LEARN ABOUT VISION AMERICA
Vision America was founded in 1998 by Dr. Rick Scarborough, who was the pastor of First Baptist Church in Pearland, Texas, at that time. A team of notable Christian leaders, including Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Adrian Rogers, Dr. Peter Marshall, Dr. Tim LaHaye, and Dr. Jerry Falwell, helped Dr. Scarborough form Vision America and provided guidance for the first few years.
The burden for Vision America was birthed in Dr. Scarborough when his daughters’ high school hosted an assembly in 1992, without properly informing parents, that promoted morally objectionable behaviors as “educational.” Dr. Scarborough spoke out at that assembly and thereafter, and educated and mobilized those in his congregation to do the same. The shocking nature of what was happening in their local school awakened him and his people to the urgency and need for the church to become “salt and light” to the culture—to speak truth and advocate for biblical values in the civic arena.
In the months and years that followed, Dr. Scarborough encouraged his congregation to run for public office. And they did. They served as school board officials, making major changes in the high school that better reflected a conservative Christian worldview. Within two years, members of Dr. Scarborough’s church occupied most of the positions in their local city council. Others became judges or were elected to the State House of Representatives. Yet another person is still serving as a U.S. Congressman today. As a pastor, Dr. Scarborough educated and mobilized his people to take action and lead their community, state, and our nation to restore and uphold Biblical values through civic involvement.
Since the founding of Vision America, Dr. Scarborough has addressed over 20,000 pastors face-to-face at gatherings across the country, calling them to lead their people to become salt and light in the culture. Two award-winning documentaries have focused on the work of Vision America, and the Washington Post featured the organization on the front page as their lead story in 2005.
While traveling the country in 2002, Dr. Scarborough met John Graves, who was running for U.S. Congress at the time. A friendship was quickly formed based on their shared Christian beliefs and heart for the country.
John began serving and traveling alongside Dr. Scarborough, becoming an integral part of the important work of encouraging and challenging pastors to lead their people to action. John brought Acts 20:28 Pastors, which he founded, to Vision America. This has resulted in marrying the shared burden to mobilize pastors with the latest technology and data to help faith leaders better understand the condition of their congregation concerning civic involvement.
In December of 2016, John Graves assumed the leadership of Vision America, becoming its president and providing innovative approaches to mobilizing people of faith. Dr. Scarborough continues to speak and serve with Vision America.