Meet Bryan Stallings
How do you go from being a small business owner to launching one of the most dynamic organizations in the Ozarks? In Bryan Stallings’ case, it resulted from a simple desire.
Bryan grew up in the Kansas City metro area. Working for his father’s small business started him down the path of entrepreneurship. He moved to Branson in 1987 and opened a karaoke recording studio. Bryan soon launched a variety of enterprises: an ice cream shop, old-time photo studio, a pizzeria (whose marketing line “Free box with every pizza” was mentioned by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show), a gift wrap operation and others.
When Bryan became a single dad, he realized he needed to spend more time with his young family. He entered the corporate world as a store manager and sales rep, followed by a stint in real estate. Then something interesting happened.
Bryan met and married a wonderful woman named Amy. God placed a burden in their hearts to help the many people living in Branson’s weekly and monthly extended stay motels. So they organized a special Thanksgiving dinner for them in November 2008. It was a great success, and Jesus Was Homeless was born out of it.
In the years since, Bryan has become an expert in reaching people living in poverty (and helping equip them to climb out of poverty), as well as those far from God, unchurched or dechurched and helping them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
The organization now delivers free bag meals to nearly 1,500 people every week. Its highly successful Jobs for Life program provides much-needed employment training and access to healthcare through the Meet the Doc program. Special events, such as community barbecues and monthly service projects keeps the group connected to the people it serves.
In 2010, Bryan and Amy received the Community Spirit Award from the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. The next year they were presented with the Christian Service Award by Bott Radio Network. In 2013, the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce named Jesus Was Homeless its Charity of the Year.
In 2012, Bryan and Amy started Gateway Branson, a “church for people who don’t like church.” It’s a non-denominational fellowship of formerly unchurched people who now actively follow Jesus Christ.
Bryan and Amy have six children and live in the Branson area.
Bryan enjoys talking to clubs, churches, civic and government groups, or anyone who would like to know more about how Jesus Was Homeless is reaching people and making a difference in Branson.
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