Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams are now in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. All official EMI travel (including project travel) has been cancelled or postponed and no new travel plans are being prepared until further notice. EMI’s worldwide offices are in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home as they are able.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Steve Hoyt

Staff On Assignment
EMI Uganda
Joined EMI: September 2005
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BA in Environmental Design, Texas A&M University College of Architecture
  • Custom Furniture Design Company, Kansas City, MO
  • Custom Design/Build Firm, Colorado Springs, CO
  • EMI Uganda Architect / Project Manager
  • EMI Uganda Senior Project Manager
  • Rift Valley Academy Maintenance Supervisor / Project Manager

Ministry Experience

Steve accepted Christ as an adult. Then, by divine intervention, found himself renting office space beneath the EMI USA office, where he was recruited as the lead architect for a short-term design trip to Guatemala. That 10 day trip changed his entire perspective on what it means to be a purposeful Christian. And from this life changing event, Steve felt called to serve Christ while using his professional abilities in order to share the Gospel of hope among men around the globe. He agreed to go where ever he was needed. So in 2005, EMI sent Steve and his family to Uganda. He continues to move wherever needed, which now is onsite at Rift Valley Academy, where he is managing their maintenance team, new construction, and the remodeling needs for RVA, located in Kijabe, Kenya. Once again, by building men and women in Christ, Steve and his team are better meeting the physical needs of RVA.


Steve and Melinda met in Colorado Springs, and were married in 2000. They have 5 daughters (Hannah, Madeline, Janet, Sophia, and Helena), a little sister in Hope, and many wonderful friends in Uganda. Using their various gifts and talents, the Hoyt family loves living and serving in East Africa.