2023 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Pastor Hurmon Hamilton
Pastor Hurmon Hamilton was born in San Francisco and raised in Coushatta, Louisiana. He is married to Rhonda Hamilton, M.D., and they have two children: Jonathan and Lauren. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy and History from Grambling State University and his Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
For seventeen years, Pastor Hurmon served as Senior Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church (RPC) in Boston, MA. During this time, he also served as an adjunct professor at Harvard Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Seminary; a lecturer at Yale University; and a guest preacher at Princeton and Boston Universities.
In 1998, Pastor Hurmon helped found the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO). For almost a decade, he served as President, overseeing its rise as a significant political and moral change agent in Massachusetts. In 2010, Pastor Hurmon and RPC were recognized for developing a groundbreaking Adopt-A-School Initiative. By building a successful partnership between churches, community organizations and Boston Public Schools, the RPC “Dream Again Initiative” transformed The Henry Dearborn Middle School, then targeted for closure, into one of the first early college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) 6-12 Grade schools in Massachusetts. The Initiative also secured 50 million dollars to construct a new state-of-the-art facility.
Pastor Hurmon returned to the Bay Area in 2011 and served as the Teaching Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship (ALCF) in Mountain View, CA for two years. Through his weekly messages, leadership and pastoral care, countless lives were deeply touched, transformed and blessed. Following his tenure at ALCF, Pastor Hurmon led the birthing of New Beginnings Community Church in April 2014, where he passionately serves as Senior and Founding Pastor, leading a large and rapidly growing, diverse church community.
Pastor Hurmon says, “If you remove God from the picture of my life, statistically I would not be here; but because of God’s love, grace and power, my life is a miracle! I believe that God wants us to release our faith in Jesus and to dramatically impact and transform our communities and the world just like my life was miraculously transformed. If faith in Jesus Christ can change me from a scarred young boy on a path destined for failure into the person I am today, God can do the same for millions! My life’s mission is to share this great news, which is wrapped in the unconditional love of Jesus, to as many as I can near and far — across the street and across the world!”