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Thomas L. Hoyt Jr.

The 48th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr. Senior Bishop

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at 2:43 p.m. (EST), Senior Bishop Thomas Lanier Hoyt Jr. was called from his earthly home to his Heavenly reward. Bishop Hoyt was elected the 48th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1994 at the General Conference in Memphis, Tenn. He was the Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District, which encompassed the New York -Washington Region and the Carolina Region.

He was born March 14, 1941, to the Rev. Thomas L. Hoyt Sr. and Ida Wells Hoyt in Fayette, Ala.

Bishop Hoyt’s academic training is both thorough and extensive. He earned the BA degree from Lane College, Jackson, Tenn. 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, N.C. in 1975. He was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity College, Rust College, Lane College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center.

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, Spain.

He is married to Ocie Harriett Hoyt, and is the father of two children, Doria and Thomas III, and the grandfather of Ayanna. 

The homegoing celebration for Senior Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt Jr. will be Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Cramton Auditorium, Howard University Campus, 2455 Sixth Street, N..W., Washington, D.C. Viewing will be at the auditorium from 9 a.m. until time of service.

The family has also planned an abbreviated memorial service Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the West Side Community C.M.E. Church, 2114 Martin Luther King Drive, Atlanta, Ga. at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.