Inspired by America’s first female state Supreme Court justice, Justice Juanita Kidd Stout, Shirley Pritchett-Hilton, DD, ThD, PhD, is a global pastor, teacher, Christian counselor, professor of foundational hematology, oncology, neurology and biology, typist and editor, roles which she believes were chosen for her by the Lord. A retired public school teacher of the Philadelphia Board of Education, she served as an administrative judicial secretary for Hon. Judge Stout in Pennsylvania from 1974 to 1984. She was also president and senior pastor of Glory International University and Ministries in Philadelphia, and international chief executive officer of the International Warriors for Equality and Justice (IWEJ). Serving as an associate pastor in numerous churches, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton’s excellent Sunday school and university teachers prepared her for seminary.
Prior to the start of her professional career, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton pursued a formal education at Temple University in Philadelphia, studying voice in the College of Music for five years and earning a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education, magna cum laude. She then attended Norfolk State University in Virginia, where she received a Master of Arts in communication, magna cum laude, and Jameston Christian College in Caguas, Puerto Rico, where she received a DD. She went on to attain a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s Urban Theological Institute, a doctorate in ministry and certificate in advanced pastoral studies from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a ThD, cum laude, from Victorious Living: Family Prayer Ministries, Inc., a Master of Arts in religion from Lutheran Theological Seminary, and a PhD, cum laude, from Glory International University and Music Academy.
A prolific writer, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton edited the documentary film, “Day Zero Positive of World History, To Promote Him Being On Earth Teaching Science to All His Offspring, Of All Ages, Colors, Faiths, Creeds, Etc.,” scheduled to be released in 2020. The editor of many published works, she notably edited Hon. Judge Stout’s autobiography, “I Confess, There Was Never a Dull Moment on the Bench,” in 2005 and “Songs of Zion,” as well as written her own books, “Banned from the Pulpit,” “I, Too, Have A Journey to Justice” and “God’s Chosen Daughters for Global Ministry.” Likewise, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton has contributed many chapters to books.
Active in her local community, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton is a block captain emeritus of the 900 block of East Stafford Street in Philadelphia, as well as a member of the Awbury Neighbors and the W. Russell Johnson Music Guild, Inc. of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., the latter of which she also serves as president. She was also involved with the DC Golden Age Club of Retired Workers and is a retiree of chapter #2 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
The recipient of the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Pritchett-Hilton is the proud mother of two wonderful children, Michele Rene and Michael John. She is also a doting grandmother to three beloved grandchildren, Brittany, Michael Jr. and Barry.