It is with profound sadness that we inform the Cliffs Community that Pastor Richard Hines, Pastor of Milburn Baptist Church who faithfully led our resident community in weekly Bible studies for over 13 years, and who served along with his wife, Marilyn, as managers on the Cliffs at Eagle Rock’s Board of Managers, pasted away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 21st. 2021.
For over 45 years, as pastor of The First Baptist Church of Milburn, Pastor Hines and his congregation took on the undergirding of the mission of the Baptist Home Society at its original location on Roseville Ave in Newark, providing spiritual guidance and mentoring to its Board and residents.
As the mission of the Baptist Home Society of New Jersey transformed and became the Cliffs at Eagle Rock, Rev. Hines gladly continued to volunteer time and energy to spiritual enrich the lives of the residents.
As the residence grew in number and activities became more plentiful, Rev. Hines volunteered, along with his beloved dog, Havana, to provide an entertaining and lively Bible study every Monday afternoon.
Residents of all faiths took part, perhaps enchanted by the wag of Havana’s tail, or the stories Rev Hines would share with his booming voice, or his programs which were always peppered with lots of singing, residents were always left with a stirring message of God’s love.
For Rev, Hines serving his Lord through pastoral ministries was the commitment and joy of his life. He will be sorely missed by staff and residents alike.