While in his early twenties, in the midst of a career in radio, never having been witnessed to or having attended an evangelical service of any kind, Pastor Hildebrandt was saved by the Grace of God through the reading of the New Testament. He has had the privilege of sitting under the ministries of Pastors Albert Martin and Ernest Reisinger. He attended the Trinity Ministerial Academy in Montville, New Jersey and Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Baptist Theological College.
Pastor Hildebrandt had the privilege of being ordained to the pastoral ministry by Rev. Ernest Reisinger.
In the late seventies and early eighties, Pastor Hildebrandt was involved with itinerant preaching in inner city missions and churches in New York and New Jersey. In 1988 he was ordained to full time pastoral ministry in the Fort Lauderdale area of Florida. Most recently, in 1994, he became the founding pastor of Grace Baptist Church of North Tampa Bay.