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The Rev. Robert P. Hoch, Ph.D., Pastor

410-728-5545, ext. 11

Rob’s career spans two intimately related worlds, the classroom and sanctuary. His most recent call, since 2003, has been as a Professor of Homiletics and Worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton and a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Rob has extensive publications, and his current project, Wisdom from the Footpath: A Pilgrim’s Guide to Proclamation, aims to assist preachers who are just setting out in their vocation. His most recent book, By the Rivers of Babylon: Blueprints for a Church in Exile (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013) lifts up the stories of faith communities in exile as immigrants or refugees. He regularly blogs for the Huffington Post religion section.


Balancing hands-on congregational work with his academic career, Rob has served a number of congregations as Moderator, Supply Pastor, Designated Pastor, and Associate Pastor. He is a leader within our denomination’s Peacemaking Program, has written on social justice issues including marriage equality, and has participated directly in social witness actions on issues including nuclear weapons and national borders.

One of Rob’s unique gifts is his way of bringing the insights of academic theology to all the people of God in the pew. He is an impassioned advocate for the Gospel in the gritty realities of modern life. His preaching is original, incisive, Biblically grounded, relatable, and uplifting.

Rob is married to Rebecca Hoch, and they have four children.

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