Speaking Engagements

John Wiley: A dynamic speaker, an unconventional pastor who shares an inspired message about his journey to find solutions for the working homeless

River of Refuge Founder John WileyJohn Wiley had never considered the plight of “motel kids” until one day in 2006 when he spotted a school bus at a local motel picking up a half-dozen children. His curiosity piqued, John discovered that a growing percentage of homeless families with jobs rely on pay-by-the-week motels for shelter until they can save enough to find permanent, affordable housing.

Inspired by their heartbreaking situation, in 2009 John founded River of Refuge, a nonprofit, Kansas City-based organization committed to helping working homeless families transition from run-down, high-rent motels into permanent, more affordable family-friendly housing. Today as a dynamic and passionate speaker for audiences of all kinds, John shares the story of his continuing journey to assist this unique niche of the homeless population.

John is an ordained Foursquare Pastor and is the current Divisional Superintendent for the Kansas City-metro Foursquare Division. In 1981, he accepted Christ while in a military prison at the age of 19. In 2001, he and his family started River Church Family with 15 teenagers where he serves as the senior pastor. Today, the River has more than 350 people.

John is an unconventional pastor who teaches love and compassion through his passion to mentor and creatively show others how to see their cities differently. He demonstrates to young families a fresh and transparent approach to a traditional gospel message with relevance to embrace it at a heart level. He also equips Christians to recognize and engage the opportunities before them that they may have been missing on a daily basis.

John and his wife Mary Jo have been married since 1982. They have three children and four grandchildren. In 2009, Mary Jo completed her doctoral studies and today practices chiropractic care in Raytown, Missouri.

If you’re interested in booking John as a speaker, email info@riverofrefuge.com.