Dr. Bill Hogan
I was raised in Little Rock, AR. Since 7th grade I wondered why Christ had to die, and when I was given no clear answers I became an argumentative agnostic. I was converted to Christ under the preaching of Billy Graham while a student at Rice University. His sermon, "Why Christ Died," answered my question, and my life was changed. I was hungry for the study of God's word, and began to sense a call to the ministry. After graduating from Rice I earned ThM degrees from Dallas and Columbia Seminaries, a DMin from Westminster Seminary, and was awarded a DD from Eastern College in St. David's, PA. My doctoral dissertation was entitled "Promoting the Cause of World Missions in the Local Church."
My pastoral ministry began as an assistant at Trinity Presbyterian in Montgomery, AL and at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. Three years later I was challenged to pray about and consider joining Campus Crusade. I was asked to become the regional director for the north eastern U.S., traveling from Maine to KY. During my seventh year on staff I was asked by a layman in a suburb of Philly to teach a couples Bible study when I was not traveling. This study became the embryo for the planting of Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA where I served for 16 years. The Lord blessed and many people came to faith, and introduced others to Christ. The church grew from 16 couples to an attendance of 2400 and a 1m mission budget. A number of people went into full time ministry. When I resigned from COS I was commissioned by the PCA presbytery as Evangelist for the purpose of planting and establishing a PCA church. Thus Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA was born. I had accepted a call to Reformed Seminary Jackson to be professor of preaching. It was my joy to teach at RTS for 10 years. During those years I preached in churches in the area, and then as interim pastor in churches in other parts of the country.
My ministry has been multi-faceted, serving as a Young Life leader during college and seminary, and later ministry with university students. God has given me the privilege of teaching and preaching in other places for which I am thankful. Preaching behind the iron curtain in the mountains of Poland and Yugoslavia to believers in hiding, traveling to China and sharing the joy of believers receiving Bibles for the first time, opportunities for preaching and teaching in Vienna, Canne, Nairobi, Wales and England where I preached in several churches including a series of sermons in Salisbury cathedral, followed by preaching in the Queen's Chapel at Sandringham.
In 2006 I was called to be the interim senior pastor here at IPC. Jane and I are thankful for those months. We were blessed by serving here., and now to be serving here again since our return in 2010 as assistant pastor for the 60+ community is like "coming home." We love IPC, and the city of Memphis where we began our marriage 54 years ago at First Evan, and to come full circle in our 60th year of ministry is a treasure.