The Rt. Rev. James “Jim” Hobby
On September 10, 2016, Jim Hobby was consecrated Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, to succeed Archbishop Robert Duncan. Previous ministry experiences, as an Episcopal and Anglican priest (in small and large churches) in the Dioceses of Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Florida and Gulf-Atlantic, were part of his preparation for his new ministry role.
Bishop Hobby was born the oldest of three children to Bobbie and Jim Hobby in Atlanta. His dad, Jim Sr., primarily worked for the General Electric Service Shop Division. In that capacity they moved often, living outside of large cities in the Northeast US.
Bishop Hobby graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 1979 with a BA in Christian Education. Seminary followed at Gordon-Conwell (MA) and then Trinity School for Ministry (PA), where he received his M.Div. in 1985. He has stayed connected to the academy through adjunct teaching at Trinity School for Ministry, Thomasville University (GA) and as Professor of Record for the Perspectives Course. Teaching and preaching are passions of his, whether academic courses or in the parish context.
Another passion of Bishop Hobby is missions, particularly in spreading the Gospel of Jesus to those who have never heard it in their particular culture or language, fulfilling the Great Commission. He has served as the US Mobilization Director for Global Teams, a mission sending agency, and as the Director of Ethne Mission Networking and Equipping.
His greatest passion, next to his relationship with the Lord, is his family. He married his co-heart, Sharon “Shari” Elliott, in 1980. This union has brought much joy to them and to many others, particularly their children and grandchildren. As of 2017, daughter Elizabeth Joy (and Daniel) Hooker, have two sons: Isaiah and Joshua. Daughter Katherine (and Jonathan) Folkert, have four children: Darren, Eleanor “Ellie”, Gordon (d.2014) and Margaret “Maggie”. Daughter Angela Grace (and Josh) Jones have one daughter, Macie Jane.
Though the nomination to become the Bishop of Pittsburgh came as a total surprise to Bishop Hobby, he is enjoying the spiritual leadership challenges in this position. He covets your prayers for wisdom and discernment as he continues to faithfully follow the Lord in leading this diocese.