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Hope In The Night Co-Host Jim Cress Signs Off; Rich Hooper Joins

June Hunt and Rich HooperLast week, Jim Cress signed off as Co-Host of Hope In The Night with June Hunt nearly two decades after helping to launch the live two-hour call-in counseling program.

With Cress’ departure, Hope For The Heart announced that Rich Hooper has been selected as the new Co-Host of Hope In The Night.

“I’m delighted to have Rich join our late-night program,” shared Hope For The Heart Founder, CEO, and CSO June Hunt. “Rich has a heart for serving God’s children, especially those who are struggling with difficult life issues. I feel confident he will continue to offer compassionate, wise counsel on the numerous issues that we discuss each evening during Hope In The Night. We are honored to have him as a part of our HOPE team.”

According to Hope For The Heart, Hooper brings with him more than 25 years of experience in radio broadcast programming, having served with Dallas affiliates KLTY Radio (Salem Communications), KTXG Radio (American Family Radio), and KCBI Radio (First Dallas Media). As a radio veteran, Hooper’s experience as a communicator and program director is expected to serve to further strengthen HOPE’s broadcast outreach efforts.

“I know that I have some big shoes to fill in Jim Cress, but I’m really excited for what God has in store for Hope In The Night,” commented Hooper. “My prayer is that the Lord will continue to use this program to offer much needed healing to those dealing with spiritual and emotional issues. As I co-labor alongside June, my hope is that callers and those listening will embrace the fact that it is Christ in us – His hope – that is being offered to them through his love and grace.”

In addition to his role at Hope For The Heart, Hooper will continue to serve as the Senior Pastor of Grace Community Church in Princeton, TX. He has served in this role for the past seven years after taking over for his father, who founded the church in 2001.

As for Cress, the ordained minister and licensed professional counselor plans to expand his counseling practice and be more available for speaking engagements and on-site workshops.

“I am forever thankful to God for all the Hope In The Night listeners and wish you God’s peace and direction in the years ahead,” shared Cress.  “As June says every night, I invite you all to, ‘Hang on to hope!’”

Cress began his long-time relationship with June and Hope For The Heart in 1994.

Published: January 16, 2014

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