The Rev. Dr. T.D. Skip Hodges is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries assigned to work with the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia (EMCB).
While small in total number, the church in Bolivia is increasingly active among the indigenous, highly diverse populations. It has 31 national pastors, 170 organized congregations, and another 50 mission congregations. There are strong ties between the Bolivian Methodists and several annual conferences in the United States.
Skip Hodges both promotes the work in Bolivia and coordinates the contacts between the church and the United-Methodist-Volunteer-In-Mission teams. He also relates to the wide range of Advance projects in Bolivia.
Born in Hereford, Texas, Skip attended McMurry College (now University) in Abilene, receiving his B.A. in 1988. He went on to attend Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, graduating in 1992, and then received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, in 2009.
Skip is a clergy member of the New Mexico Annual Conference, and served as a pastor of five United Methodist charges in New Mexico, Northwest Texas, and Kentucky over a 20-year period. He earlier was engaged in television production. Skip is also a certified emergency medical technician.
"I can't remember a time in my life that the Gospel message wasn't there," Skip says. "My mother always made sure we were in church, and her living the faith before us was foundational. I received my call into ministry at church camp when I was 12 years old….In the last couple of years I have sensed a change in that call that has led me to seek the role of a full-time missionary with Global Ministries." Mission trips were also pivotal in his Christian formation: "I have been transformed and blessed and seen so many others blessed by short-term missions."
For more information on the Advance-related ministries of the church in Bolivia, go online to http://www.iemb.cc/09Advance.html.
: New Mexico Annual Conference
, Northwest Texas Annual Conference
, Oklahoma Annual Conference
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