Former gang member with over twenty years experience in juvenile institutions, county jail, maximum-security prisons and solitary confinement. Neaners is now living out the dream he had while in "the hole": reaching back to the hidden prison tiers, cells, and impoverished streets with the same love that found him there. Neaners embodies a unique story and possesses a fresh voice of hope to prisoners, gangs, churches, and civic leadership alike, helping those both above ground and below rediscover each other.
For over twelve years, Chris has been a gang pastor and chaplain in Skagit County Jail, Juvenile Detention, and several WA State prisons. Formerly with Tierra Nueva, he cofounded Underground Coffee, a coffee roasting enterprise connecting those leaving incarceration with churches, businesses, and agricultural partners in Honduras. Chris is also a teaching member of the Underground Writing team, and author of WANTED.
Juvenile Detention Chaplaincy: Matt & Jenni Malyon, Evaristo Solano
Underground Railroad: Sam Middleton
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chair: Gary Jones, retired attorney, Jones & Smith Law
Dan Holland, pastor, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church
David Rohrer, pastor, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
Joe Cotton, Office of Discipleship, Seattle Archdiocese