Posted November 22, 2022

The Rev. Carl F. (C.F.) Hoffman was recognized at the November Beaver-Butler Presbytery meeting. After 20 years, C.F. has retired as pastor to First Church in Darlington and The Galilean Church in New Galilee. 

In both congregations C.F. ranks in the top three for the longest serving pastor. Elder Denny Krebs has tallied that he has given a total of 1,712 sermons—856 per church. Denny also points out that serving the two churches—both with very different personalities—meant two session meetings, two trustee meetings, and two deacons meetings per month. C.F. worked hard to stay on top and church members would not be surprised by an email sent after midnight.

C.F. didn’t start out as a pastor, however. After graduating Westminster College, he went to work at his family’s Auto Parts Store in Butler. Eventually he was responsible for the management of personnel, purchasing, finances, marketing and customer relations.

Then C.F. felt the call to ministry and enrolled in Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. While there he served as student pastor to Friendship Parish from 1998 until 2002.

Also during his seminary years, a seven week mission trip to Kenya, Africa in which he worked as a library assistant at Presbyterian College was particularly meaningful. C.F. also served as a theological delegate to the 213th (2001) General Assembly.

C.F. graduated in 2002 and was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament at his home church, St. Andrews in Butler, on September 22 of that year. Then on October 6, in two separate services, he was installed at First and The Galilean churches.

In addition to serving his churches well, C.F. has also taken part in important committee work for the presbytery. He served on the Christian Education Committee, the Congregational Development and Leadership Committee and the Mission and Compassion Ministry Unit. For many years C.F. cared for the Refreshing Springs Mission Church by serving on the steering committee. He is currently a member of the Exploratory Mission Team addressing a new worshiping community in Ambridge.

His churches will remember him for his wholehearted laugh, his organized planning (lots of sticky notes) and the youth room in his home equipped with air hockey, pool table, ping pong table and more. 

Denny remarks that “for 20 years C.F. married us, baptized us, buried us, taught us, preached the Word to us, encouraged us, ministered to us and was a friend and a brother.” 

Thank you, C.F., for your service to our Lord and for being that friend and brother to so many of us. We pray God’s blessings on you and your wife, Colleen, in your retirement.