Robin Hoover is currently conducting research on the status of migrants forcibly returned to Mexico. He is the former pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tucson, Arizona. A native of Big Spring, Texas, Hoover attended Texas Christian University where he received a Bachelor's in Journalism and Religion. From Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, Hoover received the Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in social ethics. In 1998, Texas Tech University conferred the Ph.D. in Political Science.
He has served continuously and full time as a pastor in Disciples congregations since 1980. Prior to ministry, Hoover's work experiences are many and varied. He has worked in journalism, nursing service, and commercial construction. In each of his pastorates, significant efforts have been undertaken to create specialized nonprofit organizations to accomplish specific community goals and church missional objectives.
In Fort Worth, Texas, he was the founder and first president of Westaid, an ecumenical social welfare organization providing food, clothing, information and referrals and other social services in west Fort Worth. From Lubbock, Texas, he led a volunteer group to incorporate the existing Southwest Good Samaritan Ministries in Los Fresnos, Texas, a ministry to provide goods and services to persons seeking political asylum from the U.S. Government. He served as the first president and led large groups of volunteers to participate in annual mission trips to build shelters in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to help migrating persons.
In Tucson, Hoover was the founder and first president of Humane Borders, Inc., a social welfare corporation providing humanitarian assistance to migrants risking their lives crossing the Mexico-US border in Arizona. He has been an advocate for major changes in US immigration/migration policies.
Hoover is available as a guest speaker, university lecturer, media personality, consulting, and for preaching.
Rev. Dr. Robin Hoover