West Union First Assembly Of God

Meet Our Church Staff! 

    Rev. Joe Hoggard, Lead Pastor 

Pastor Joe Staff Pic   Rev. Joe Hoggard is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and a 1990 graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.  He holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries with a minor in Missions.  He married his wife, Laura in 1989 and together they have three children.  Since 1991, Pastor Joe has led congregations in West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida. He is a past member of the Appalachian District Assemblies of God Presbytery, and is also a graduate of the Assemblies of God's National Leadership Institute.  He currently serves as an instructor at the Appalachian District School of Ministry (ADSOM).




Rev. Laura Hoggard, Minister of Music 

Pastor Laura Staff Pic   Rev. Laura Hoggard is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and is a 1994 graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.  She holds a B.A. in Sacred Music and a Standard Teachers Diploma from the Evangelical Teachers Association.  Laura has served alongside her husband, Joe, as they have pastored congregations in three states.  She is the former Women's Ministries Director for the Appalachian District, overseeing Women's Ministries for  over 100 churches in two states.   She has also worked extensively in Christian Education, including past service as the Principal of Houston County Christian Academy in Erin, Tennessee.








Articles & Resources for Church Workers

  • Starting a Greeter Program
    Four years ago I accepted the challenge of evangelism chairperson for our church. One of the first programs the pastor and I developed was the Sunday morning greeter program.
  • Motivating the Right Person into the Right Ministry
    One of the greatest challenges for most leaders is selecting and motivating the right people into the right ministry positions in hopes of minimizing turnover and frustration. Even in the smaller church with limited personnel, it is important to coordinate people and ministry as much as possible.
    “I tried, but no one ever called me” are painful words for a leader who has much work to do and not enough people willing to do it. These words are painful for the person who wanted to contribute, but was never called. These are also painful words for a person who is committed to helping people connect and contribute in meaningful ways within the church.