Bishops' Bios: Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata

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Born: Oct. 11, 1951

Married: Greta (married, 1974)

Children: Courtney (age 24), Lauren (age 21), Blake (age 15)


D.Min., Claremont School of Theology, 1977
B.A. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1973 with high honors
Crusade Scholar, 1974-1977
Post-graduate study, Vancouver School of Theology, 1984
Post-graduate study, Pacific School of Religion, 1979
Participant: Diversity in the Workplace seminar
National Urban Ministry Seminar
Eric Law Diversity Workshop


Dean of the cabinet, PNW Conference, 2002 - present
Seattle District Superintendent,1998 - present
Tacoma District Co-superintendent, January 1, 2004 to present
Senior Pastor, Blaine Memorial UMC, Seattle, WA 1984 - 1998
Senior Pastor, North Gardena UMC, Gardena, CA, 1977-1984
Youth Minister, North Gardena UMC, Gardena, CA 1973 - 1974, and 1975 - 1977
Ministerial Intern, Kahalu'u UMC, Parker UMC, and Palolo UMC, Hawaii, 1974-1975
Youth Minister, First Congregational Church, Portland, CT, 1970 - 1971


Chairperson, PNW Vision and Planning Task Force, 1997 - 1998
Chairperson, PNW Cross Racial Appointment Task Force, 1996 - 1998
Member, Board of Ordained Ministry, 1992 - present
Chairperson, PNW Worship Committee, 1997 - 1998
Chairperson, National Japanese-American UMC Caucus, 1981-1983
Teacher, UMW School of Christian Missions, 1990 and 2004
Preacher, PNW Annual Conference 1990, 1996, 2004


General Council on Ministries, 1996-2000 and 2000 - 2004
Vice President, General Council on Ministries, 1996 - 2000
World Division, Board of Global Ministries, 1980 - 1984
General Conference and Jurisdictional Conferences, 1996, 2000, and 2004
Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team, 2000 - present
Western Jurisdiction Task Force of Theological Education and Ministry, 2003
Western Jurisdiction Asian American Coordinating Committee, 1980 - 1981
Member, Ecumenical Dialogue Group on Clergy Sexual Misconduct
Participant, Ecumenical Dialogue on Urban Homelessness
Advisory Board, School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle University, Seattle
Endorsed by:
National Federation of Asian American United Methodists
Pacific Northwest Conference delegation (June, 6, 2004)
Pacific Northwest Annual Conference (June 26, 2004)


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