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.

Ricardo Medina - Care Coordinator

Ricardo Medina – Care Coordinator

I love coming to the mission to watch God in action, to assist people with reentry into society, to witness paychecks and house keys in people’s hands once again. I love to see God put the spark back into people’s eyes.

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 – Volunteer Outreach 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.

Houston Tucker – Shelter Manager

I believe that building relationships with people is the only way to get people out of chronic poverty. That’s why I come every day, to be a part of those relationships.

Kinsey Tucker - Communications Coordinator

Kinsey Tucker – Communications Coordinator

I come to the mission every day because I believe in the work God is doing here and that every single person on the planet deserves to be seen, heard, and loved.

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.

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