Chris Hoke

Gang Pastor | Prisoner Reentry Organizer | Writer

The official homepage for Chris Hoke--Underground Ministries Executive Director, prison chaplain, gang pastor, and writer in Washington's Skagit Valley.

UNDERGROUND MINISTRIES  

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
— Matthew 9:36

Our History 

Underground Ministries opens new relationships of embrace and trust between gang-affected prisoners and our communities to which they return, for our mutual transformation and resurrection.

Our Mission 

Underground Ministries opens new relationships of embrace and trust between gang-affected prisoners and our communities to which they return, for our mutual transformation and resurrection.

What We Do (click on each to learn more)

Deep Chaplaincy: We seek to incarnate, in deep relationship, God's love to those at the bottom of the American prison system. Beyond religious services, we know trust and mutual transformation happen in relationship, over time.

Gang Focus: Mexican gangs are at the intersection of mass incarceration and immigration issues today. These are the untouchables in prison ministry, and are precious to us.

Prisoner ReEntry: To welcome lives back from the burial ground of prison is an act of resurrection. This is the heart of our work. We see Lazarus as our model. It takes a community to roll away the stone and meet Jesus' friends beneath the death layers and old labels.

OneParishOnePrisoner: In WA State there are roughly the same amount of prisoners as churches. What if every church wrapped around and embraced one prisoner, into their release and new life? It would be a new underground railroad. We are partnering with the Dept of Corrections, the Seattle Archdiocese, the NorthCoast Presbytery and other churches in a pilot program that's already begun. 

Storytelling: Through my book, public speaking that lifts up the voices of those underground and those who have resurrected, through media and podcasts, and with our partner Underground Writing, we believe stories have the power to change hearts. When you change the narrative, everything else changes.

Giving

We are sustained by grassroots investment--individuals and families donating monthly. Our grassroots has grown. If you want to join us, the button below will guide you into our website and easy giving platform. All giving is tax-deductible as we are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Newsletter

You can get an every-few-weeks newsletter in your inbox. In it, I tell stories from the ministry and ask folks to back us up in serious prayer. If that sounds like something you want to be a part of, I'd love to hear from you.