Craighead County Justice of the Peace resigns to move to Kenya

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Kevin Hoke, the Justice of the Peace for the Craighead County Quorum Court, will resign Monday to pursue a job as Projects Coordinator for Kenya Baptist Theological College.

"I've lived here for 51 years," said Hoke. "I've been a part of this community right here in Nettleton."

That will all change for Kevin Hoke and his family, as they prepare to leave for Kenya this week. It's a place he and his wife have been to several times before, but have decided to make a permanent move.

"Finally it's come to the point that we can do it now, while we have the opportunity," said Hoke.

Hoke said along with a new job as Projects Coordinator  for Kenya Baptist Theological College, there are several things he'd like to accomplish during his time there.

"There are people that are hungry that need to be fed," said Hoke. "There are people that need to be educated, and that's part of our process working at the college."

It's an opportunity that he said he and his wife were called to do, and how long they plan to stay, is something they'll figure out along the way.

"We're going not on our own, it's because God is leading us to do it," said Hoke. "He'll let us know when it's time to come home."

Despite what has happened in recent days in Kenya, Hoke said it's nothing he fears that could very well happen in the United States.

"You look around at what's been happening in these cities, the Navy Shipyard and things like that," said Hoke. "It can happen here."

Hoke will leave for Kenya on Wednesday.

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