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Des Hills, General Conference Youth Department, 1975.

Photo courtesy of Neroli Hills.

Hills, Desmond Basil (1932–2020) and Ruth Eleanor Baxter (1933–2014)

By Shirley Tarburton

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Shirley Tarburton, M.Litt. (Distinction) (University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia) retired in 2008 after 40 years teaching church-school (mainly high school but including eight years at university). An Australian, she has taught in four mission fields, Australia, and New Zealand. She has authored five books and co-authored one on church history, biography and family history, as well as several magazine articles. She is married to Dr. Michael Tarburton with two adult children and four grandchildren.

 

First Published: February 10, 2022

Desmond Hills was a Seventh-day Adventist minister who spent most of his forty years of service1 for the church in youth ministry, including at Union, Division, and General Conference levels. He served in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and the United States of America.2

Early Life, Conversion and Education

Des was born into a farming family in Rangiora, just north of Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island, on January 11, 1932,3 the third child of Charles Hills (July 7, 1891-September 28, 1981)4 and his wife, Edith Jane Dalzell (February 4, 1894-April 22, 1960).5 His siblings were Beryl Margaret Hills (1921-1940)6 and Ronald Charles Hills (1922-2015).7

When Des was ready to start school, the family moved to Christchurch where Des gained his primary and secondary education.8

In 1944 Pastor Alfred Charles Ball arrived in Christchurch9 and ran an evangelistic program with Pastor Len Hay and Miss Pearl Harvey.10 After receiving a hand-billed invitation to these meetings,11 Des attended with his mother, and they were baptized together later that year12 becoming members of the Christchurch City Seventh-day Adventist Church.13 Charles joined the church a few years later.14

Des was very active in church life, becoming involved with the Junior Missionary Volunteer (JMV) program and Missionary Volunteers (MVs). He also had a gift for writing.15 In 1947 the first of what was to become many reports written by him appeared in the South Pacific Division church paper, the Australasian Record.16 After completing his secondary schooling at the prestigious Christchurch Boys’ High School,17 he enrolled at the New Zealand Missionary College (NZMC) at Longburn, in the North Island of New Zealand, graduating from the Intermediate Ministerial and Teaching Course at the end of 1950.18

From 1951 to 1954 Des studied theology at the Australasian Missionary College (AMC) at Avondale, New South Wales, Australia. Here, once again, his interest in youth ministry soon became evident, and he became the deputy leader of the Avondale Missionary Volunteer Society.19 He ran camps20 and other programs, assisting others to qualify as Master Guides21 and introduced the Pathfinder program.22 When his leadership qualities became obvious, he was appointed as assistant preceptor of the men’s residence at the college, a position that he held from 1952--1954.23 Des was the vice-president of the Ministerial League at the college and was one of the presenters during the first student-led Week of Devotion run at Avondale.24 Another “first” to his credit was his organizing the first Anzac memorial service to be held at AMC.25 With his strong interest in public relations, he aimed to keep AMC in the thoughts of church members across the Australasian Division (now the South Pacific Division), encouraging the submission of articles on college activities to the Australasian Record and writing a number of them himself.

In his final year at college, Des was elected class president by the rest of the graduating class,26 and graduated as a Licentiate of Theology on November 14, 1954.27

Marriage and Family

On Des’s first day at college, his attention was attracted by a young lady who was also going through the registration process. While they were waiting in line to pick up their textbooks, he took the opportunity to introduce himself and learned that her name was Ruth Baxter.28 During the next two years as she trained to be an elementary school teacher, their friendship blossomed into love, and they looked forward to joining their lives after Des completed his course.

