John Graves, Esq., President
John Graves became the president of Vision America in January 2017. Prior to assuming leadership of Vision America, John served as a board member and in various roles alongside its founder, Dr. Rick Scarborough, mobilizing and encouraging pastors and Christians across the country to be voices of truth to our nation. For over 30 years, John has served pastors in local churches and parachurch organizations after becoming a Christ-follower in 1986 during his sophomore year in college.
John is bi-vocational, having been ordained a pastor by Pastor Jack Hayford, and he serves local church pastors. He also owns a small business with his close friend and partner. His business background led him to applying business principles, empirical evidence, and measured return on investment to all efforts to reach pastors and people of faith. He created heat maps of both churches and social conservatives in each state that led to each dollar being strategically stewarded for maximum impact.
Once “anti-political,” John felt compelled to become involved in the aftermath of the attack on our nation on September 11, 2001. He soon ran for U.S. Congress in Texas, and the lessons learned from that process created many of the cutting-edge ideas used by Vision America to reach people of faith.
John is convinced that when Christians, and especially pastors, lead others to become involved in community issues, they can and do make a massive impact on the culture. He served a pastor in a predominately African-American church for several years after law school, and he planted several college and young adult ministries in different local churches of varying denominations. These experiences have given him a unique passion to serve the younger generation, all denominations, and minority pastors with the unique challenges they face.
His was invited as an expert on church efforts to a think-tank leadership group with other national leaders in different fields of expertise with the goal of true inner-city revitalization efforts for the poor and those in need.
His beliefs that God gave leaders as gifts to the Church and that Jesus is the only hope for any nation led him to develop Acts 20:28 Pastors, bringing resources and breakthrough technology to today’s church leaders to help mobilize people of faith to vote. The result of this work led to pastors across the nation joining our efforts and the reclassification of Vision America as an Association of Churches by the IRS.
His efforts to serve people of faith led him to create church-approved voter guides in elections - with broad, factual support on issues and hyperlinks to footnotes - and new technological methods directly micro-targeted these non-partisan voter guides through home Wi-Fi and social media to over 5 million Christians. Vision America provides these voter guides for free to pastors and people of faith.
John received his B.B.A. in accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler in 1990 and won statewide awards for advocacy. He received his law degree at Texas Tech University School of Law in 1993 and was selected to the National Order of Barristers. John currently serves on the board of Jack Hayford Ministries and King’s Ransom Foundation. He and his wife, Nicole, have five children, and actively serve in their local church.
Dr. Rick Scarborough, Founder
Dr. Scarborough graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978 and earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Houston Baptist University, with a double major in Political Science and Speech. He did additional studies in Greek at Dallas Theological Seminary. He founded Vision America in 1998 while he was the senior pastor of Pearland First Baptist .
Dr. Scarborough has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and CBS Evening News and numerous other television and radio programs. The work of Vision America has been featured in several documentaries and specials such as CNN’s award-winning special, “God’s Warriors,” and the HBO documentary, “Friends of God.” Dr. Scarborough’s work was also featured on the front page of the Washington Post. He has written several books and booklets and contributed to numerous periodicals. In 2016, he released Mighty Men Stay on Track.
Dr. Scarborough continues to speak to pastors with Vision America, and currently serves with Dr. Jim Garlow in Washington, D.C., and Well Versed, Inc. He is devoting his time to disciple members of Congress and other governmental leaders. He is initiating Bible studies, focusing on the various agencies and departments such as the State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, the Judiciary, Department of Energy, White House Staff, to name a few. Vision America now possesses a unique opportunity to bring meaningful change to America’s Capitol.
Dr. Scarborough and his wife, Tommye, have two grown children, Misty and Richard, four grandchildren, and one daughter in heaven, Kathryn, who finished her assignment here in 2004 at 25 years of age.