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Cincinnati, Ohio

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty & Despair One Life at a Time


Serving Greater Cincinnati for almost 100 years, City Gospel Mission (CGM) was founded by James N. Gamble

of Procter and Gamble to break the cycle of poverty and despair through its homeless shelters, job training and

placement, addiction recovery, youth programs, and family programing.

CGM empowers men, women, and children with the skills and resources to achieve self-sufficiency and long-term

life transformation. Its faith-based programs are centered on caring relationships with staff, volunteers, and mentors.

City Gospel Mission collaborates with 2,500 volunteers and 350 churches and organizations to uplift 10,000 people

each year, including 3,500 youth.

Over its 97-year history, City Gospel Mission has partnered with many other like-minded organizations, often

ultimately joining forces in the form of mergers. This has brought together a powerful combination of talent and

resources to increase CGM’s impact over the years. In recent years, CGM has built strong name recognition in

the Greater Cincinnati community, and a positive reputation as a trusted partner to churches, community leaders,

schools, medical professionals, and other social service organizations. CGM is known and appreciated.

In March 2021, current President Roger Howell officially announced his plan to retire in 2022. Serving successfully

as City Gospel Mission’s President since 2001, Roger leaves a legacy of a much larger organization and a talented

executive team. The next leader of CGM will have the opportunity to continue strategic growth, as well as bring

organization systems and structure appropriate for the larger organization CGM is today. City Gospel Mission’s

Board seeks a leader who will guide CGM, faithfully honoring its mission while strategically innovating for the future.



Breaking the Cycle of Poverty & Despair One Life at a Time


Jesus Christ transforming Greater Cincinnati through Churches


Founded in 1924 by James N. Gamble of Procter and Gamble, City Gospel

Mission breaks the cycle of poverty & despair in Greater Cincinnati throu

FOOD & SHELTER & SHELTER our homeless shelter, meals, job training/placement, addiction JOBSrecovery,


youth programs, and Thanksgiving Our job training, job placement, food/Christmas and career development gift assistance program helps for

families in need.

Up to 74 guests stay at our shelter. The men receive three meals per day, a

locker, a bed, case management, and life skills classes. Shelter guests have

five life track options: Day Program, Work Program, Recovery Program, Mental

Health Program, or Seniors/Disability Program. The shelter also operates

a Jobs Van, which provides the homeless and panhandlers a day’s

work cleaning up the city to help them connect to the

services they need for long-term success.

Our long-term residential programs house up

to 36 women and 36 men struggling with drug

or alcohol addictions, prostitution, incarceration,

abusive relationships, and other life-controlling

issues. A typical stay is 12-24 months, but the program is

goal-oriented not time-oriented.










Up to 74 guests stay at our shelter. The men receive three meals per day, a locker, a bed, case management,

and life skills classes. Each evening, we also serve meals to people from the community


who are not staying at our shelter. Shelter guests have 3 life track options: Day Program, Work Program

or Recovery Program. The shelter also operates a Jobs Van, which provides the homeless and

panhandlers a day’s work cleaning up the city as a way to help them get connected to the services

they need for long-term success. We also offer a Thanksgiving food program for families in need.


people with life and work-history challenges and those without. The program

helps over 250 people get life-changing jobs at over 60 companies each year.

The program also features outreach into seven local high schools

to help students navigate their path to careers.


Up to 74 guests stay at our shelter. The men receive three meals per day, a locker, a bed, case management,


and life skills classes. Each evening, we also serve meals to people from the community

who are not staying at our shelter. Shelter guests have 3 life track options: Day Program, Work Program

or Recovery Program. The shelter also operates a Jobs Van, which provides the homeless and


panhandlers a day’s work cleaning up the city as a way to help them get connected to the services

they need for long-term success. We also offer a Thanksgiving food program for families in need.