Ruth Eleanor Baxter (1933-2014) was the elder of the two daughters of Charles William Baxter (1883-1971)29 and his wife Jessie Mabel née Brown (1901-1994).30 She was raised in a Christian home and was just ten years old when her mother became a Seventh-day Adventist.31 Her father also joined the church eight months before his death.32

After her graduation from teaching in November 1952,33 Ruth was appointed to the Greater Sydney Conference,34 where she taught in the Auburn elementary church school for the next two years.35 Des, after his graduation, worked at the college during the vacation, earning money for their wedding36 that took place in the college chapel on January 4, 1955.37

Des and Ruth became an effective team. Both were passionate about youth ministry, and Ruth shared Des’s interest in Pathfinder leadership in many places during their next 40 years of church work.38

Two children made the Hills’ family complete with Allan and Neroli. The four grandchildren that their two families produced brought much joy to their grandparents over the years.39

Ministry

Des’s first appointment after graduation was to the North New Zealand Conference.40 He and Ruth moved to Longburn, where Des became the preceptor (men’s dormitory dean) and Bible teacher at NZMC (now called Longburn Adventist College).41 He invested much time and energy in his position as spiritual mentor, and both he and Ruth sponsored an MV and JMV society in out-of-school time.42 He also pursued his other extra-curricular interest of public relations by accepting the position of Public Relations secretary, forming a press club and commencing publication of a monthly paper, Longburn Echo.43 While there, Ruth taught in the nearby Palmerston North church school44 until their son, Allan, was born.45

After four years Des was appointed to Pastor John Coltheart’s Auckland Mission team for the duration of 1959.46 As well as working with this evangelistic team, he assisted with the division’s inaugural laymen’s congress held in Palmerston North (near the N.Z.M.C.), in September-October. It was attended by 900 and marked the 70th anniversary of the work of the SDA church in New Zealand.47

1960 saw the Hills family return to Avondale so Des could become preceptor at AMC where he had been assistant preceptor during his student days.48 Their daughter, Neroli, was born at this time. Somehow, Des also managed to fit in some study and obtained his bachelor’s degree in theology from Pacific Union College through AMC in 1962.49 He later obtained a Master of Arts from Andrews University.50

While working at the college, Des encouraged the operation of a Public Relations Bureau51 as he had done at Longburn and again involved himself in the spiritual program for the youth above and beyond the requirements for his job. In 1961 he assisted with what was termed the ‘first Regional Youth Bible Conference of the North New South Wales conference52 and also accepted sponsorship of the college MV and JMV societies.53

Ordination

On the last day of the 1961 North New South Wales Conference camp meeting, which was held at Eraring from December 7 to 16,54 Des received ordination as a minister. He continued as preceptor and Public Relations director at Avondale until the end of 1964, after which he accepted a transfer to the North New South Wales Conference office as MV, JMV, and Temperance secretary55 commencing in 1965.

Departmental Appointments

His first initiative for youth was to introduce Youtharama, a Saturday evening program designed to replace common secular entertainment with fellowship that would be both entertaining and uplifting.56 He maintained his connection with Avondale, running a Temperance Workshop,57 officiating at missionary society investitures,58 and often addressing the student body.59 During this time the NNSW Conference Sawtell SDA Youth Camp was inaugurated at Boambee, and he commenced running a series of camps for the youth.60

In January 1967 Des was appointed to be the Missionary Volunteer and Public Relations secretary for the Trans-Tasman Union Conference (TTUC).61 This meant that he was often away from home. He was an official delegate at many camp meetings,62 arranged television and radio coverage of church events,63 and sponsored outreach events,64 as well as being the featured speaker at evangelistic campaigns.65 Aiming to be as effective as possible in both roles, he became a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.66 During his three and a half years in this position, he also organized a Trans-Tasman Youth Congress67 and several Public Relations seminars.68

Although they had two small children, his wife, Ruth, strongly supported his ministry, attending the youth camps he was involved in69 (when she was able) and teaching classes of JMVs in their home church.70

Overseas Service

At the General Conference Session held in 1970, Pastor Hills was asked to accept the portfolios of Communications and Missionary Volunteers for the Trans-Africa Division.71 He took up his duties as soon as possible, arriving in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in September of that year.72

