Billy Graham Center

Brief Chronology of Events in the Life of Donald Edwin Hoke

June 18 , 1919

Born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Edwin Floyd and Edith Mary (Dingle)

1939-1947 Part-time reporter for the newspapers Chicago Tribune and Elgin Courier News.


Received his B. A. degree (cum laude) from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA. One of his class mates was Billy Graham.


Founder and first pastor of South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA.

1942 Ordained to ministry in the Evangelical Church


Associate editor and then Asian Editor, Christian Life magazine.


Received his M. A. degree from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA.
July 20, 1945 Married Martha Cowan. They had two sons, Donald Edwin Jr. and Stephen.
1947-1952 Assistant to the President, Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina , USA.
1950 Played key part in bringing a Billy Graham evangelistic campaign to Columbia, South Carolina, USA (The meeting was February 19-March 12)
1952-1973 Missionary to Japan with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM)
1955-1973 Professor at the Japan Bible Seminary, Tokyo, Japan.
1955-1957, 1970-1972 President, The Evangelical Missionary Association of Japan. (He was also was one of the founders of and served as president of, Japan Association of Evangelical Theological Schools.)


President, Japan Christian College, Tokyo, Japan (Renamed Tokyo Christian College in 1966 after it was accredited)

1956 Played a key role in bringing a series of Billy Graham evangelistic rallies to Japan in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka (February 18-25)
1959 Received an honorary doctorate from Wheaton College
1962 Wrote, with Paul B. Peterson and L. LaVerne Donaldson, Refugee! : The seething cauldron of political victims in trouble spots around the world. The book was published by Moody Press.
1966 Participant in the 1966 World Congress on Evangelism held in Berlin, Germany. He also helped with the selection of the other participants from Japan.
1967 Played a key role in bringing a Billy Graham evangelistic campaign to Tokyo, Japan (October 20-29)


Director, International Congress on World Evangelization held in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 16-25, 1974.

1974-1978 Director of the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA.
1975 Edited The Church in Asia. The book was published by Moody Press.


Member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. This group continued the work of the 1974 congress. He served as treasurer of the committee.

1978 Edited Evangelicals face the future : scenarios, addresses, and responses from the "Consultation on Future Evangelical Concerns" held in Atlanta, Georgia, December 14-17, 1977. The book was published by the William Carey Library.


Pastor of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.

1981 Speaker at the American Festival of Evangelism in Kansas City, Missouri, USA (Festival was held July 27-30)


Served as deputy chairman of the Second International Congress on World Evangelization, Second, Manila, Philippines (also called Lausanne II)

1989 Donald and Martha Hoke were named Distinguished Alumnus of Wheaton College.
  Served on the boards of Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Radio station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador; Missions to the World; Christ College, Taiwan; Samaritan's Purse; John Guest Evangelistic Association

November 14, 2006

Died after a long illness.

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