Bryan Hoke confirmed as Atlantic Conference bishop

Bryan O. Hoke has been confirmed as the next bishop of the Atlantic Regional Conference after nomination by the Atlantic Conference bishop selection committee. The nomination was confirmed by the General Conference Board at its meeting on February 20, 2015 and then confirmed by delegates at the annual meeting of the Atlantic Regional Conference on March 21, 2015. Following the vote at the annual meeting, a service of consecration was conducted where delegates gathered in a circle of prayer around Bryan, Kerry, and their family.

For the past 4 years, Bryan has served as senior pastor of The Bridge in Hummelstown, Pa. Previously, he served in various pastoral ministry roles in Pennsylvania and Georgia as well as on several regional and denominational boards and planning committees. Currently, Bryan serves as the Atlantic Conference representative to the Commission on Ministry and Doctrine of the Brethren in Christ Church. He received his bachelor’s degree in family studies from Messiah College in 1995 and later attended Asbury Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity in 1999. Bryan lives in Palmyra, Pa., with his wife Kerry and three daughters, Jordyn, Kylie, and Madelyn.

Bryan will arrange a timeline for his transition in consultation with the national director, Alan Robinson, and the current bishop, Pauline Peifer. It is presently expected that his role as bishop will begin July 1, 2015.

The Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. is very pleased to welcome Bryan's gifted leadership, and deeply grateful for the excellent leadership of Pauline in her role as bishop of the Atlantic Conference in these recent years. Her grace, wisdom, and leadership have been very significant in the life of the conference.