Des immediately commenced systematic consultation with his six union youth directors and instituted training sessions for the thirty field and conference youth directors.73 He traveled widely, familiarizing himself with his field of labor and how he could best promote the ministries that were his responsibility.74 He was inspired by the dedication of the young people, lay people, and church members that he met and energized by the division goal of 65,000 baptisms for the quinquennium of which 11,110 were attained in the first year.75 In the Communications ministry, he supervised six Bible Correspondence Schools, initiated three regular radio broadcasts including The Quiet Hour and the Voice of Prophecy, as well as a local language program in Rwanda, and kept up a program of Public Relations activities.76 During the quinquennium the youth helped win almost 50,000 of those who were baptized, and the youth work expanded to include 42 union, field, or conference youth directors in the division.77

He introduced Pathfindering to South Africa, adapting all the Pathfinder materials to the local situation. His wife and children helped silk-screen print and sew thousands of banners, flags, and neckerchiefs to supply clubs that commenced all over the Trans-Africa Division.78 Ruth was also kept busy teaching, becoming the headmistress of the Salisbury church school.79

General Conference

In 1975, at the Vienna General Conference Session, Pastor Hills accepted the positions of Communication and Sabbath School director for the Australasian Division;80 however, before the session closed, this appointment had been superseded by a call to be the Associate Youth director at the General Conference.81 After serving in this capacity for five years, he was re-appointed for a second term at the 1980 General Conference Session at Dallas.82 However, shortly afterward hr was invited to return to the Australasian Division to take up the presidency of the North New Zealand Conference.83

New Zealand Again

Des and Ruth transferred to New Zealand in 1981,84 and for the first time in 30 years he was not primarily engaged in youth ministry. Nevertheless, his dual passions of ministry for youth and church public relations remained very much to the fore with regular press releases to both the secular and church presses emanating from his office85 and a lively interest being taken in youth activities86 and Adventist education in his conference and beyond. The transition from youth work to general leadership was a natural progression, and he was seen as an administrator who “looked for the best in people.”87

During the five years of his presidency of this conference, there were two new churches organized,88 five new church buildings dedicated,89 a new school opened,90 new administrative offices constructed, and an Adventist Retirement Village opened.91 The Auckland Adventist Hospital celebrated its first decade of service,92 and Longburn Adventist College commenced offering a Church Ministries course to train lay evangelists.93 He kept up his writing and was the author of the 1982 Junior daily devotional book, “Light for My Life,” which was circulated worldwide in three languages.94

By this time his two children had left school and entered upon their own careers. His wife, Ruth, continued her teaching and was the principal of Balmoral SDA Church School in Auckland.95 He was disappointed that his sister and mother had passed away, but he was able to participate in the funeral of his father, who died several months after the Hills family arrived back in New Zealand.96

Union President

In September 1985 at the Trans-Australian Union Conference (TAUC) session, Pastor Hills was elected president of the union conference.97 In his acceptance speech, he shared his vision for the future–that all denominational workers would see themselves as engaged in ministry and that “every department, service, and institution of the church needs to provide healing for the hurts of hurting people, light for those in darkness, and words of salvation for those in the world of sin.”98 He and Ruth moved to Melbourne, Victoria, and he took up his new duties in October.99 Ruth again made her own contribution, becoming principal of Oakleigh SDA Church School.100

As union president it was his goal to enable all in his union conference to make the best contribution possible101 and for each institution to fulfill its highest potential.102 He promoted the Warburton Health-Care Centre and Hospital103 and as the chairman of its board, initiated the construction of an Alcohol Recovery Unit.104 He instituted programs such as Harvest 90 Adventist Research Taskforce to provide tools, methods, and training to involve all church members in personal evangelism105 and led by example, running public evangelistic series in country towns106 and carrying out as many speaking appointments as possible. He constantly kept before his constituents the fact that the church will only be successful in completing God’s mission for it if it allows God to lead.107

Pastor Hills remained pastoral in his approach to people, concerned for the spiritual growth of each individual.108 He instituted, edited, and provided to all ministers in the TAUC and TTUC a resource called Adventmin, which kept them up to date with union developments and church news and provided supportive material aimed at affirming “Seventh-day Adventist pastoral ministry, and highlight(ing) the place of Christ-centered, biblical evangelistic preaching.”109

