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John FisherExecutive Director Friends of the Children | Fargo-Moorhead
John Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in Religious Studies and Psychology; he then earned his graduate degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
John’s nonprofit story starts as a junior in college when he and a close circle of friends founded a non-profit youth organization. It was during this time that the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for bettering communities and developing people was first sparked. That passion solidified as he worked with youth in church-based ministries in Tennessee and Kentucky. This desire to impact communities brought John and, his wife, Abby to North Dakota. John started three churches, grew the attendance, and recruited leaders to help. All the while, he worked in the non-profit sector. He was a program coordinator with the YMCA in school-based programs for almost six years developing youth, staff, and families. From there, he worked in a CNCS grant at NDSU as a program director. For the last three and a half years John has served as the Executive Director of CHARISM, a neighborhood-based non-profit serving youth through mentoring. He serves on the board of the Badges of Unity project, Young Professionals Network, Youth Improvement Board, and Kiwanis.
John just began his journey with Friends of the Children as the Executive Director of the newest chapter in Fargo. The future of Friends of the Children in Fargo is bright and John is thrilled to lead the movement to ensure that every child in Fargo and in Moorhead that needs a Friend, has a Friend.