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About Glenn

Rev. Glenn Cranfield's commitment to serving those experiencing homelessness began while he was serving as pastor of a church in Oklahoma City and he accepted an invitation to speak during a chapel service at a shelter in the downtown area. During the chapel service Glenn shared the stories of the Jewish religious leader Nicodemus in John 3, and the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4, teaching that no person is so good they don’t need Jesus, and no person is so bad they can’t have Jesus. When a homeless man approached him after the service and shared his life story, asking if that could really be true—deeply moved by the idea that Jesus could love him after all he’d done—Glenn felt God clearly speaking to his heart. This was what he was meant to do with his life: communicate the love of God to the desperate, homeless and poor.

Glenn has served as president and CEO of Nashville Rescue Mission since 2012, after leading City Rescue Mission in Oklahoma City for nearly a decade prior. He is passionate about helping those experiencing homelessness encounter real, lasting life-change by sharing with them the transformative love of God, cultivating hope and equipping them to build a new path forward.

Glenn's extensive experience leading these organizations and walking alongside unhoused neighbors year after year has given him a deep understanding of the systemic and individual causes of homelessness, what actually changes lives long-term and ultimately, a genuine compassion for each person who experiences homelessness and hardship.


"No one is so good that they don't need Jesus and no one is so bad that they can't have Jesus. And when I close my Bible at night, those two chapters meet together, and that's the message that God has for you."

- Glenn Cranfield

Current Memberships

Christian Leadership Alliance

Credentialed Christian Nonprofit Leader
Since 2016

Citygate Network Board of Directors

Vice Chair
Since 2018

Leadership Nashville
Leadership Nashville

Since 2013

Homeless Impact Division
Nashville Homeless Impact Division

Since 2012

Nashville Downtown Kiwanis

Since 2019

National Coalition for the Homeless
National Coalition for the Homeless

Since 1997

Nashville Homeless Alliance

Since 2012

With over two decades of leadership experience, Glenn, a master story-teller, brings authentic wisdom and valuable insight to discussions surrounding homelessness and poverty, whether to a conference stage, church congregation or over coffee.