John Jared is Director of Operations, a role in which he manages day-to-day operations and participates in strategic and operational planning and strengthening business systems and processes.
Prior to joining Just Hope, John spent more than 20 years with LifeWay Christian Resources, serving in various management roles. He also spent five years as youth pastor at Hopewell Baptist Church. His experience managing people, projects and budgets serves him well in his role with Just Hope.
John has been on several mission trips, the first of which was the most life-changing for him. It was a construction and evangelical mission to Trinidad, where he had never experienced such poverty. What has stayed with him ever since was the human connection with people who simply want the same basic security that everyone, everywhere wants. He witnessed that, on a fundamental level, people want to be able to attain that security for themselves.
“What I learned was that people, regardless of geographic location, want to provide value and be valued. It’s not about getting something for free, it’s about working and providing,” John said. “While in Trinidad, we worked with our partners, not for them. The difference is immeasurable.”