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Our two largest Youth programs, Whiz Kids

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students throughout Greater Cincinnati. Other

youth programs include Character soccer,

Hispanic Outreach, Little Village family/children’s

playspace, Mentoring, Rising Scholars high school

guidance, Summer Camps, Teen Impact, and children’s

Christmas gift assistance for families in need.


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Leadership Team

To view a video overview of

City Gospel Mission Services,

see https://youtu.be/o85OM5GdOf0.



1924 City Gospel Mission opens its doors for the first time on August 3, 1924.

Twenty-nine people attend the first service. Mr. James Norris Gamble, son of James

Gamble, founder of Procter and Gamble, is the first President of the Board. The

Mission is located at 1314 Vine Street in Cincinnati and provides food and clothing

to the needy, care for the sick, and a ministry of hope and Good News to those in jail

and on the streets. The work grows in the ensuing years as does building space to

accommodate the expanding ministry.

1998 Having the Courage to Change, a women’s recovery program, merges in

with City Gospel Mission.

2001 City Gospel Mission and CityCURE merge, but still operate as two distinct

organizations. City Ministries is formed as the umbrella brand of the two

organizations, essentially giving one organization three names. This is the largest of

seven total mergers in City Gospel Mission’s history.

1943 City Gospel Mission purchases a former church building on the corner of Elm

and Magnolia in Over-the-Rhine, adding new activities and expanding existing ones

to serve a growing base of men, women, and children in need.

1968 CURE (Christians United Reaching Everyone), a ministry to urban youth,

is founded. CURE rapidly grows to 66 weekly clubs involving about 900 children

throughout the city.

1969 Construction of a new addition to the City Gospel Mission building is

complete. The new facility affords the Mission the opportunity to expand its service

to better address the needs of the homeless. Room to house overnight guests is

increased, and the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is expanded.

2003 Exodus, a recovery program of Christ Emmanuel Church, merges in with

City Gospel Mission.

2004 Quiosco becomes CityCURE’s first Hispanic ministry.

2005 Whiz Kids tutoring and mentoring program launches as a CityCURE

program. The one-to-one, literacy-based, after-school program develops into

CityCURE’s flagship program.

2009 After a three-year branding process, market research reveals that the entire

organization should be marketed under one name – City Gospel Mission. It is

decided to dissolve the names City Ministries and CityCURE.

1978 A Greater Cincinnati Youth for Christ chapter is established offering high

school ministries, clubs, and activities for troubled youth, including summer camps.

1992 CURE (Christians United Reaching Everyone), and Greater Cincinnati Youth

for Christ merge into one organization called CityCURE, a non-profit ministry serving

at-risk youth through one-to-one, relationship-based programs.

1993 God Squad, a ministry for city youth, merges in with CityCURE.

1995 Prison Family Outreach Ministries merges in with CityCURE.

2012 Jobs Plus Employment Network merges in with City Gospel Mission.

2014 Hope House Mission in Middletown becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of

City Gospel Mission.

2015 City Gospel Mission moves into its new campus on Dalton Avenue, doubling

the size of our men’s recovery and homeless shelter.

2020 Hope House Mission opens an enlarged facility providing a men’s 50 bed

homeless shelter and 30 permanent supportive housing apartments.

1997 City Gospel Mission starts New Beginnings, a program for women seeking to

recover from life-controlling behaviors.

2021 Construction begins on our new home for Having the Courage to Change,

which will double the size of our women’s recovery program.










