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Staff Stories: John Cromer

John Cromer wasn't looking for Oliver Gospel, but in God's perfect timing, he became an essential part of the Mission's programs.

John Cromer reads a book with an Oliver Gospel guest

What started as a normal tour of Oliver Gospel with his church turned into a life-changing opportunity for John Cromer.


The Mission's staff shared their excitement over a new position: the Life Coach. This person would walk alongside each resident on their journey of overcoming addiction or poverty, uplifting them every step of the way.


On their way home, his senior pastor shared that he thought John would be the perfect fit for the job. He had a background helping people going through addiction. He prayed about it, applied, and was soon offered the job, ushering in a new era of care at Oliver Gospel.


"We’re trying to make sure that they don’t just get clean, but they know how to sustain that lifestyle by depending on the relationship with Christ and depending on the fellowship of others."

John continues to faithfully serve Oliver Gospel, forging strong relationships with hundreds of men who come through the Mission's door looking to build a better, brighter future.


"Every single time there’s a guy here that begins to trust me to let me want to share their life, that is an honor for me. I love it when I feel that I’m beginning to be family with these guys."

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