Dr. Hinton is a native of Hamilton, Georgia and a 1981 graduate of Harris County High School. He has prepared himself professionally and theologically for success as a leader. He has an Associate Degree from Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA (1983), a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from the Morehouse School of Religion and the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA. (1988). Dr. Hinton also earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from the I.T.C. (1994). He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Saint Thomas Christian College in Jackson, Fla. (2010). He is also a Certified Life Coach (2012)
Dr. Hinton was licensed to preach in 1982 (age 19) and ordained in 1984 by the Friendship Baptist Church in Hamilton, GA. He served as the pastor of the Friendship Baptist Church in Toccoa, GA (1983-1991). Dr. Hinton has served as the senior pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C. since March 1991, where the church has experienced tremendous holistic growth and transformation under his visionary leadership. TBC has a weekly television broadcast that shares the gospel to thousands in NC & SC.