We believe the Bible to be the inspired, only infallible, authoritative Word of God, that sets the

standard for faith, conduct, and doctrine. (2 Tim. 3:10-17, Jn. 17:17, Is. 40:8, Matt. 4:4, 2 Pet 1:20-21,

Matt. 24:35)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

(1 Jn. 5:6-9, 1 Cor. 8:6, Jer. 10:10-16, Is. 44:6,8, 45:5-12, 45:22, 46:9, Ps. 96:4)

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious

and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right

hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. (1 Cor. 10:4, Phil. 2:5-8, 1 Peter

5:4, Titus 2:13, Rev 2:8, Is. 7:14, Luke 1:34, 2 Cor. 5:21, Heb. 4:15, 1 Jn. 3:5, 2:2, Rom. 3:25, Acts 1:11,

John 11:25, 1 Thes. 4:16-18, Acts 1:11)

We believe mankind is created in the image of God. (Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6, 1 Cor. 15:49, Col. 3:9-10,

2 Cor. 3:18, Rom. 8:29)

We believe that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and that for the salvation of lost

and sinful people regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, John 3:5-

8, Titus 3:5, Eph. 2:8, Gal. 3:2-3, 1 Pet. 1:2)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by, whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to

live a godly life. (Gal. 5:22-23, John 3:5, Eph. 2:10, 5:18-20, Rom. 6:3-14, 8:1-2, 1 Cor. 2:6-16, Luke

24:49, 2 Cor. 21-22)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the

resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (Jn. 3:16, 5:28-29, Dan.

12:2, Mark 9:43-48, Acts 24:14-15, Rev. 20:13)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (John 17:20-23, Gal. 1:8-9,

3:28, Eph. 4:3, 13, 1 Cor. 12:13, Phil. 2:1-5)

For a more comprehensive overview of City Gospel Mission,

visit the web site at: www.CityGospelMission.org.



$16,681,000 Total Annual Budget (2020)

$30.4M Total Assets

$7.8M Debt (all $7.8M are forgivable loans)


Public support $12,104,683

Gift in kind 4,506,189

(around $8m in non-COVID)

Program Service Fees 150,576

Special Events (net) 340,288

Other income 148,041

Realized/Unrealized gain 202,652

Interest/dividend revenue 206,659

Total public support & Revenue $17,659,088


10,650 people served by various

CGM ministries

190,000 meals were served or

provided for needy men, women,

children, and families

Approximately 64,000 nights

of shelter provided through Shelters

and Recovery Programs

3,000 volunteers

255 Job Placements through


3,500 Youth involved in youth


325 church partners



Government Funding

97 Years

Serving the Homeless


(77 Full-time, 37 Part-time)


owned, 2 rented, &

programs at 60 churches


The President of City Gospel Mission is responsible for leading and empowering employees, formulating strategies to engage churches, and

representing the ministry to its stakeholders and partners. The President has accountability for Ministry Ends and Executive Limitations (Carver Board

Governance) as defined by the Board of Trustees. Currently the direct reports to the President include: Vice President of Administrative Services, Vice

President of Church Partnerships, Vice President of Development, Vice President of Homeless Services, Executive Director of Hope House Mission, Vice

President of Jobs Plus, Vice President of Recovery Services, and Vice President of Youth.
























of the President of City Gospel Mission

MATURE FAITH - We are seeking a leader of deep personal faith, in agreement theologically with

City Gospel Mission. The right leader will have the ability to think and act decisively with purpose and


PROVEN TEAM LEADERSHIP - The successful candidate will be a proven leader with the

experience, vision and energy required to lead a $15 million organization.

RESULTS-ORIENTED - This leader will ensure that the City Gospel Mission teams hold themselves

accountable for expected results, demonstrated by the various ways lives have been changed at CGM.

INSPIRATIONAL COMMUNICATOR - The President should be dynamic and exhibit outstanding

interpersonal and relationship-building skills. As the organizational leader, s/he will inspire those

throughout the organization toward innovation, excellence, and hard work.


will possess exceptional judgment, flexibility, and the demonstrated ability to thrive in a complex

environment, juggling multiple priorities and responding to a variety of constituent needs.

PASSION FOR THE POOR AND HURTING – At the core of City Gospel’s mission is ministry to the

poor and hurting. The leader needs to share both a heart for the poor and hurting and a desire to engage

in serving and building authentic relationships with those in poverty.

