Dave and Joyce currently serve as representatives for New Tribes Mission in the Mid-Atlantic Region, USA. The scope of their work is to represent the world-wide work & ministries of New Tribes Mission in churches, on college campuses, in small-group meetings, and among interested individuals desiring a deeper vision in missions.
The Hilts are available for children’s meetings, speaking to teen and college-age students, as well as sharing missions in camps, in small-group settings, in home meetings, on college campuses, and by assisting local churches in deepening their mission’s vision.
Dave also serves in conference speaking and leading mission’s teams abroad.
Joyce conducts Bible-focused ladies retreats and speaking to ladies groups in churches.
Dave & Joyce bring a fresh focus on missions and share challenging insights from the Bible. They use field experiences and drama to add dimension to their presentations as well as using visual media to stimulate a greater interest in missions.
Their passion is to see the Lord raise up those who will go to the ends of the earth in planting tribal churches among the nations for the glory of God.
Dave and Joyce reside York, Pennsylvania.
PREVIOUS MINISTRIES WITH NTM:
Prior to taking their position as Mid-Atlantic representatives for NTM, in September 1999, Dave and Joyce served sixteen years with NTM in Papua New Guinea as tribal church planters.
FIELD EXPERIENCE: After completing field orientation, the Hilt’s first assignment was working in the Pawaia tribe in the Highlands Region on mainland New Guinea. From there they moved to the island province of West New Britain to engage church planting efforts among the isolated Loko tribe. Dave also served as supply buyer and Joyce served in field bookkeeping prior to the time they moved interior. Deteriorating health eventually forced them to leave this area and return to the mainland to work at the NTM Field Headquarters.
Dave supervised the graphics division of the mission publications department, as well as offering assistance to missionaries in outlying tribal areas with his building skills and helps ministry. He also assisted in training national believers for ministry, equipping local pastors, and teaching Bible classes in a nearby government school. Additionally, Dave taught journalism and Bible classes at the mission boarding school for a time.
Joyce served the mission family with her bookkeeping skills and assisted the publications team as a typesetter and proofreader. She conducted classes in domestic care for national women, and developed ladies outreach ministries through Bible studies. Joyce also helped with teaching classes at the boarding school, giving private music instruction, and ministering to co-workers through her gift of hospitality.
Together, Dave and Joyce worked as class advisors, giving insight and leadership to students in the mission boarding school.
TRAINING: The Hilts formal education and equipping for ministry with New Tribes Mission began in 1981 and includes two years of training at NTM School of Biblical Studies in Jackson MI; one year of training at the NTM School of Intercultural Studies in Cornettsville, KY; and a six month study program at the NTM Language & Linguistics Institute in Camdenton, MO. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Intercultural Ministries and Biblical Sudies. Joyce holds an Associates degree in Intercultural Ministries.
MINISTRY EXPERIENCE PRIOR TO SERVING WITH NEW TRIBES MISSION:
Dave and Joyce served for 3 1/2 years in local church ministries in south-central Pennsylvania before enrolling in the training program of New Tribes Mission. They began their ministry in youth work, then shifted their focus to working among young married couples, and eventually developed a discipleship and evangelism outreach ministry in their home to reach the local community.