Dr. John Paul Hill is an Associate Professor of History at Warner University.
Anyone visiting Hill’s office will notice his baseball paraphernalia, the most interesting of which is a baseball signed by Monte Irving that he keeps displayed in a special case behind his desk.
Hill said that Monte Irving was a pro baseball player who began his career in the Negro League and started playing for the San Francisco Giants in the 50’s.
Hill said that he owns eight or nine signed baseballs, besides the one displayed in his office.
“I love baseball,” Hill said, later saying, “Baseball really reflects a large part of the history of America.”
“You can’t talk about civil rights without talking about Jackie Robinson,” Hill said as an example.
The historical significance of baseball is important to Hill, who has taught history at Warner since 2012.
“I love teaching American Political History,” Hill said.
Hill started his bachelor’s as a math major at first, but found that he enjoyed his history teachers more.
“They could really make history come alive,” Hill said.
Before coming to Warner, Hill taught at Lang College in Tennessee.
“It really wasn’t a good fit for me,” Hill said, saying that he felt more at home when he visited Warner.
“I liked the emphasis on faith, for sure.”
Besides teaching and his love for baseball, Hill is also a great uncle, and he enjoys playing intramurals at Warner.
Hill’s advice to Warner students is to remember that college will go by fast.
“Work hard, because these four years will be over before you know it. Cherish these four years because you will have some of the best memories in your life in college.”