The Reverend Cornelius Tilton, DD, a native of New Orleans, is a graduate of Dillard University in Business Administration and French and Christian Bible College of Louisiana in Theology.

Dr. Tilton previously served as associate pastor at the First Holly Grove Baptist Church and the St. John Baptist Church of New Orleans. He came to the church in 1988 initially on an interim basis for 3 months. He has now served for over 21 years. He is a former IBM account executive, Tulane Hospital Administrator and Real Estate Broker.

In addition to being former chairman of N. O. Area Habitat for Humanity, the N. O. Mission and Prison Fellowship Ministries, he is a nationally certified in-prison seminar instructor and trainer.

Pastor Tilton continues to serve God and community as a missionary to several African and Central American nations, as a member of various boards including as Chair of the New Orleans Ethics Review Board and as General President of Christian Bible College of Louisiana.

Married to the former Carolyn LeBrane, Pastor Tilton has four adult children and six grandchildren.