Robert Hoskins, Jr.


I was born in Norfolk, Va. With three older sisters to keep a watchful eye upon me during those early years. My father worked for the Seaboard Airline Railroad and mom managed our home and family. My dad, Robert N. Hoskins Sr.—called Bob—was originally from Iowa. Dad was a leader in his field of "forestry" and worked for the railroad I believe for 38 years and retired from the SCL which now is the CSX. Mom moved from Illinois where she was a Jones girl to Norfolk, Va. and served in the Coast Guard during WWII.

Our family moved to Richmond with the Seaboard changing its home base in 1956-57. My home was on Cornwall Rd. in the West End (Henrico County) only 3 blocks from the University of Richmond. I grew up in Trinity UMC on Forest Ave.

I attended Tuckahoe Elementary, Tuckahoe Jr. High, then graduated from Douglas Freeman High School. I did my undergraduate work at the
University of Richmond. While there I received a B.A. degree in Teaching with a concentration in Health & Physical Education and Driver's Education. I taught for 16 years at J. R. Tucker High School located on 2910 Parham Road. During this time I coached 44 different athletic teams. (Varsity Boys Soccer, Boys Cross Country, 9th & 10th grade Basketball, Indoor Track, & Boys Tennis). While teaching I ran intramurals, had sponsored the Key Club, the Safety club, was "Marrying Sam" for years at the Sadie-Hawkins dance, and did many other things when asked at the school.

During my coaching days, I worked in the evenings at receiving my Masters in Education from the University of Richmond as well. During my 4 years at the U of Richmond and during my 16 years of teaching I was heavily involved as a volunteer in "Young Life" ministry to high school age students. Within this ministry, I led many young life clubs, bible studies, and attended many weekend and summer camps. God allowed me to form some very special friendships over the years with young folks in sharing with them having a relationship with Jesus and growing in that friendship.

When called to teach an adult Sunday School class at what was then "little" Shady Grove UMC in Short Pump, I both attended worship and helped with numerous activities during about a 10 to 11 year period. I was a full time Sunday School Teacher, was a VP with the United Methodist Men, Helped to restart the church's UMYF, and then served as Lay Leader within the church.

With God's calling to full time church ministry, I attended Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Va. and am currently an Elder in the United Methodist Church. During seminary I pastored a 4 point charge in the Eagle Rock area of Virginia for 4 years. From there I served a 3 point charge in South side Virginia for almost 4 years called the McKenney Charge just south of Petersburg, Va. in Dinwiddie County. Most recently I have served Clover Hill UMC just outside Dayton, Va. for the last 11 & 1/3 years.

With my recent move to Woodstock, Va. on June 26, 2013, I am enjoying meeting folks from both the church and the community. I am trusting Jesus to guide me and help me as I begin a new adventure in the ministry God has called me to be in.

Over the past 7 or 8 years I have been involved in mentoring folks at the district level who have been called into the ministry. With these young men and women, I seek to help them in the area of "call" and prepare them to become certified candidates so they can proceed on what has become a long process towards the vocation of Minister within the United Methodist Church.

During the 20 years of being a United Methodist Pastor, I have enjoyed writing my own studies on at least 26 books of the bible. Performing weddings for former students/athletes from my past and family members has been most rewarding. Baptisms, Weddings, leading Bible Studies, Preaching, Working on Mission Trips, Helping with the Youth, and just sharing Jesus with folks with whom God places in my daily path have been areas of blessings and joy for me and things have helped me to grow as a Disciple of Jesus.

Most recently being a part of a regular time of weekly prayer and now am leading a weekly time of prayer at the church has helps me to tap into the great power God intends for us to have as we live each day for him and share his love and message of forgiveness and grace with a hungry and misdirected world.

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