Retirement

Pastor Des Hills retired from church employment in January 1996 after 41 years of service.110 For him retirement did not mean stopping work, he just transitioned from paid employment to volunteer service. He and Ruth took volunteer ministry assignments in country NSW, Western Australia, and South Australia, pastoring churches for varying lengths of time.111 They traveled overseas, but not as tourists. On a number of occasions they cared for Pastor John Carter’s church in Los Angeles, freeing him to run evangelistic campaigns elsewhere.112 He was also a guest speaker at church meetings in various places such as Fiji.113

However, his main evangelistic focus during retirement came to be the promotion of The Signs of the Times outreach magazine.114 He tirelessly solicited sponsors for subscriptions that were then sent to libraries, universities, and other places of distribution.115 His novel idea of placing “lite boxes” of Signs in airports so that travelers could pick up reading matter. Hundreds of copies of the magazine were distributed annually.116 During 1998 and 1999 alone, thirty-five baptisms resulted from an initial contact via the Signs.117

Other retirement projects included producing a hard-covered souvenir book of Longburn Adventist College for its Centenary Celebration Reunion in 2008118 and writing Back to Bible Basics: Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love, which was completed and made available not long before his last illness.119

Last Years

On August 27, 2014, Ruth Hills passed away with cancer.120 Just over 18 months later, Des married Valmae Dorothea Dyason-Ferris, the widow of another church worker, who lived in the Adventist Retirement Village nearby.121

During 2020 Des’s health deteriorated, and he passed away in Wyong Hospital on October 6, 2020.122 He continues to “speak” through the four books he authored, as well as the series of Bible study guides, New Beginnings and Youth Scripture Guides,123 and various manuals and booklets he wrote, as well as hundreds of articles with guidance and advice that is still valued.124

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Notes

  1. “Church Retirees,” Australasian Record, February10, 1996, 5.

  2. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  3. G. E. Garne, “Meet Our Authors 5, Desmond Hills,” Australasian Record, June 15, 1985, 7.

  4. New Zealand Deaths 1981 No. 30566.

  5. New Zealand Deaths 1960 No. 23561.

  6. New Zealand Deaths 1940 No. 18463.

  7. New Zealand Deaths 2015 No. 29223.

  8. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  9. “South New Zealand . . .,” Australasian Record, May 22, 1944, 8.

  10. W. J. Richards, “South New Zealand,” Australasian Record, August 13, 1944, 5.

  11. Desmond B. Hills, “Adventist Youth in Action,” Typed report, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives. Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: “Typed report.”

  12. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  13. J. T. Howse, “Hills,” Australasian Record, May 30, 1960, 7.

  14. G. E. Coombs, “Hills, Charles,” Australasian Record, December 14, 1981, 14.

  15. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  16. “Back to the Sabbath School in South New Zealand,” Australasian Record, July 7, 1947, 5.

  17. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  18. G. E. Garne, “Meet Our Authors 5, Desmond Hills,” Australasian Record, June 15, 1985, 7.

  19. Alfred W. Peterson, “Missionary Volunteers at Australasian Missionary College,” Australasian Record, May 26, 1952, 3.

  20. Arthur N. Patrick, “Avondale Master Guides,” Australasian Record, November 9, 1953, 5.

  21. Alfred W. Peterson, “Misssionary Volunteers at Australasian Missionary College,” Australasian Record, May 26, 1952, 3; A. D. C. Currie, “Youth Leading Youth,” Australasian Record, November 8, 1954, 5.

  22. Desmond B. Hills, “Pathfinders at the Australasian Missionary College,” Australasian Record, April 5, 1954, 8.

  23. Desmond B. Hills, “The League of Nations Enters the Appeal for Missions Campaign,” Australasian Record, May 10, 1954, 3.

  24. Arthur Patrick, “History Made at Avondale,” Australasian Record, August 30, 1954, 3.

  25. Dean Giles, “Let Silent Contemplation Be Your Offering,” Australasian Record, June 14, 1954, 7.

  26. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  27. R. A. Wood, “Hills – Baxter,” Australasian Record, February 7, 1955, 14; Arthur N. Patrick, “Discerning Youth Prepare for the Future,” Australasian Record, March 28, 1955, 1-2; E. E. White, “Avondale Graduation, 1954,” Australasian Record,

  28. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  29. E. A. Boehm. “Baxter, Charles,” Australasian Record, February 22, 1971, 15.

