Financial and policy details for the Grants Pass Gospel Rescue Mission.

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Process For Determining CEO Compensation: The Executive Director is paid at the direction of the Board of Directors. The director does not set his own salary or employee benefits that he derives. Director raises are determined by a 2/3 majority of the quorum at hand and recorded in the regular minutes of the Board of Directors.


1983   –  Walt and Elaine Fikso turn a beauty supply store into a shelter for homeless men.

1991   –   The Mission grows to include women and children in a small house in Grants Pass

1996   –   Walt Fikso goes to be with the Lord.

1997   –   The Board of Director hires Keith O. Heck as the new Executive Director

1999   –   Plans are drawn up for a new multiphase campus.

2003   –  Fikso Family Center is opened to shelter up to 60 homeless women & children.

2004   –  Funding and ground breaking begins for new men’s shelter to be named Wagner Hall.

2010   –  Construction of Wagner Hall continues.

2010   –  The Board of Directors hires Ken Emilio as the new Executive Director.

2011   –   Occupancy is granted for Wagner Hall to shelter 78 homeless men.

2012   –   Over $100,000 funding for purchasing of beds, furniture, lockers and kitchen is awarded.

2013   –   The Mission builds a new micro-farm and food processing – preservation program

2014   –   New Women’s chapel program and Children’s ministry added.

2015   –   Construction begins on new computer labs for residents.

2016   –   New computer labs are operational for resident use.



GRM Staff

Ken Emilio – Executive Director

Valorie Emilio – Newsletters & Publication

Brian Bouteller – Director of Resident Services

Kevin Maloney – Operations Director

Clyde Bergquist – Men’s Coordinator

Farrah Guthrie –Women’s Coordinator

Connie Quigley – Resident Support Specialist

Glenn Sprigg – Manager – Thrift Store

Eric Mortinson – Communications Director


The GRM Board of Directors

The Gospel-Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors is its governing body. This group of committed Christian individuals strives to maintain the Vision and Mission statements of the Gospel Rescue Mission.


Ron Marsh – Board Chairman

Richard Emmons – Vice Chairman

Ron Strom – Secretary

Jim Brumbach – Member

Brad Converse – Member

Denny Stahl – Member

Matt Gali – Member

Paul True – Member

The Grants Pass Gospel Rescue Mission is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.