The Rev. Dr. K. Jason Coker is the National Director of Together for Hope, the Rural Development Coalition of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi. Before receiving this call, he was the pastor at Wilton Baptist Church in Wilton, Connecticut for 9 years. Coker is originally from the Mississippi Delta. Having escaped the grinding poverty of the Delta, Coker completed his Masters of Art in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and then finished his Ph.D. from Drew University. Not long after moving to Connecticut for graduate school, he felt compelled to connect the resources in the New York Metro area and Connecticut with the needs in his home region. After over fifteen years of groundwork, Coker founded Delta Hands for Hope (DHH) in 2013, which is a partner organization with Together for Hope. Since its incorporation, DHH has become an award winning non-profit and has secured grants from the USDA that provides tens of thousands of meals to children across Mississippi. Much of the philosophy undergirding DHH comes from Coker’s previous work along the Uganda/Kenya border where he helped coordinate a child development center for AIDS/HIV orphans. Coker has served on various boards for non-profits in Connecticut and across the country.