  30. Ross Goldstone, Desmond B. Hills, “Baxter, Jessie,” Australasian Record, May 14, 1994, 13.

  31. E. A. Boehm, “Baxter, Charles,” Australasian Record, February 22, 1971, 15.

  32. Ibid.

  33. S. C., “Avondale Closing Exercises,” Australasian Record, January 5, 1953, 3.

  34. R. R. Frame, “The Trans-Tasman Union Conference Report,” Australasian Record, January 19, 1953, 3-4.

  35. R. A. Wood, “Hills – Baxter,” Australasian Record, February 7, 1955, 14.

  36. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  37. R. A. Wood, “Hills – Baxter,” Australasian Record, February 7, 1955, 14.

  38. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  39. Ibid.

  40. E. E. White, “Avondale Graduation, 1954,” Australasian Record, January 10, 1955, 2.

  41. Desmond B. Hills, “Government Official States that the N.Z.M.C. Has Tone,” Australasian Record, April 11, 1955, 5; Desmond Hills, “Desmond Hills,” Avondale Alumni Biographical Sketch, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives. Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Avondale Alumni Biographical Sketch.

  42. Desmond B. Hills, “Candlelight Ceremony sets College on Fire,” Australasian Record, November 12, 1956, 1.

  43. Evan McLay, “Longburn in Print,” Australasian Record, December 10, 1956, 4.

  44. Desmond Hills, “Desmond Hills,” Avondale Alumni Biographical Sketch, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives. Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Avondale Alumni Biographical Sketch.

  45. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  46. Desmond B. Hills, “Record Attendance at Auckland Mission,” Australasian Record, June 22, 1959, 8.

  47. Desmond B. Hills, “Australasian Laymen’s Congress,” Australasian Record, November 16, 1959, 1-2.

  48. “At present a member . . . ,” Australasian Record, October 19, 1959, 12.

  49. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020; Bachelor Testamur, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives. Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Bachelor Testamur.

  50. Desmond Basil Hills. Personal Service Record, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Personal Service Record.

  51. Desmond B. Hills, “Focus on Avondale,” Australasian Record, June 6, 1960, 2.

  52. Special Youth Correspondent, “Youth Bible Conference,” Australasian Record, July 17, 1961, 7.

  53. W. Delamothe, “Investiture Services at A. M. College,” Australasian Record, January 20, 1962, 8.

  54. R. D. Craig, “North New South Wales Conference of Seventh-day Adventists,” Australasian Record, November 6, 1961, 14; Desmond Basil Hills. Personal Service Record, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Personal Service Record.

  55. R. D. Craig, “Record Attendance and Offerings,” Australasian Record, January 25, 1965, 2.

  56. Desmond B. Hills, “Youtharama A New Endeavour in Youth Evangelism,” Australasian Record, May 31, 1965, 4.

  57. Graeme Brown, “Avondale College Temperance Chapter,” Australasian Record, August 16, 1965, 6.

  58. Joyce Waldrip, “Cherubs and Orchids,” Australasian Record, January 31, 1966, 9.

  59. D. B. Hills, “Your Young Men Shall See Visions,” Australasian Record, March 25, 1966, 2.

  60. Desmond B. Hills, “Camping by Boambee Creek,” Australasian Record, January 9, 1967, 3.

  61. “To fill the vacancy . . .,” Australasian Record, January 23, 1967, 8.

  62. Desmond B. Hills, “Largest Camp Meeting Ever in North Queensland,” Australasian Record, June 12, 1967, 2; Robert H. Parr, “South New Zealand’s ‘Super-Camp’,” Australasian Record, March 11, 1968, 10; B. C. Grosser, “North New Zealand Camp Meeting,” Australasian Record, March 18, 1968, 2.

