John 3:16 Mission

The information on this page was last updated 9/12/2023. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


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, 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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
John 3:16 Mission
575 N 39th Ave
Tulsa, OK 74127


Phone: (918) 587-1186

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 730744834

CEO/President: Rev. Steve Whitaker


Board size: 12

Founder: Rev. Bob Geisinger

Ruling year: 1954

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1996


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 brothers and sisters" (Matthew 25:35).

Mission statement

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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating819 of 110498 of 140
Fund acquisition rating642 of 110582 of 140
Resource allocation rating896 of 1105103 of 140
Asset utilization rating594 of 110472 of 140

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,363,329
Short-term investments$0
Other current assets$0
Total current assets$13,812,304
Long-term investments$0
Fixed assets$8,201,069
Other long-term assets$0
Total long-term assets$8,201,069
Total assets$22,013,373
Payables and accrued expenses$191,319
Other current liabilities$0
Total current liabilities$191,319
Due to (from) affiliates$0
Other long-term liabilities$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,000,000
Total liabilities$1,191,319
Net assets2021
Without donor restrictions$14,073,741
With donor restrictions$6,748,313
Net assets$20,822,054
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,491,415
Program service revenue$0
Membership dues$0
Investment income$11,859
Other revenue$54,977
Total other revenue$66,836
Total revenue$15,558,251
Program services$6,609,349
Management and general$826,868
Total expenses$9,392,315
Change in net assets2021
Surplus (deficit)$6,165,936
Other changes in net assets$0
Total change in net assets$6,165,936


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Rev. Bob Geisinger, pictured at right, founded John 3:16 Mission in 1952 inside a converted fish market in downtown Tulsa. That first night, over 40 homeless guests received meals and took shelter inside the new ministry.

Geisinger chose the famous John 3:16 scripture as the Mission's name because this verse is, in his words, "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."

Geisinger did not start out to head a Gospel Rescue Mission. Instead, he trained to be an opera singer and, in fact, had spent time in New York City pursuing that dream. But, somewhere along the way, he felt God calling him to a different mission in life. He came to Tulsa, then a booming oil town, and on a shoestring budget, opened the 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.

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