LifeQuest Welcomes: New Executive Director
A personal note from John Jones, LifeQuest Executive Director
On behalf of LifeQuest I would like to thank you for visiting our website. I’m assuming that you’re at this site because you have a heart for the incarcerated youth of New Mexico and that you would like to know more about who we are and what we do. We will do all we can to make sure that happens here but electronic communication cannot and should not ever replace face to face contact. That contact includes the youth we work with, our volunteers, and our financial partners. With that being said I would like to extend a personal invitation to contact me or one of the other staff at LifeQuest so that we might meet with you, maybe have a cup of coffee or a lunch together, and get to know each other.
I have to admit that this invitation is somewhat personally selfish as I just relocated to Albuquerque the end of March to become LifeQuest’s first full-time Executive Director. So, the more people I have the chance to meet, the more new friends I might make.
Let me take just a few minutes to tell you why I moved halfway across the country, from Illinois, to New Mexico to serve in this role for LifeQuest. I’ve spent the majority of my ministry life over the past 19 years working with interdenominational parachurch ministries. Ten years of that time were spent working with Youth For Christ, an interdenominational ministry working along side the local church to reach middle and high school teens with the Gospel. God broke my heart for teens trying to find some answers with regards to this life and their role in it. I also spent some time working at a rescue mission ministering to the homeless. I also worked with Victorious Christian Living International, a ministry committed to teaching and training biblical discipleship.
The one common thing in each of those ministries was a sincere conviction and commitment to work with the local church--the body of Christ--not independently from it. And I’m convinced that’s why I’m in New Mexico working with LifeQuest. So that, together, we might reach these young people with the life changing message of Jesus Christ--my only hope at a time in my life when I had nowhere else to turn or to run. It’s their only hope.
I look forward to having the opportunity to meet with you in person at some point. I’d appreciate your prayers for this ministry, your prayers for each of the staff and volunteers that are so committed to the young people we work with, and for your prayerful consideration as to how you might partner with us in our mission. Your prayers, your financial support, and your willingness to be involved is what will drive and shape this ministry.
Thank you again for taking the time to visit and I look forward to hearing from you.
John D Jones