  63. Desmond B. Hills, “The local press called it . . . Friendliness and Co-operation,” Australasian Record, December 4, 1967, 12; Desmond B. Hills, “Governor Attends Adventist Church,” Australasian Record, March 23, 1970, 2; Larry Laredo, “A Public Relations Break-through,” Australasian Record, August 11, 1969. 2; Desmond B. Hills, “Angels in Green,” Australasian Record, May 25, 1970, 6.

  64. Ken R. Lowe, “Voice of Youth Campaign,” Australasian Record, April 1, 1968, 12; D. B. Hills, “Insight,” Australasian Record, May 12, 1969, 7.

  65. Arthur J. Bath, “Action Along the Sydney Coast,” Australasian Record, May 6, 1968, 8-10; Desmond B. Hills, “A New Approach to Evangelism,” Australasian Record, August 11, 1969, 2.

  66. Desmond Basil Hills. Personal Service Record, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Personal Service Record.

  67. W. R. Veitch, “Trans-Tasman Youth Congress,” Australasian Record, February 16, 1970, 1.

  68. “Pastor . . .,” Australasian Record, March 24, 1969, 16; “P. R. Seminar Held in Sydney,” Australasian Record, December 8, 1969, 6.

  69. Desmond B. Hills, “Crusades for Christ,” Australasian Record, April 25, 1966, 3.

  70. Desmond B. Hills, “JMV Day,” Australasian Record, August 5, 1968, 16.

  71. G. Allen, “South New Zealand Says Farewell,” Australasian Record, October 19, 1970, 14.

  72. “To the Front Line,” Australasian Record, November 16, 1970, 14,

  73. Desmond B. Hills, “Twelve Months in the Trans-Africa Division,” Australasian Record, November 8, 1971, 8-9.

  74. Ibid.

  75. Ibid.

  76. Desmond B. Hills, “Australasian Missionaries Serving in Africa,” Australasian Record, June 2, 1975, 8.

  77. Ibid.

  78. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  79. Desmond B. Hills, “Australasian Missionaries Serving in Africa,” Australasian Record, June 2, 1975, 8.

  80. “Stop Press,” Australasian Record, July 28, 1975, 16.

  81. Desmond B. Hills, “From First-Hand Experience, Associate Youth Director Reports on Summer Camps in North America,” Australasian Record, December 13, 1976, 8.

  82. R. K. Brown, “Dallas and the General Conference,” Australasian Record, June 23, 1980, 8.

  83. G. E. Garne, “Meet Our Authors 5. Desmond Hills,” Australasian Record, June 15, 1985, 7; Mrs L. W. Ritchie, “Church Complex for Pukekohe,” Australasian Record, August 24, 1981, 9.

  84. Ibid.

  85. Desmond B. Hills, “Ordination in New Zealand’s Northland,” Australasian Record,  May 28, 1983, 5.

  86. A. J. Bath, “1983/84 CPUM Youth Congress,” Australasian Record, March 17, 1984, 8.

  87. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  88. Desmond B, Hills, “At Last . . . A Church Established,” Australasian Record, October 27, 1984, 7; Desmond B. Hills, “A Small Church Revitalised,” Australasian Record, January 19, 1985, 1.

  89. Mrs L. W. Ritchie, “Church Complex for Pukekohe,” Australasian Record, August 24, 1981, 9; Mary Fair, “Royal Oak Dedicated,” Australasian Record, May 28, 1983, 7; “Cambridge Church Opening,” Australasian Record, January 28, 1984, 13; C. A. Townend, “Whakatane Church Opening,” Australasian Record, July 28, 1984, 7; Ian Muir, “New Glen Innes Church,” Australasian Record, April 20, 1985, 12.

