The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, Inc. (KFGM) was founded and incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1958 and in 2018, celebrated our 60th anniversary of service to the community. The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission's founder, John Pederson, served as the Director for many years.
The former mission building was a Covenant church that was built around 1933. In 1959 the basement was extended and a men's dorm was built. In 1976 a new dining hall, kitchen, and classrooms and more office space on the floor above, was added to provide needed facilities to expand services.
For many years, churches and individual community donors provided support for the Klamath Falls Gospel Mission. For the first several decades, services were primarily provided for single, typically transient men who were coming to Klamath Falls on the rails.
By the 1990's, numbers dropped significantly. The railroad companies began to arrest men riding the rails and water shortages in the area resulted in a reduced need for migrant and transient workers. The number of 'beds' provided dropped from a high of just over 23,000 in 1996-1997 to a low of 8,200 'beds' in 2003.
Over the past decade the Gospel Mission began to see women with children and families seeking services. The Gospel Mission not only expanded who it served, it also added new services to better meet the basic needs of the homeless and those in need. Meals, educational classes, and support services were added. With these changes, the numbers began a steady climb and over 13,000 'beds' were provided in 2018.
This increase in the numbers served and the offering of more programs and services has resulted in a need for increased operating funds and an expansion of facilities. The KFGM expanded its funding base to a more diverse funding base, including operational funds through our Thrift Store sales. To meet increased facility demands, after several years of a planned capital campaign fund drive to build a new facility in a new location, we completed and moved into our new facility, located on the Klamath Works Human Resources Campus, in November 2018.
By developing more substantial and diversified funding, and by providing expanded facilities, the Gospel Mission is positioning itself well to meet the current and future needs of those it serves.
The Klamath Falls Gospel Mission has been a member of the national gospel mission association, Citygate Network (formerly the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions) since 1960.
Klamath Falls Gospel Mission is proud to announce Ammond Crawford has been selected as our new Executive Director. Ammond and his wife Amanda fell in love with the Klamath Basin on their honeymoon 18 years ago. Since then, they have vacationed here every year. After the tragic fires in Butte County, California in 2019, they and their two children moved to Klamath for good.
Ammond has a passion to see lives changed and people equipped with the Gospel for new life in Christ. He believes in the Mission’s work of Rescue, Recovery, and Renewal. “I’ve been there. I was the worst one of all. I should not have survived, but God brought me out of my addiction and gave me new life.” After 24 years clean, Ammond knows the life-giving power of the Gospel and zealously proclaims that no one is too far gone for God’s grace to reach.
Ammond has seen mission’s work from both sides, first as a client and later as director of the men’s New Life Recovery Program at Redding’s Good News Rescue Mission. As well as running his own business, he also has extensive experience in serving the community, as a staff member, at his former church home in Sebastopol, California. Now he is active in New Horizon Christian Fellowship.
Ammond resonates with the Gospel Mission’s unity with the Body of Christ to proclaim the Good News as well as its commitment to partner with other local service providers in lifting up the needy and hurting. He looks forward to meeting personally with local churches, community leaders, service providers, and all those whose faithful support makes this work possible. We invite you to come share lunch with the new director, 11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday. RSVP with Administrative Secretary Candy at 541-882-4895 X 0.
Mission: To advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ by providing, rescue, recovery, and renewal services in the city and county of Klamath Falls.
Vision: People who come through our doors will meet and embrace life in Jesus Christ and through having their spiritual and physical needs met will become vital, contributing members of our community.