The mission of the Hill Street Baptist Church ministries is to bring persons into a saving and redemptive relationship as Disciples of Jesus Christ. We are a Spiritual body whose only foundation is the Word of God. We fulfill our ministry as we proclaim and teach, pray and worship, forgive and reconcile. As we live by Christ's example, we empower others to carry out the commands of God. We seek only to be God's servants as agents of healing and wholeness in a wounded and fragmented world. Reverend Dr. Keith Anthony Ogden is the Senior Pastor of the historic Hill Street Baptist Church, Asheville, North Carolina. Hill Street Baptist Church is located in the National Historic Community District of [ Montford ], Asheville, North Carolina. HSBC is one of the most respected and leading churches in the greater Asheville, North Carolina Region. Because of the churches African American heritage and cultural diversity the church has embraced the biblical model of all peoples worshipping and witnessing together for the Glory of God. Since coming to Hill Street Baptist Church, Pastor Ogden has been very active in the community of Asheville. He's been featured on numerous occasions in the local Citizen-Times newspaper for speaking to issues as they relate to the Asheville community, while holding the local and political government accountable for its promises. He is a former columnist for the Religion section of Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper, which is distributed to thousands of homes all over Ashevile and Western North Carolina. Pastor Ogden is a humble and diligent shepherd, who unselfishly gives of himself, his membership, and the community. Because of his God-given ability to be a creative thinker, Pastor Ogden uses creative concepts to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ to a loss and dying world without succumbing to the gimmicks of the world. Pastor Ogden is a published author and has completed his first publication which was released in August of 2009 entitled [ Walking in the Underserved ]. Dr. Robert Smith, Professor of Christian Preaching of Beeson Divinity School wrote: Dr. Keith Ogden revisits the road less traveled this is the road that leads to compassion. In an age of combat compassion is a balm in the context of ecclesiastical conflict that can make the wounded whole. Bishop John Richard Bryant, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, Dr. Gary L. Williams, and Dr. Howard-John Wesley noted that this publication is a must read for every Christian Believer. His book can be purchased via the book page, church book stores such as: Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria VA, and First Baptist Church of Mandarin, Jacksonville, FL. Pastor Ogden is working on his next publication MY BIBLE MY MERCY in collaboration with noted editor and publisher, the Reverend Darryl Simms for his Bible Study Manual MY BIBLE MY MANHOOD. He is the editor for Sound of Trumpet Volume One and Sound of the Trumpet Again. In 2008, Pastor Ogden was recommended by Dr. Major L. Jemison, Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor and Dr. Lance Watson, and selected to participate in the Pastoral Excellence Program ( PEP ) with the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention. The PEP is a three year program and offers the following: collaborative service with hosts in Guyana, Jamaica, and Italy ; Participation in peer groups ; and investment in learning through didactics and Internet studies and the Development of a deeper global understanding of ministry.