Marquice Hobbs is the proud grandson of Estell and Robbie Hobbs, and was raised in Houston, Texas. He received his calling into ministry at the age of fifteen while attending a summer youth camp at Lakeview Conference Center. Following his graduation from Westside High School in Houston, Texas, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. As a student at SFA, he served as student body president for two years; 1st and 2nd vice president and co-chair of the political action committee of the NAACP collegiate unit 6812; co-leader of Bible Studies at the Wesley Foundation; and chaplain of Men of Achievement. In 2015, he graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a Bachelor’s of Art in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology.
After his graduation, he attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia to obtain his Master of Divinity. While at Candler, he served as chaplain intern at a Reginal Youth Detention Center, episcopal intern to the Mississippi Annual Conference of the UMC, delegate to the General Conference of 2016, co-developer of a leadership pipeline for a megachurch, and pastoral intern to Cascade UMC in Atlanta, GA.
Marquice is currently married to the love of his life Chantelle Hobbs who is a seminary student at Dallas Theological Seminary. They live in SW Houston where Marquice is appointed as the Pastor of Discipleship at Faith UMC in Richmond, Texas. In this role, Marquice oversees the discipleship of all members from the cradle to the grave which include Sunday Schools, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Life Groups, and Adult Education.
Some of his favorite pastimes are to date his wife and experience life together, play with his 3-year-old Shi Tzu named Zoey, workout, read books, watch movies, and hang out with friends and family. Marquice sees himself in the future as an ordained Elder of the UMC and or a professor of ethics or black church studies. Meaning, although he is currently a commissioned Elder in the Texas Annual Conference, he is discerning whether to attend a doctoral program in order to obtain his Ph.D. in the ethics of masculinity found in black neighborhoods or settle with being an Elder of the UMC. One of his biggest mottos is “don’t allow what you can’t control to control you,” which is something he began to develop while in community with the incarcerated youth at the Regional Youth Detention Center.
Marquice loves God and loves God’s people, striving everyday toward unity with Christ in mind, body, heart, and soul. His hope for all God’s people is for them to find life’s fulfillment in Christ, and Christ alone.