DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — On a rainy Tuesday evening a week before Christmas, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove shuttled two of his three children to a rehearsal of a Christmas cantata at St. John’s Missionary Baptist, where he serves as an associate pastor.
While they were rehearsing, he checked in on José Chicas, an undocumented immigrant who has been living for more than two years in a clapboard house the church owns next door.
Wilson-Hartgrove then hopped into his gray Honda minivan and drove five miles north to collect a few boxes and suitcases belonging to a man named Gordon.
Gordon, who did not want to give his last name, was recently released from prison. He’s now the newest resident of the six-bedroom house of hospitality where Wilson-Hartgrove