Speaking at Storyline Conference at Willow Creek Church, Chicago

Dr. John Sowers

Co-FOUNDER, 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. John's 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-cultural initiatives for Dr. Graham in both Los Angeles and New York, working with over twenty different language groups in both cities. 

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 next book comes out in 2020.


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. 


 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Donald Miller


Donald Miller is the founder of The Mentoring Project and Storyline, an organization that helps people live better stories.  Since 2009, Don has worked with his Storyline and StoryBrand team full-time.  Don is still a fierce advocate for mentoring and headlines The Mentoring Project's yearly Father's Day fundraiser - Don't Buy the Tie.

In 2009, Don asked then-board member John Sowers to lead The Mentoring Project, which was a ministry of Imago Dei church.  Because of their common background of growing up without a father and because of their mutual desire to help people not be defined or defeated by their past - John and Don have remained close friends.  When speaking about working with John, Don said that "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 love their wives, 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 dog Lucy.