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David Hocking received B.A. in Bible (Minor-Greek) from Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC); a M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN. and D.Min. from Grace Graduate School, and Th.D. from California Graduate School of Theology.
During the 1970s, Hocking was the Senior Pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, which is located in Long Beach, CA. From 1982 to 1992 he was the Senior pastor of Calvary Church of Santa Ana (not to be confused with any of the Calvary Chapels). He gained a following as the host of the Biola Hour radio show. Hocking was noted for his dynamic in depth expository Bible teaching.
He currently has a broadcast called Hope for Today which airs all over the world.
David Hocking was staying at the East Jerusalem Hyatt hotel, on October 17, 2001, across from the hotel room where Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli Minister of Tourism, was staying, when Zeevi was assassinated by PFLP terrorists. Hocking was quoted in the BBC news as having heard a thump, and screams from Zeevi's wife. Hocking then rushed to assist Mr. Zeevi, however, he was already dead.
Hocking continues to minister through his Hope for Today Ministries located in Southern California.