Pastor Emeritus Dr. Arthur L. Hilson, was New Hope's Senior Servant. He was the loving husband to wife, Associate Min. Florine Hilson, proud father to three, Gabrielle, Antoinette and David; and doting grandfather. He was the leader and Pastor to the members of the New Hope Baptist Church as well as a history teacher to students at Portsmouth High School. Pastor Emeritus Hilson often stated, "I do not meet strangers, I meet people for the first time, but I do not meet strangers." He was also well known in the church and community for his jovial and happy greeting "I'm to Blessed too complain!"
Pastor Emeritus Dr. Arthur L. Hilson, "I'm to Blessed too complain," was New Hope's Senior Servant and he retired from his earthly service and went heaven bound on 19 Jan 2019.