James Whitford – Executive Director

I want to be obedient to the Holy Spirit.  There’s no better place to be than in the will of God and I’m there when I’m at the mission. I also love laboring alongside a team totally committed and full of passion for God’s cause. What a rich blessing!

Casie Ouren - Kitchen Manager

Casie Ouren – Kitchen Manager

I love building relationships and helping people.  It’s great to have the opportunity to come together as a family to show compassion, love, and give hope to people in our community.  It’s rewarding and a blessing to help change lives for Christ!  -John 13:34

Charles Bowers - Weekend Shelter Manager

Charles Bowers – Weekend Shelter Manager

There is a family aura here. This place keeps me humble, because it shows me where l have been and also shows me some of what lies ahead.

Jocelyn Brisson - Shelter Director

Jocelyn Brisson – Shelter Director

I was once one of the people in need at the Garden. The Garden saved my life by introducing me to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and it’s my purpose in life to show others life doesn’t have to be a dead end…..there is HOPE!

Travis Hurley – Director of Advancement

I love coming to work at the Garden! The presence of God’s Spirit is clearly evident, the work we are doing is in the center of His will, and the opportunity to use my gifts and abilities in service to Him and this mission truly humbles me.

Richard Morris – Forge Instructor

I come to the mission every day to hopefully make a difference in someone’s life that I come in contact with for His glory! I want to share the Heart and Love of Jesus with those I am with on a daily basis.

Gregg Hull - Project Worth Director

Gregg Hull – Project Worth Director

I come in every morning for the hope of seeing miracles. Watching lives transform from hopelessness to purpose, and seeing God use what we do in the Worth Shop to bring dignity, value, and worth into peoples lives.

Ruth Willoughby - Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Ruth Willoughby – Outreach & One Night Campaign Coordinator

It’s my blessing & privilege to serve the people who come to the mission.  It gives me great joy to help others realize that they are created in God’s image and, therefore, have value, worth and are loved unconditionally.

Amy Patrick - Office Manager

Amy Patrick – Office Manager

I came to the mission to love people as Jesus did.  Nothing Less Nothing More. I just want to be His hands and feet to a lost world.

Don Engie – Care Coordinator & Evangelism Director

I came to Watered Gardens to serve in the Mission God has called us to as believers. To encourage the body of Christ to follow the example and life of Christ. To serve, live, and love in such a way that God would receive Glory.

Dana Bunn - Volunteer Coordinator

Dana Bunn – Volunteer Coordinator

I really want to hear from God and be obedient. I felt called to be where I could minister in a community atmosphere with fellow believers to share God’s love and provision. I love witnessing fellow brothers and sisters working side by side to share His love to those in need and seeing people’s lives transformed by the power of the gospel and the hands and feet of the saints. It is happening here and you can be a part of it too!

Whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25

Bethany Riner - Thrift Manager

Bethany Riner – Thrift Manager

I use my position here at the ministry as a door to befriend the people of my city, to show them God does love them and is providing for them. I seek out the ones who are poor in spirit, the lost, as well as the discouraged believers to comfort and minister to them each day as they come in and remind them that there is a hope.

Hannah Hull - Regional Director, True Charity Initiative

Hannah Hull – Regional Director, True Charity Initiative

I love teaching, connecting and advocating for True Charity!

Jamie Myers - Forge Director

Jamie Myers – Forge Director

The Men of Forge, love, community, grace, encouragement, friends, accountability, purpose, stewardship, people.  Being part of the work that God is doing here is one of my life’s biggest blessings.  I feel that this is what God designed and created me to do and I am so thankful that He is allowing me to have this front row seat.  There is no place on earth I would rather be.


John McPhail – Director of Operations


I come to the mission each day to meet Jesus. It is here that I am in a community that challenges my faith for His glory.

Jack Girard - Communications Coordinator

Jack Girard – Communications Coordinator

Serving here is a blessing I couldn’t have anticipated. Serving people has always been my calling and I’m grateful for a place to do it. Thank you all.


Chris Hoyer-Director of Mission Operations 

I enjoy being a demonstrator of the spirit, power and love of Jesus Christ. What a privilege to serve the residents, volunteers, and staff at Watered Gardens every day.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5-My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.


Jody Cowen - Bookkeeper

Jody Cowen – Bookkeeper

All these years later I have had the privilege to truly watch God work miracles through people both in receiving help and giving it. I love watching Him use all different talents, personalities and backgrounds to share in accomplishing great things through a ministry that is ever changing in how it works, but NEVER changing in sharing Truth and Love.  I am blessed!



All Watered Gardens staff can be reached by phone at 417-623-6030 or by email. All staff email addresses are in the form of