Reclaiming Lives, Restoring Hope

A Ministry of Compassion and Transformation

About John 3:16 Mission

John 3:16 Mission is a interdenominational Christian ministry that endeavors to be the "hands and feet of Christ" to the homeless, hungry, poor and at-risk of the Tulsa community.

This means meeting their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs.

John 3:16 Mission is not affiliated with any church or denomination. As a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3), the Mission is funded solely by donations from supporters (individuals, companies, foundations, churches, etc.) throughout the Tulsa community and beyond who desire to make relief and recovery programs available.

The Mission adheres to the highest standards of quality of care, treating each person or client, regardless of race, gender, creed or faith background, with dignity and respect.

John 3:16 Mission also is a member of the CityGate Network which includes a large group of other North American missions that share similar aims and objectives.

The heart of John 3:16 Mission is about showing Biblical hospitality, restorative care, generosity, and -- above all -- love to those whom Christ called “the least of these…my brothers and sisters” (Matthew 25:35).

Serving Homeless of Tulsa

Serving the Homeless of Tulsa

Founded in 1952, John 3:16 Mission has served the homeless of the Tulsa community for nearly 70 years. The Mission has always been dedicated to the proposition that the homeless are entitled to compassionate, dignified care and no one in need is turned away, whatever their background.

Since its founding (read more Mission history here), John 3:16 Mission has served millions of meals and provided millions of nights of lodging to our community's most vulnerable and troubled people. Beyond providing meals and safe shelter, the Mission endeavors to lead the hurting and the lost into a life transforming relationship with Christ.

Reclaiming Lives, Restoring Hope Since 1952

Tulsa Homeless Encampment


In the name and through the loving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, John 3:16 Mission reclaims lives and restores hope to homeless and at-risk men, women and children as it ministers to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

Our Board Of Directors
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People Helped

John 3:16 Leadership Team

Rev. Steve Whitaker leads a staff of a dedicated, Christian professionals.

Rev. Steve Whitaker

Senior Pastor, President & CEO

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

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Steven Whitaker

Vice President & COO

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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Lee Bartel

Director of Development

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Romans 12:9–11

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Megan Thomson

Director, Women's Ministry

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12: 1-2

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James Hudgins

Director, Men's Ministries

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10

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Brian Bost

Director, Family and Youth Center

Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.
I Peter 5:10

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Support Staff Contacts

  • Beth Turner Assistant to Steve Whitaker Email
  • Cindy Webster Volunteer Coordinator Email
  • Carey Carpenter Distribution Center Manager Email
  • Roosevelt Gildon Family Care Pastor Email
  • Minuetta Edwards Family & Youth Center Receptionist Email
  • Latasha Walton After School and Summer Programs Email
  • Michaela Stromer Creative Arts Coordinator Email
  • Jane Pershing Assistant to James Hudgins Email
  • Ronn Glosson Chaplin Email

Can You Help A Neighbor?

Tonight, nearly 1,000 of our Tulsa neighbors carry the label of "homeless." At John 3:16 Mission, they are considered brothers and sisters who deserve compassionate care and an opportunity for recovery. With your help, John 3:16 Mission is able to offer a way out of homelessness to a life that is purposeful and dignified.
Just $2.11 provides a meal and a night of safe shelter at John 3:16 Mission.
For many, hope begins with that first meal at John 3:16 Mission. The journey to recovery can then begin in our comprehensive programs.
Please consider making your most generous gift today. Your donations can change lives!
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