"It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our colleague and friend the Rev. Canon Charles Robinson as he retires after many years of loyal and valiant service to The Episcopal Church and to the Diocese of Southern Virginia," said Bishop Magness. "At the same time we joyfully greet the Rev. Roy Hoffman who will become the next Canon to the Bishop Diocesan. With his exceptional qualifications, Roy will be a significant and positive addition to our excellent diocesan staff."
A native Virginian, Hoffman is in his twenty-fifth year of ordained ministry. As an Episcopal priest serving in the Navy Chaplain Corps, he has coordinated broad-based religious ministries programs on ships and ashore in the U.S. and the United Kingdom and mentored chaplains from a range of backgrounds and creeds. During his most recent tenure as senior chaplain at Naval Base San Diego, he has overseen a team of ordained clergy and support personnel providing pastoral and spiritual support to 38,000 people and the crews of 54 homeported ships while delivering worship services spanning seven faith traditions.
Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University, where he studied forestry, and a law degree from the University of Georgia. He practiced law for several years in Tennessee and subsequently taught law at the University of Cincinnati and Loyola University Chicago.
Before earning his Master of Divinity at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, he devoted six years to urban ministry as a Franciscan friar. Once ordained, he served Episcopal congregations in Knoxville, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.
While living in the United Kingdom, Hoffman earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation and studied at Oxford. To hone strategic planning skills he earned a Master of Arts degree in 2012 and holds certificates in Spiritual Care in Crisis Intervention from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response from the United Nations. He is a certified trainer in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and a Guardian Quest Diversity Champion committed to bridging racial and cultural divides.
Hoffman is a Cherokee citizen and a member of the worldwide Community of the Cross of Nails. A devoted father to his delightful daughter Ruby, age 15, he and Ruby enjoy the outdoors, music, theater, biking, playing with their four-year-old dog Wendy, and setting out on new adventures.
Hoffman said, "I am humbled and delighted to be called to serve the Diocese of Southern Virginia, which has been my home as an Episcopal priest since 2004 though I have spent virtually all of my ministry since then in places as far flung as the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the D.C. area, New England, and California. God has been faithful through it all, and I hope and pray that the experience has enabled me to grow day by day in my faithfulness to God."