In memoriam: The Reverend Hoyt Hickman

September 8th, 2016

Hoyt Hickman was the first Dean of all United Methodist liturgists. Hoyt introduced The United Methodist Church to the latest and best of all ecumenical worship resources. He literally changed how United Methodists worship.

Hoyt grew up in a faithful Methodist home. His father was a member of the denomination’s Judicial Council. He began his ministry in Pennsylvania, but his love of worship took him away from a local congregation to establish the first worship desk in our church.  

With the creation of The General Board of Discipleship in 1972, Hoyt answered worship questions and created resources for our church. Over the next thirty years, he created the sixteen volume “Supplemental Worship Resources” series that introduced our denomination to Word and Table, the ecumenical lectionary, services of death and resurrection, Songs of Zion, and more. With wonderful friends such as Jim White, Don Saliers, and Larry Stookey, Hoyt created a whole host of worship services for the seasons of the Christian year.  

The apex of Hoyt’s career was his leadership to craft the liturgies in our United Methodist Hymnal and United Methodist Book of Worship. All of those documents were created first on Hoyt’s computer and became his greatest accomplishment.  

Martha was his beloved wife, and he celebrated her own success as an author. Their children were a constant source of joy and proud conversation.

Rest in peace good friend. Worship God with all the angels. Your good works shall always follow you.

Andy Langford was the successor to Hoyt as the Assistant General Secretary of Worship at the General Board of Discipleship. Hoyt was his mentor and friend. 

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