Rabbi Rami talks to pastor and author Chris Hoke about his connection with those struggling in society and how they strengthened his relationship with God. A review of his book Wanted appears in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine.
Chris Hoke is a jail chaplain and pastor to Mexican gangs in Washington’s Skagit Valley. Through his work with the organization Tierra Nueva—a Christian ministry catering to immigrants, inmates, ex‐offenders, and the homeless—he co‐founded a coffee‐roasting business, The Underground Coffee Project, which employs men coming out of prison and addiction while connecting them to agricultural partners in Honduras. Hoke received his B.A. from UC Berkeley and his MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. His articles and personal essays have been featured in magazines including The Sun, Sojourners, and Christian Century, and he has read four of these stories on NPR’s Snap Judgment.