In January 1950, at the age of 9, Pastor Hoke was baptized in Jesus Name, under the leadership of Dr. B. J. Goode (deceased) at Bethel Church. At age 15 he received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and four years later he was called to the ministry.
Pastor Hoke graduated from Pershing High School in 1959. In 1967 he attended the Hallmark School of Business. He served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army from 1963-1965. After the tour of duty, Pastor Hoke worked as a furniture finisher and drapery hanger for J. L. Hudson.
In 1969 he married the love of his life, Sis. Edna Kaylene Morris. Four years later, in 1973, the couple received an unexpected addition, three to be exact. The pastor took in his sister, Lucylle (deceased), and her three small children and raised them as his own when she went on to be with the Lord. In 1984, the pitter patter of little feet had enturned into the Hoke’s household, with the birth of Sis. Ashley Kaylene Hoke, the Pastor & First Lady’s only biological child.
In 1969 the Pastor began entrepreneurship as a full service station owner, which lasted for 20 years, and in church, was just as faithful working in various positions, such as; a Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent, Deacon/Trustee, Choir Director, young minister and a great assistant pastor to his father, the late District Elder H. J. Hoke, for many years.
Suffragan Bishop Hoke has served in the Northern District Council as head of the License and Credential Renewal Committee for about 6 years. He was appointed as the assistant treasurer of the NDC in 1992, and later elected as Treasurer in 1994. This office includes being a member of the Advisory Board of the Council. Pastor C. D. Hoke was elevated from Elder to District Elder in the March Council of 1996, by the late Bishop William Burrel Sr. to serve in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. We are happy to say that promotion neither comes from the east nor the west, but from the Lord. As District Elder, he served on the Northern District Council’s Advisory Board, was the auxiliary director of the NDC Nurses Guiled, and he wass the District Elder of District #10. He was later promoted to Suffragan Bishop by Bishop Gary Harper, and currently serves in the Ghana Council, US District. The Lord has promoted, and richly blessed our Pastor because of his faithfulness!
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.; But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
Suffragan Bishop C. D. Hoke is founder & pastor of Apostolic Church of Jesus. The Lord laid it upon his heart, at the suggestion of his wife, to start the church in the basement of his home. The first service was held in their home in March of 1990. The first service at 15129 W. 8 mile rd. was held on Easter Sunday in 1990. We are currently worshipping at 19640 Plymouth rd.