Life and career
Hoskins was a graduate of Illinois College before earning a doctorate at Yale Divinity School in 1932. Hoskins served as pastor in Jacksonville, Illinois and at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa before succeeding Albert Buckner Coe as minister of First Congregational Church in Oak Park, Illinois in 1950.
He oversaw the merger of Congregational Christian Churches with the Evangelical and Reformed Church into the United Church of Christ in 1961. Hoskins died at Nassau Hospital in Mineola, New York after having a heart attack at his Garden City, New York church office.
The Hoskins Visitorship was established at Yale Divinity School in 1967 in memory of Hoskins, and the Fred Hoskins Christian Influence Award at Illinois College was also named in his honor.
- Staff report (Jan 8, 1950). Inaugural Sermon to be Preached by Oak Park Minister. Chicago Daily Tribune
- Dugan, George (July 4, 1961). 2 Churches Merge Today in Ceremony Joining 2,000,000. New York Times
- Staff report (April 21, 1966). DR. FRED HOSKINS OF UNITED CHURCH; Former Head of Ecumenical Movement Dies at 60. New York Times
- "Message to the Churches from the Uniting General Synod" and "Blessed Event" (1957) via United Church of Christ
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