A sansei, or third generation Japanese-American, Robert Tsugio Hoshibata was born and raised in Hawaii. He learned to know Jesus Christ and grew to love the church through the ministry of Wahiawa United Methodist Church in the plantation town of Wahiawa. At age 14, Bob made a commitment to enter the ordained ministry of The United Methodist Church. From that moment, the church occupied much of Bob’s time as energy and he discovered and utilized gifts God had given him for ministry.
Following graduation from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, with a B.A. with high honors, Bob studied at the Claremont School of Theology where he graduated with a D.Min. degree. While in seminary, Bob was named a Crusade Scholar and ordained deacon. After graduating from seminary, Bob was appointed to serve the North Gardena United Methodist Church and was ordained elder. After 7 years in North Gardena, Bob moved to the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference, where for 14 years, he served as senior pastor for the Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington. At the invitation of Bishop Elias G. Galvan, Bob was appointed Seattle District Superintendent until his election to the episcopacy in July of 2004 by the Western Jurisdictional Conference.
Bob has served as a member of the World Division of the General Board of Global Ministries, and as a board member of the General Council on Ministries for two quadrennia. He represented the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference at General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 1996, 2000, and 2004. He is assigned to the Phoenix Area.
Bob married Greta E-ling Goo and they have three children: Courtney Mei-ling, Lauren Ai-ling Kimi, and Blake Kenji Goo.
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