Our Pastors

Reverend Dr. Ralph H. Hoist, III is a native New Yorker and the only son of the late Gertrude Louise and Ralph Hilton Hoist, Jr.  His early education was accomplished through the Board of Education, New York City School System.  Upon leaving school he began working for the United States Postal Service until he was drafted and inducted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War.   Dr. Hoist is married to Reverend Ellen Regina Hoist who serves with him as Co-Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in St. Albans, NY, and is the father of four children: Ralph IV, Danette, William and Easter. He is the proud  grandfather of three: Tajah Rajaa, Kenneth and Bree Michele.

Dr. Hoist’s life took some twists and turns along life’s road.  He started serving in the church, in his youth, as an Episcopal alter boy, and later, after entering adulthood, became a Muslim under Elijah Muhammad and Wallace D. Muhammad believing he was destined to become a Muslim Minister. God knew better and put His hand on him to begin his Christian walk at Memorial Baptist Church, in the village of Harlem, under the spiritual guidance of the late Bishop Preston R. Washington Sr.  His next stop on this road leads him to Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church of Jersey City, New Jersey under Rev. Hugh E. Best, Pastor.  It was here that God elevated Dr. Hoist to serve as the Chairman of the Deacon Board.

Continuing to follow God’s call, Dr. Hoist was lead back to New York City to serve on the Ministerial Staff of The Greater Universal Baptist Church of the Bronx, N.Y., under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Daniel Dupree.  Dr. Hoist was licensed in 2000 and Ordained in 2002 by Dr. Dupree, and given the opportunity to teach the weekly Tuesday night Bible Study for the next four years.  Dr. Hoist served as the Executive Minister and Commissioner of Worship Support until December of 2008.  Dr. Hoist was called to the Pastorship of Bethel Baptist Church on January 1, 2008.  He was installed as the Senior Pastor on March 30, 2008.

Dr. Hoist obtained his theological training at Manhattan Bible Institute (MBI). After going to school at night for eight years, he received a Bachelor’s of Theology Degree in May 2005 and Master’s of Divinity in May of 2006 and his Doctor of Pastoral Theology in June 2013 from Anchor Theological Seminary and Bible Institute, Texarkana, Arkansas. The Fall Semester of 2005, found Dr. Hoist returning to his Alma Mater to join the teaching faculty as an instructor. He is blessed to share his knowledge with others teaching the course on Christian Workers and in 2012 began teaching General Bible II.

Dr. Hoist is the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of St. Albans Queens NY, serves as a Chaplin with the United Chaplin International Worldwide Outreach (U.C.I.W.O.) Inc. and is the Director of the Youth Department. In 2008 he was appointed to serve the U.C.I.W.O. as the 2nd Assistant to the New York State Director.  Another important aspect of his chaplaincy was the service he provided for BronxConnect, a ministry of the Urban Youth Alliance.  For this organization, Dr. Hoist worked as a volunteer mentor with troubled youth, and was a recruiter for men and women seeking to become mentors to young men and women who needed positive role models in their lives until the program closed for lack of funding.

Dr. Hoist’s life scripture comes from the book of Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.”

              Delivered on Valentine’s Day to Mamie Ellen and the late Willie Kenneth Sheppard, Sr., Rev. Hoist, a native New Yorker and the eldest of three daughters, received her call to the ministry on an operating room table in January of 1998.

Rev. Regina is the Co-Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in St Albans, NY where she labors in team ministry with her husband and Pastor Ralph H. Hoist, III. She considers it a humbling honor and privilege to be called to this high position of service for God to His people.

Rev. Regina began her Christian journey at Memorial Baptist Church where she became a member and was baptized, together with her daughter Danette, by the   late Bishop Preston R. Washington, Sr. in the early 1980’s.  The Rev remained a member of Memorial until she moved to New Jersey and the Greater Tabernacle Baptist Church in Jersey City under Pastor Hugh E. Best. The Lord’s need of her at Greater Tabernacle included serving as the Church Clerk, Superintendent of the Sunday School, and secretary of the Deaconess Ministry.

Rev Regina’s journey after six years returned her back to New York to The Greater Universal Baptist Church in the Bronx where she served and was blessed to be ordained by her Pastor Reverend Dr. Daniel Dupree. Her service in this Christian venue included being a member of the Ministerial Team, Commissioner of Christian Education, Coordinator of the Health Ministry and active member of the Women’s Fellowship which served to prepare her for the Lord’s current need of her at Bethel Baptist Church in St Albans, NY.

Rev. Regina’s Christian service extends beyond her leadership and service to her Bethel Baptist Church family to include the Christian community at large. She is the past President of the Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows Alliance of Newark New Jersey and Vicinity, local chapter, now a member of New Birth Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows, and participates in this organization on the state level serving as the Dean of Education for the state of New Jersey.  Rev. Regina was privileged to serve the International Association of Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows, Interdenominational as a member of the teaching faculty for eight years. She has also taught for the state of New Jersey Annual Baptist Convention, is a member of the Queens Pastor’s Network and the Ecumenical Federation of Queens Pastors.

Rev. Regina is a Registered Nurse and holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Master’s of Science Degrees and a Doctoral Equivalency from The City University of New York (CUNY) system. Prof. Hoist (as she is known by her students) is the Director of the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Bronx Community College since 1991, teaching both RN and LPN students, is a tenured Full Professor and serves in the leadership role as the Deputy Chairperson of The Department of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Bronx Community College.

Rev Regina’s service goes on to include service to the Greater New York City area where she is a member of the Medical Reserves Corp an organization devoted to meeting the cities needs during disasters and emergencies. With her spare time, Rev. Regina is a board member on the Bronx Lebanon Hospital MLK Ambulatory Care Center’s Board of Directors, and is the Chairperson of the Council of Practical Nurse Programs of New York State (CPNPNYS).

Pastor Regina has purposed the remainder of her life to the study, preaching and teaching of God’s Word, to being a devoted and faithful servant of God, wife, mother and grandmother, and to introducing and helping others come to know and faithfully serve the Lord. To this end, she has received certification in evangelism from The Manhattan Bible Institute, in New York City. Pastor Regina has completed two years of seminary work in the Master of Divinity Degree program at Drew University’s Theological School in Madison New Jersey and looks forward to the appointed time when she will return to school to complete her studies.

 Many scriptures have captured Pastor Regina’s heart, however, the ones that are her foundation builders and sacred to her life and spiritual strength are, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me;” together with “Be yea transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Co-Pastor ER Hoist, as she is affectionately called by her Bethel Family, lives by the principle that was scared to her late father, “If I can help somebody along the way, then I would not have lived my life in vain.”  

Pastors Ralph and Regina are blessed to have four wonderful children, Ralph IV, Danette Ellen, William III, Funlayo Easter and three precious grandchildren, Tajah, Kenneth and Bree.

To God be the glory for the great things He hath done.
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