Cooks for Christ

"To lift the hearts of the hopeless"

Minister to the homeless in our community the second Saturday of every month with a special “Restaurant Style” dinner. Show them they are loved and special to God!

Join us at KARM located on 418 North Broadway, Knoxville TN 37917.

Serves the second Saturday of every month from 3:45pm - 6pm.

Contact Robert VanRiet at 865.244.6421 for more info.


Cooks For Christ began when Robert Van Riet felt God wanted him to help the homeless after witnessing a homeless person being thrown out of a restaurant. He strongly felt these people needed to have someone show them they were loved and special to God. He met with the director of the Knoxville Union Rescue Mission and asked if it would be possible to decorate the café and serve the homeless "restaurant style" dinner once a month. He was agreeable and Robert next met with Pastor Gerald McGinnis about helping finance this ministry.

That was about 13 years ago. Cooks For Christ has grown into a ministry where our main goal is to reach out in God's love to show each homeless and underprivileged person that enters the café for a meal that they are special and loved. In addition to decorating the café with white tablecloths and flowers, we also bring in Christian music groups to provide live Christian music and offer prayer. We feel blessed that Pastor McGinnis and Park West Church has allowed us the privilege to continue ministering to the homeless of Knoxville.