Date: April 8, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm Cost: no dues, fees, memberships or rsvps Location: NRH Centre Grand Ballroom 6000 Hawk Ave N Richland Hills, TX 76180 Speaker: John Graves
John Graves became the president of Vision America in January 2017. Prior to assuming leadership of Vision America, John served as a board member and in various roles alongside its founder, Dr. Rick Scarborough, mobilizing and encouraging pastors and Christians across the country to be voices of truth to our nation. For over 30 years, John has served pastors in local churches and parachurch organizations after becoming a Christ-follower in 1986 during his sophomore year in college.
John is bi-vocational, having been ordained a pastor by Pastor Jack Hayford, and he serves local church pastors. He also owns a small business with his close friend and partner. His business background led him to applying business principles, empirical evidence, and measured return on investment to all efforts to reach pastors and people of faith. He created heat maps of both churches and social conservatives in each state that led to each dollar being strategically stewarded for maximum impact.
Once “anti-political,” John felt compelled to become involved in the aftermath of the attack on our nation on September 11, 2001. He soon ran for U.S. Congress in Texas, and the lessons learned from that process created many of the cutting-edge ideas used by Vision America to reach people of faith.
John is convinced that when Christians, and especially pastors, lead others to become involved in community issues, they can and do make a massive impact on the culture. He served a pastor in a predominately African-American church for several years after law school, and he planted several college and young adult ministries in different local churches of varying denominations. These experiences have given him a unique passion to serve the younger generation, all denominations, and minority pastors with the unique challenges they face.
His was invited as an expert on church efforts to a think-tank leadership group with other national leaders in different fields of expertise with the goal of true inner-city revitalization efforts for the poor and those in need.
His beliefs that God gave leaders as gifts to the Church and that Jesus is the only hope for any nation led him to develop Acts 20:28 Pastors, bringing resources and breakthrough technology to today’s church leaders to help mobilize people of faith to vote. The result of this work led to pastors across the nation joining our efforts and the reclassification of Vision America as an Association of Churches by the IRS.
His efforts to serve people of faith led him to create church-approved voter guides in elections - with broad, factual support on issues and hyperlinks to footnotes - and new technological methods directly micro-targeted these non-partisan voter guides through home Wi-Fi and social media to over 5 million Christians. Vision America provides these voter guides for free to pastors and people of faith.
John received his B.B.A. in accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler in 1990 and won statewide awards for advocacy. He received his law degree at Texas Tech University School of Law in 1993 and was selected to the National Order of Barristers. John currently serves on the board of Jack Hayford Ministries and King’s Ransom Foundation. He and his wife, Nicole, have five children, and actively serve in their local church.