Ron Willoughby has been serving as Executive Director/CEO of the Springfield Rescue Mission since 1987. He began his ministry by establishing our Residential Rehabilitation Program called the Men’s New Life Program and soon after he implemented a street feeding program called Operation SONshine.
Over the next decade Ron oversaw the implementation of many vital parts of the Springfield Rescue Mission ministries: 1989 – Give Away Center, 1990 - Prison Ministry and Detox Bible Study, 1995 - Learning Center, 1997 Emergency Shelter, 2002 Transitional Living Program.
Ron has served on many boards and committees including president of the Northeast Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) where he served 24 Rescue Missions. He has been on numerous AGRM committees as well as the Springfield Mayor’s Homeless Task Committee.
Ron's wife Cathie is an active and vital volunteer at the Rescue Mission. Ron and his wife have four children and four grandchildren. When not at the Rescue Mission, Ron enjoys visiting the family farm in NY, tending honey bees and being with his family.