COMMUNITY MINDED - This person will have, or quickly develop, credibility and relationships in the

Cincinnati community.



• Have a personal experience of receiving, by faith, Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

• Have a passion to see men, women, and children come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior

and Lord.

• Have a personal fellowship with the Lord which includes daily prayer and Bible study.

• Be actively involved with a local church.

• Agree with and sign the statement of faith and mission essentials of CGM.

• Be a mature, unapologetic Christian leader who integrates faith, service, and leadership and senses

a specific ‘calling’ to this role.

• Be a relational and empathic person who understands doctrinal and denominational differences and

provides a unifying stance when working cross-denominationally.

• Be a person of strong moral integrity and trustworthiness who manifests the fruit of the Spirit

professionally and personally.


• A person with proven experience in performance management and leadership development

initiatives – a passion for growing and developing future ministry leaders.

• A relationship builder with outstanding communication skills; able to convey the Vision and Mission

of CGM across multiple platforms both publicly and privately.

• A strategic thinker able to collect and analyze data to envision, evaluate, or improve programming

and collaborate with staff and donors to achieve ends.

• A person who understands and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


• A Bachelor’s Degree in Non-Profit Management, Business, Theology, or related field.

• Six years of senior-level P&L management in an organization with $5 million or more in annual

revenue / donations.

• Experience working in an organization with three or more ministries, departments, or subsidiaries.

• Proficient in the technology tools and common software applications.

• Three years’ experience working with those in poverty and/or having navigated cultures of poverty.

• Experience working with a Board of Trustees. Understanding of board governance models.


• Champion the CGM vision, mission, and values to achieve ministry goals.

• Foster an organizational culture to achieve ministry goals.

• Strategic oversight of multiple ministries to ensure that each achieves Board-approved goals

designed to break the cycle of poverty and despair.

• Utilize ministry resources to engage and empower churches in partnership to achieve established


• Partner with fundraising to achieve targeted goals including participating in events and building

personal relationships.

• Communicate with the Board of Trustees as established in the Policy Governance.

• Enlist cooperation to implement CGM policies.

• Pray regularly for all ministries and staff.


• Continue to grow, enhance, and improve the effectiveness of CGM’s life transformational programs

and the ability to measure and track outcomes.

• CGM’s excellent reputation will expand; relationships with donors, partners, and churches will

remain strong and grow.

• A new Strategic Plan will be developed. The next President will lead CGM in deciding how and where

it will expand ministry services.

• Expand fundraising to continue ministry growth.

• Continue to blend, unify, and maximize the merged and expanded ministries/teams into a fully

cohesive community of care.

• The new President will grow the ministry strategically, and invest in organizational best practices,

systems, and infrastructure appropriate for a growing ministry.

• Continue to recruit, hire, nurture and retain the best fit talent available.


If after reading this Opportunity Profile you sense that the gifts and experience God has given you are a

good match for City Gospel Mission, we invite you to begin the inquiry process. All candidate information

and conversations are handled confidentially. You may contact Laura Coverstone or Tommy Thomas at any

stage of the process to get more information and to ask questions. Their contact information is below.

In addition to submitting your resume, please provide us with written responses to the following three

questions to help us get a more complete picture of you and your interest in this position:

1. Describe your faith in Jesus and how this has impacted the way you view work.

2. What is it about the position of President of City Gospel Mission that attracts you and how has your

experience prepared you for the role?

3. Provide the names and contact information (telephone numbers and email addresses) for four

references who know you and your career well enough to comment on your suitability for this role.

Please do not be overly concerned with brevity in assembling this package of materials. While

we don’t want to read volumes, we do want you to take the time to share enough meaningful

information to allow us to get to know you and why you would make a strong President of City

Gospel Mission.

Submit this information in one.pdf to:

Tommy Thomas



Phone: (615) 261-4623

In the subject line, please write “City Gospel Mission President.”

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