John M. Perkins

John M. Perkins, an American civil right activist, author, speaker, and an advocate of reconciliation and development stands as a man who has put his life in the proximity of renewal. He is the son of a sharecropper and grew up in rural Mississippi. At age 17, he fled to California after his older brother was murdered by the town marshall of New Hebron, Mississippi. In 1960, he became a Christian and returned to Mississippi to establish the Voice of Calvary Ministries. He works alongside his wife Vera Mae and they raised a family of eight children.

John M. Perkins is a pioneer in the area of community development. Not only did he found the Voice of Calvary Ministries, he went on to establish Harambee Christian Family Center in NW Pasadena California, and he co-founded the Christian Community Development Association.  Let Justice Roll On is a 60 minute documentary film about his life. He has authored over a dozen books. His work even inspired the music group Switchfoot to write a song about him called The Sound: John M. Perkins’ Blues.  His work has touched and transformed countless lives.


John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development

Vision: Our desire is to see lives redeemed among the poor which will in turn redeem (biblically transform) whole communities.

Mission: To develop the lives of youth, leaders and underprivileged in our community and around the world by setting an example of God’s love to further his Kingdom.

“God has been kind enough to trust us with this work. That’s why we never give up.”

—2 Corinthians 5:1


My deepest desire has been that the reconciling love that God displayed on the cross would spread into all the world, and that somehow I could participate in that mission.  ~ John M. Perkins

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