On September 29, 2012, the friends and family of Hoyt Moore Cole gathered for a celebration of life at First United Methodist Church in Anchorage, AK. Cole was an attorney who served on The Foundation for Evangelism board of trustees for 17 years.
“It was a privilege to be present for the celebration of Hoyt’s life. His Christ-centered life has made a difference to both those who knew him and those who received the bounty of his good works. His loss is felt throughout the Foundation family,” shared Jane Wood, Executive Director for The Foundation for Evangelism.
Born on March 13, 1926 in Rochester, Texas, Cole was a native of Texas, and a life-long United Methodist. Those remembering him shared stories of his passion for The United Methodist Church, beginning with his origins as a “preacher’s kid” in rural Texas. Later in his life, Mr. Cole became a member of First United Methodist Church of Anchorage, and he and his wife helped establish a Union Church in Libya.
Mr. Cole served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He was in the first group of replacements deployed to Japan after V-J day, and served in the 5th Air Force in Japan.
As a member of The Foundation for Evangelism’s board of trustees, Cole’s work helped to influence national and international evangelism. During his tenure on the board, the Foundation completed the funding of the E. Stanley Jones Professors of Evangelism, established the Denman Fellows and Timothy Scholars programs, and completed pilot programs with Grace Spiritual Leadership Academy and the Partner Church Initiative with United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.