"the Gospel in a nutshell... the lighthouse of the scriptures. It knows no color, creed or class, and its promise is the true purpose of this Mission."
John 3:16 Mission's central focus has always been to introduce the hungry, homeless and at-risk of the Tulsa community to the life-transforming good news of Jesus Christ. At the same time, John 3:16 Mission endeavors to meet people’s immediate needs for food, shelter and compassionate care.
Through the decades and several location changes, John 3:16 has earned a reputation as one of Tulsa's most trusted and effective ministries to the poor, hungry and homeless. Since being founded, the Mission has provided millions of meals and millions of individual lodgings. Along the way, countless lives have been redeemed and transformed.
Today, John 3:16 Mission continues to carry on Geisinger’s original vision, but on a much larger scale that includes recovery programs for homeless men and women, as well as a Family & Youth Center in north Tulsa that meets the physical and spiritual needs of low-income families.
Pictures below show the Mission in earlier years. The bottom left picture shows the Mission when it was located in what is now the Tribune Loft Building from 1966-86. The second picture shows Mission founder, Rev. Bob Geisinger, outside the Mission circa the 1950s.