lance Watson, and at the Second Baptist Church in Chester, VA under the leadership of Pastor Johnnie Fleming.

He is the proud parent of seven children, Hodari Jr., Nehemiah, Grace, Kendra, Bennaniah, Josiah, and Kimberley.

Rev. Hodari Kenneth Hamilton has a call to equip and encourage God’s people through God’s word.

Rev. Hodari K. Hamilton, M.Div
Father, Husband, Preacher, DMin. Student




A practical guide to true love in marriage. Clear direction for lasting love. Real solutions from real couples!
Lessons From the Loveseat shares solutions for these common myths and more:
- God Hates Sex
- 2 Good People Make 1 Good Marriage
- Forgive Don’t Forget
- You Can Flirt, It Won't Hurtm.



In A Heart for God: Devotionals through the Life of David, stories of King David become modern-day checkpoints for believers who desire a heart that chases after God. One of the most relatable characters in the Bible, David has struggled with many of the same issues the modern-day Christian faces: family problems, personal struggles with sin, and even adversity from outside sources. As the reader walks with David as he walks with God, they begin to understand how having a heart for God serves as a bulwark against the trials of life.

With his unique brand of Bible study and storytelling, this first of two devotionals helps believers walk in David's footsteps as they, too, develop a heart for God.