Welcome the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke
The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke will visit Christ Church in early November. A national leader in the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, Dr. Hoke draws on his own experiences with addiction and recovery to help equip people and churches to minister to those dealing with alcoholism and other addictive illnesses, and who are working towards spiritual recovery.
During our time together, Dr. Hoke will examine the role of the church in ministering to addictive illness through a workshop for caregivers, help us carry the message to others through a reflection on 12 Step Spirituality, lead a Recovery Eucharist on Sunday, and finally, deliver a heartfelt keynote presentation for the Bridge Institute, on “The Infinite Value of a Painful Past.”
Born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised across the Mississippi River in Blytheville, Arkansas, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree. Ordained in 1972, Hoke spent the greater part of his ministry serving congregations in Arkansas and Texas.
In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York’s General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000. For the next eight years he served as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.
In his extensive work for the past 30 years in the ministry of recovery, Hoke has been a frequent conference and retreat conductor throughout the Episcopal Church; and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York’s General Seminary where he has pioneered two courses on the Church’s role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. He also works with congregations and dioceses where there are issues with impaired clergy
Dr. Hoke now resides in Fearrington Village NC, and serves as Vicar of All Saints, Hamlet NC; and “priest for the moment” at the Episcopal Worshiping Congregation of Cheraw, SC.