Dr. J. Jeffrey Hoover is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving in the area of education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1979.
Dr. Hoover is currently a professor in the theological college of Katanga Methodist University and assists in the library. He is also director of the University of Lubumbashi libraries, a system of 11 facilities, and works with other institutions on their collections and their efficiencies.
Jeff is deeply committed to the development of a viable United Methodist-related university at Mulungwishi, which can help address the critical needs of the Congo that are emerging after years of government oppression and warfare. In a country where French is the principal international language, a Congolese university can effectively serve the needs of its country as an institution for English-speaking Africa.
For the past several years, Jeff has acted as a scholarship manager for graduates of the Jamaa Letu Orphanages who are in college through the assistance of the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference in the United States and the Vancouver United Methodist Foundation in Washington State.
Jeff continues to maintain his ties with the public University of Lubumbashi, one of the three Congolese state universities that for two decades had a monopoly on higher education. He teaches pre-colonial African history, the field of his research, and is also interested in Bantu historical linguistics and social anthropology. He continues to concentrate on teaching beginning undergraduates, as well as assisting with the development of Congolese staff.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Hoover has also served as a consultant to government and international organizations involved with development projects in Katanga province. From 1985 to 1992 he served as administrative director of a medical infrastructure project with the cooperation of USAID, the then Zairian government, and several Christian denominations, all managed by the Southern Congo Annual Conference.
Dr. Hoover received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and biology from Luther College in 1969, and earned his Master of Philosophy degree in 1972 and his Doctor of Philosophy in African history in 1978, both from Yale University.
He is married to Dr. Ellen Titus Hoover, also a United Methodist missionary serving in the DRC. They have a daughter, Jane D’silva, and two sons, Jeremy and Mark.
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