Hoag Departs Denver Seminary to Finish Doctoral Work

  • Jun 11, 2009


Director of Communications

Littleton, CO, June 11, 2009 – After seven years at the helm of Denver Seminary’s Advancement Department, Gary Hoag has decided to give primary attention to completing his doctoral work starting July 1, 2009. Hoag is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Trinity College in Bristol, England.

Hoag began his tenure at Denver Seminary in the fall of 2002 as Vice President of Advancement. He built and has successfully led a team of five full-time staff responsible for Seminary relations and communications, alumni and church relations, event services and development. This team is responsible for advancing the mission and vision of the Seminary to both internal and external constituents.

Under Hoag’s leadership the foundation was laid for raising up givers to be rich towards God. This includes developing an approach to fundraising that is based in helping friends of the Seminary understand what it means to be true stewards of the resources God has given them. Through this transformational approach to development, Hoag and his team raised over $20 million in his seven-year tenure, including a successful campaign to build the Seminary’s 20-acre, 7-building campus.

In viewing Advancement as more than merely fundraising, Hoag built a team whose reputation and integrity caused them to earn the 2008 Christian Stewardship Association’s award for Outstanding Development Practice by a Ministry. It was also Hoag’s vision that led to the development of the communications department at Denver Seminary, and under his leadership, the new department completely overhauled the Seminary’s website, winning numerous accolades and awards, brought consistency to the Seminary’s publications, improved the quality and content of the quarterly magazine, and introduced the Seminary to the world of social media marketing and networking.

“Gary set his personal standards very high, and he challenged and encouraged the Advancement team to meet him there. These high standards are based on the biblical model for stewardship and so inspired this small team to work at very high capacity for the glory of God,” says Brian Fort, Director of Development. “It has been an honor and privilege to work with him, and we as a team wish him success in the pursuit of his Ph.D.”

Hoag is currently the chair of The Development and Institutional Advancement Program (DIAP) steering committee. He is on the national board of Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA). He has authored numerous articles on stewardship and contributed to Revolution in Generosity and The Stewardship Study Bible (not yet released). While at Denver Seminary, he also developed an intensive course in Stewardship and Resource Development which has become the model for similar programs at other seminaries.

About Denver Seminary - Denver Seminary seeks to glorify God by equipping leaders to think biblically, live faithfully and lead wisely for a lifetime. Founded in 1950, Denver Seminary is an interdenominational, evangelical graduate seminary serving men and women from around the world. In its 58 year history, the Seminary has gained the reputation as one of the top 20 schools in size among accredited, graduate-level seminaries in the U.S. and Canada and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Currently, more than 900 students are enrolled in the Seminary’s Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Ministry degree programs. For more information about Denver Seminary, please visit www.denverseminary.edu.