I was born and raised in Western Colorado. Both of my parents, John and Minnie Hogan, were converts to the RLDS church, because someone cared enough to share the Restoration gospel with them. My two sisters and I grew up in the church in Grand Junction, Colorado. My dad was district president several years and helped with the building of the church campgrounds at Cedaredge during the 1960’s.
At age 18, I left home to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where I received a bachelor’s degree in biology. I then attended dental school at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. After graduation in 1973, I accepted a general practice dental residency at the Veteran’s Administration in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was there that I met my future wife, Beckie. We lived in Chillicothe, Ohio for 3 years after marriage, and then had a job transfer to Muskogee, Oklahoma where there was a small church congregation with dedicated saints. Our daughters, Rachael and Lauren were both born in Muskogee (true Okies from Muskogee!).
When I became eligible to retire from the VA Beckie and I felt the urgings to gather to the Centerplace. My folks were living in Oklahoma at that time, also. With the Lord’s help we were able to sell two homes and relocate to Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 2007. A year later Rachael and Lauren were finished with college and moved to Missouri. We all affiliated with First Congregation where many of our longtime friends attend.
Since 1969, I have served in the priesthood offices of deacon, elder, and high priest and served on the standing high council. In June of 2019, I was set apart as counselor to the prophet/president of the church. Beckie and I are charter members of the Remnant Church. I had spent several years as pastor of the Muskogee, Oklahoma Restoration Branch plus was pastor at First congregation of the Remnant Church.
Like many of you who have Gathered to the Centerplace, I am happy to be here where we can meet regularly with those who are looking forward to, and preparing for, the coming of Zion and the return of our Lord. We know that as long as we live in this world, we will have trials. It is my testimony that God is, and He loves us, and that He desires that we have joy in our lives as we seek to serve Him.