The Deceased Episcopal District

Senior Bishop Thomas Lanier Hoyt

The 48th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and current Senior Bishop, Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., was the first of the two bishops elected in the 1994 General Conference held in Memphis, TN. He came to the Episcopal office as a preacher and distinguished scholar in theological education. He was born March 14, 1941 to Reverend Thomas L. Hoyt, Sr. and Ida Wells Hoyt in Fayette, AL.

Bishop Hoyt's academic training is both thorough and extensive. He earned the BA degree from Lane College, Jackson, TN in 1962, the M.Div. degree from Phillips School of Theology of The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, the S.T.M. degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1967, and the Ph.D. degree from Duke University, Durham, NC in 1975. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity College in 1994.

His ministry included pastoral service of several CME churches in North Carolina and New York and more than twenty years as a professor of theology. He has served as Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA, the School of Religion at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Professor of New Testament and Director, Black Ministries Certificate Program at Hartford Seminary in Hartfort, CT. He has written more than thirty-five articles for professional journals and publications, and has shared in group projects that resulted in published books, including the influential Stony the Road We Trod: An African American Biblical Interpretation. Ed. by Cain Hope Felder (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992). Bishop Hoyt's most renown lectures were the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School in 1993, one of the oldest and most prestigious lectureships in the academic community.

Awards and Honors bestowed on Bishop Hoyt are numerous, including a visit to Pope John Paul II with a delegation from the National Council of Churches, delegate to the World Council of Churches in Porto, Alegre, Brazil in 1987, and CME representative at the World Council of Churches meeting on Faith and Order at Santiago De Compstela, Spain in 1993.

Upon his election to the Episcopacy, he was assigned to the Fourth Episcopal District. He is the Chair of the Department of Lay Activities of the CME Church and was the Chair of the 125th CME Church Anniversary Celebration Committee.

He is married to Ocie (nee Oden) Hoyt, and is the father of two children, Doria and Thomas III. His office and headquarters are in Shreveport, LA.