Having arrived to the Gospel Center Rescue Mission (GCRM) in August of 2016, CEO Wayne Richardson, leads a team of committed and talented individuals who are passionately developing programs, expanding the campus capacity and covering San Joaquin County to become respected leaders in the arena of homelessness and addiction. Wayne oversees eight distinct programs that serve more than 1,000 men, women and children each day at the Stockton based campus. With the onset of COVID-19 in March of 2020, Wayne has worked tirelessly with leaders throughout the county on COVID related matters, including providing COVID sheltering for the homeless, as well as serving as Founding members on the San Joaquin County Continuum of Care Shelter Committee. In the midst of this pandemic, and within CDC guidelines, GCRM programs and projects continued to move forward with many, such as the 118 bed William R. “Bill” Brown Building and Kitchen and Dining Room expansions being completed – all fully funded with no debt.
Wayne brought with him extensive knowledge and experience having served as COO and Director of Development and Programs at Faith Farm Ministries. A Christian, three-campus, nine-month resident addiction regeneration program with more than 400 beds, Southeastern University, Faith Farm Ministries, and Mountainside Management located in Florida. Wayne’s background also includes serving in leadership positions at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Christian Broadcasting Network’s Operation Blessing International, United States Military Academy’s West Point Association of Graduates, Southeastern University, and Mountainside Management – his family’s property management business in Hudson Valley, New York. He is a national seminar speaker with a focus on non-profit board and senior leadership fundraising training. Wayne is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and an Ordained Minister with the Fellowship of Ministers International.
Wayne graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point having gained an appointment as an enlisted soldier. He served his Country with a 23-year Army Active and Reserve career, which includes six years of command and leading multiple Army Engineer unit deployments to Korea and Panama. He is an Eagle Scout.
Wayne’s, teammate, best friend and wife, Carol, oversees the New Life Program Scholarships and Human Resources. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.