History – John 316 Mission



Rev. Bob Geisinger founded John 3:16 Mission in downtown Tulsa in 1952.

Geisinger chose the famous John 3:16 scripture as the Mission’s name because this verse is “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.”

The central aim of John 3:16 Mission has always been to introduce the hungry, homeless and at-risk of the Tulsa community to the life-transforming message 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 hungry, homeless and under-resourced. 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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