  90. Barbara Rice, “Flying the Flag in Wellington,” Australasian Record, October 20, 1984, 5.

  91. C. A. Townend, “Dual Opening in New Zealand,” Australasian Record, March 17, 1984, 1.

  92. Lyndon R. Schick, “Ten Years of Service,” Australasian Record, March 24, 1984, 11.

  93. C. A. Townend, “New Church Ministries Program at Longburn,” Australasian Record, September 25, 1982, 5.

  94. G. E. Garne, “Meet Our Authors 5. Desmond Hills,” Australasian Record, June 15, 1985, 7.

  95. Ibid.; Desmond B. Hills, “Desmond Hills,” Avondale College 50th Anniversary Booklet, August 28, 2004, 13.

  96. G. E. Coombs, “Hills,” Australasian Record, December 14, 1981, 14.

  97. R. K. Brown, “Snowy River Country Convention,” Australasian Record, October 19, 1985, 3.

  98. Desmond B. Hills, “Toward Tomorrow,” Australasian Record, October 19, 1985, 2.

  99. Desmond Basil Hills. Personal Service Record, South Pacific Division of the General Conference Archives, Folder: “Hills, Desmond Basil,” Document: Personal Service Record.

  100. Personal knowledge. The author taught at this school under Ruth Hills in 1992.

  101. Desmond B. Hills, “Toward Tomorrow,” Australasian Record, October 19, 1985, 2.

  102. Ibid.; Desmond B. Hills, “. . . One of Victoria’s Well-Kept Secrets,” Australasian Record, July 26, 1986, 8-9; Desmond B. Hills, “Leader Applauds Avondale College,” Australasian Record, April 28, 1990, 13.

  103. Ibid.; Gary Krause, “Healthful Living . . . Adventist Health Care – Warburton Style,” Australasian Record, May 16, 1987, 6.

  104. “Groundbreaking,” Australasian Record, December 6, 1986, 16.

  105. Desmond B. Hills, “Back to Basics,” Australasian Record, April 7, 1990, 4-5.

  106. R. Baird, “Albury-Wodonga: Growing for God,” Australasian Record, July 16, 1988, 11.

  107. Desmond B. Hills, “The Real Issue Facing the Adventist Church,” Australasian Record, April 14, 1990, 4-5; Desmond B. Hills, “The Church – Movement or Museum?” Australasian Record, April 21, 1990, 6; Desmond B. Hills, “What’s the Real Issue?” Australasian Record, June 4, 1994, 2.

  108. Desmond B. Hills. “You’re Not Home Yet!” Australasian Record, April 18, 1992, 4; Desmond B. Hills, “Life’s Greatest Discoveries,” Australasian Record, November 21, 1992, 6.

  109. “New Magazine,” Australasian Record, September 30, 1995, 4.

  110. “Church Retirees,” Australasian Record, February 10, 1996, 5.

  111. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  112. Ibid.

  113. “Eleventh Fiji Session,” Australasian Record, April 13, 1996, 4.

  114. “Food for Intellects,” Australasian Record, March 16, 1996, 4.

  115. Ibid.; “Did You Hear?” Australasian Record, July 20, 1996, 4.

  116. “Signs Subscriptions Slip Slightly,” Australasian Record, April 1, 2000, 5.

  117. Ibid.

  118. “LAC Celebrates 100 Years of Education,” Australasian Record, April 26, 2008, 1-2; Personal knowledge – the author assisted in the preparation and subsequent sale of the book.

  119. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  120. Peter Watts, “Hills, Ruth Eleanor,” Australasian Record, December 6, 2014, 21.

  121. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

  122. Ibid.

  123. G. E. Garne, “Meet Our Authors 5. Desmond Hills,” Australasian Record, June 15, 1985, 7.

  124. Neroli Hills, “Life Sketch of Desmond Basil Hills,” unpublished document, October 2020.

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Tarburton, Shirley. "Hills, Desmond Basil (1932–2020) and Ruth Eleanor Baxter (1933–2014)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. February 10, 2022. Accessed May 21, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=AJD0.

Tarburton, Shirley. "Hills, Desmond Basil (1932–2020) and Ruth Eleanor Baxter (1933–2014)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. February 10, 2022. Date of access May 21, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=AJD0.

Tarburton, Shirley (2022, February 10). Hills, Desmond Basil (1932–2020) and Ruth Eleanor Baxter (1933–2014). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved May 21, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=AJD0.