Elva Johnson Hoover, 97, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017.
Mrs. Hoover was born November 23,1919, in Hughes County, Oklahoma, and grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. From early childhood she felt God’s call to the ministry, and trained at Southwestern Bible School. Upon graduation in 1941 she went as a home missionary to the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky where she served for five years. Ordained to the ministry in 1945, she became pastor of the Assemblies of God church in Earlington, KY. She later served the church in Brooten, MN.
She was also a freelance writer, and in 1950 was invited to the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield, MO, to write curricular materials for Sunday school teachers and stories for various age levels. She was later asked to write promotional materials, including a book, for the denomination’s Home Missions and Benevolences Departments. Her writing caught the attention of the editor of the Pentecostal Evangel who invited her to serve as editorial assistant for the weekly periodical.
In 1960 she became national representative for the Women’s Ministries Department. In that capacity she edited a quarterly leadership magazine and traveled as a speaker in district women’s retreats and other functions. In 1963 she married Mario G. Hoover and adopted his three sons, ages 7, 10, and 12. She took leave from her work for five years in order to make a home for the children. During this time she took freelance assignments from various headquarters departments.
She returned to the Assemblies of God headquarters in 1968 to serve as Public Relations Assistant for the denomination. She later was appointed Special Assignment Editor in the Church School Literature Department. There she developed Vacation Bible School materials and started a magazine for Children’s Church leaders. In 1973 she earned a BA degree in Communications at Evangel University.
In 1976 she was named National Secretary of the church’s Women’s Ministries Department and served in that capacity for the last ten years before her retirement. In this position she was founding editor of the Woman’s Touch magazine. In addition to administrative duties she ministered in retreats, conventions, and seminars in more than 45 districts in the U.S. as well as several countries in Africa and South America.
In connection with her work with the Assemblies of God, she also served as chairwoman for women’s and editorial committees in the Pentecostal Fellowship of North America and the Pentecostal World Conference.
Since retiring with her husband Mario to Lakeland in 1989, she attended Southside Assembly of God and enjoyed participating in church activities. She also edited several books and assisted her husband in his writing and translation work. She and her husband traveled in ministry to several South American countries, including Chile, his native country.