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Atlanta, Georgia 30318
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Reverend Alfred J. Hoard
Reverend Alfred J. Hoard  
Born February 27, 1948 in Griffin, GA to Douglas and Helen Hoard.  Raised in Griffin he was educated in the Griffin-Spalding County School System.  At the age of 7 he began to
attend Heck Chapel Methodist Church (Now Faith UMC) under the pastorate of Rev. J. N. Shopshire.  Reverend Hoard gave his life to Christ at the age of 12 and received his local
preaching license shortly after his 13th birthday.  During his high school years he became a member of the NAACP and participated in the civil rights marches and sit-ins in Griffin.  
During these years he also participated in the high school marching and concert bands directed by Mr. Rufus Tucker. Upon graduating for Fairmount Senior High School in 1966,  
Reverend Hoard enrolled in Clark College and graduated in 1970 with a BA degree and a double major in Psychology, Religion and Philosophy.  While in college he affiliated with
the King’s Memorial UMC under Rev. C. I. Smith and later Rev. Walter A. Perry, Sr., and helped with the youth, taught Sunday School, and assisted with worship.

Graduating from Clark College in 1970 he entered Gammon Theological Seminary and began working on a Master of Divinity in Church and Society.  During the merger of the
Georgia and the North GA Conferences of the UMC in 1971, he was ordained a deacon and appointed to his first church as pastor, New Hope UMC on Hemphill School Road in
Adamsville.  He completed his Master of Divinity Degree in 1973 and was placed on probationary status for two years.  At the end of this period, in 1975 Reverend Hoard was
ordained a full elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Thus becoming the first black person to be ordained both deacon and elder in the
North Georgia Conference as referenced in last February’s Black History edition of the North Georgia Advocate.

Rev. Hoard has pastored Churches in urban and rural settings throughout North Georgia.
He was very active in the work of various conference committees assigned to him, and the
North Georgia Ministries Fellowship w
here he served three years as president.  In 1985 he was appointed to Urban Action Ministries (Now Action Ministries), as director of the
Churches In Changing Communities Program for five years.  During those years he became involved with SEJUWN [pronounced See-jun], the Southeastern Jurisdiction Urban
Workers Network, and served as secretary and later president. He also is a long time member of BMCR, Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  Having completed 39 years of
pastoral services in the North Georgia Conference Reverend Alfred Hoard has come to serve as pastor of New Spirit United Methodist Church.

He was married to the late Mrs. Margaret Franklin Hoard, director of the Bethlehem Senior Center in S.E. Atlanta.  God has blessed them with two daughters:  Ms. Sylvia E. Hoard,
attorney at law, and Ms. Angelyn J. Hoard, a 2010 graduate of Georgia College and State University.  They all live in Ellenwood, GA.

Senior Pastor
Reverend Alfred J. Hoard