Our Pastoral Ministry
John and Colette Hoff, founding pastors, served jointly until John's retirement in 2013.
In addition to providing spiritual leadership to Convocation, they have coached and counseled individuals and families in relationships of all kinds for the past 40 years.
Mary Colette Hoff, M.Ed
Colette is a professional educator and counselor with extensive experience in adult and family education. She uses community as a method and context for human growth and development. Her work is valued by both men and women. She also has a recognized vocation for working with women and women’s spirituality and teaching about the divine feminine.
Prior to earning her Master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Christian Counseling Service, Colette spent 10 years providing nutritional counseling and motivational workshops for the NW Lipid Research Clinic. She has 37 years’ experience attending and facilitating the annual Human Relations Laboratory.
In 2000, she was ordained as a pastor by Convocation: A Church and Ministry, an interfaith approach to spirituality. Colette is a coach to many and a trustworthy guide for relationships for individuals, marriages, and families.
Dr. John Lawrence Hoff, ThD
Until he retired in 2013, John served as Convocation’s beloved senior pastor, teacher, and counselor. Convocation and the Goodenough Community carry forward John’s life’s work and passion for creating community as an environment for growing good people. John’s enduring legacy is clearly visible in the work of Convocation and the life of the Goodenough Community, as well as in the lives of the many individuals who have felt the benefit of John’s presence and his teaching.
Even in retirement, through his own life and faith, John continues to teach compassion and the value of relationship.
John received his doctorate in theology and pastoral care from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ (1961) and trained by the National Training Laboratories (NTL Institute). With his wife Colette, John founded the Goodenough Community (1981) and served as a founding, central leader until his retirement.
John and Colette Hoff were married in 1980 and have four children and three grandchildren.