Bridget E. Hilliard was born the third child to the late O.C. and Jewell Harrison of Houston, Texas on March 12, 1956. On October 4, 1975, Bridget married Ira Van Hilliard.
Bishop I.V. and Pastor Bridget Hilliard are the co-founders of the dynamic New Light Christian Center Church ("One Church, Multiple locations") in North, East, West and South Houston; Beaumont and Austin, Texas. Their passion to take God's Word to a hurting and lost generation has resulted in a current church membership of over 20,000 and counting. New Light Christian Center Church is not only recognized around the country as a Mega-Church, but in September 2007 it was honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Churches in America.
This Mega-Church has a nationwide television ministry, a satellite network, an Aviation Division, Light Commerce Credit Union, and an early childhood development center known as Light Christian Academy.
On January 9, 2011, Pastor Bridget accepted her pre-destined elevation and was promoted to on-site Pastor of NLC Beaumont. The Beaumont congregation eagerly entered their new building on December 26, 2010; and, the facility dedication along with her installation service was held on February 27, 2011. The passion and heart that Pastor Bridget has to see God's people living out their creative purpose and live a winning lifestyle is evidenced by the new people coming to the church each week. The membership is consistently growing as she continues to fulfill the call of God on her life.
Pastor Bridget is the author of several relevant and thought provoking books that have truly enhanced each reader's relationship and walk with God. Her latest book, "Wisdom For An Incredible Life - Lessons I Have Learned As A First Lady" released in October 2009 is being read nationally and abroad. "My Strong Tower" and "What Does It Take To Win" were released in April 2009 and continue to be best sellers nationwide. Other book titles include but are not limited to: "My Thoughts on Victorious Confessions", "The Will to Win" and "My Set Time for God's Favor". These books have blessed the lives of thousands in the Body of Christ.
She is also the founder of Women Who Win (WWW). This annual conference is held to edify, enrich and provide spiritual and practical knowledge for living an exciting winning Christian lifestyle. The first conference was held in April 2008 with over 7,500 women attending and each year registrations exceed the previous years. As a result of the phenomenal success of the conference, along with a desire to see others win in life, The Women Who Win Network was established (www.thewomenwhowin.net). There is no doubt that this network is sure to assist in surpassing all that one can hope or dream. In addition to the wisdom she imparts into this women's ministry, Pastor Bridget daily ministers to first ladies around the country through an exclusive social networking site www.thefirstladiesnetwork.net.
With over 130 part time and full time employees to assist her, Pastor Bridget is committed to creating and cultivating an authentic church experience that glorifies God and exceeds all expectations. Her unwavering compassion for people along with her faithfulness to build into God's people, PURPOSE, POWER, and PRAISE will continue yielding great results in the Kingdom of God.
The Hilliard's have committed to the parental oversight of three lovely daughters: Tina Hilliard-Egans, husband - Terry Egans; Irishea Hilliard; and Preashea Hilliard. The Hilliard's are also very proud to have four grandchildren: Ira Emanuel, Briona Janae, Ivan Harrison and Jonathan Sean-Michael. All the children and grandchildren have been marked for ministry with all the adult children currently working in full time ministry with their parents.