In 2008, Author Donald Miller called Dr. John Sowers to come and launch The Mentoring Project. At the time, TMP was a local outreach of Imago Dei Church in Portland. Dr. Sowers moved from Los Angeles to Portland to incorporate and launch TMP. Since then, TMP has conducted mentor trainings and launched sustainable mentoring communities all over the world, including cities such as: Portland, Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Miami, Los Angeles, as well as cities in Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. TMP has grown into a global, mentor training and recruiting catalyst. (Pictured above is John, Don and TMP staff with NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy and 2018 NCAA Football Coach of the Year, Scott Frost, at the TMP #EndtheList mentor recruiting event.) 


Dr. John Sowers

Co-FOUNDER and president, The Mentoring Project; Author and speaker 

Dr. John Sowers is Co-Founder of The Mentoring Project, which he incorporated in 2009 at the invitation of author Donald Miller. His past experiences include: directing an inner-city homeless shelter, teaching as a university professor, speaking in federal prisons and developing international cities for Dr. Billy Graham. John directed multi-language initiatives for Dr. Graham in both Los Angeles and New York, working with over twenty different languages in both cities. He has spoken all over the world, at churches, colleges and conferences, and his work has been recognized by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and others. John completed his doctorate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in the area of fatherlessness. Zondervan published his dissertation under the title, Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story.  Because of his work in the field of mentoring, John was awarded The President’s Champion of Change Award at the White House. John is the author of The Heroic Path, an experiential rites-of-passage book for men. His written works can be found over at: johnsowers.com. 

Dr. Sowers does book readings and speaks regularly at mentor training and recruiting events, where he inspires and encourages people to "show up" in the lives of children. To inquire about having Dr. Sowers in your city, please follow the link below. 

Donald Miller


Donald Miller is the founder of The Mentoring Project and Storybrand, an organization that helps people and brands tell better stories.  In 2009, Don asked then-board member John Sowers to lead The Mentoring Project, which was an outreach of Imago Dei church. Don has said "John Sowers is living proof that God can take fatherless boys and turn them into men of integrity and excellence, men who lead movements and even men who write books. I am very proud of him, and he is very proud of me.” Don is a celebrated author of several books including New York Times bestsellers Scary CloseBlue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.  He lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Elizabeth and his dogs Lucy and June Carter.


Bruce Doane


Bruce Doane serves as Program Director for The Mentoring Project, overseeing and supporting mentors recruited and trained by TMProject for Police Gang Prevention mentoring. Bruce also directs and participates in TMProject Mentor Moments and engages in other content development and programming support.  In his spare time, Bruce enjoys reading, writing, cycling, hiking, campfires and most anything outdoors.  Bruce is married and lives in OKC and he writes over at www.experiencethedilemma.wordpress.com