Hurt to Hope:

From mega churches to slums to psych wards


After over a decade of speaking to teens, directing youth ministries in some of the largest, fastest-growing churches in America; After working in some of the most notorious slums around the world and now directing a ministry to those struggling with mental illness, J. Ware has seen ministry manifest its self in many ways and feels a passion to reach people with the gospel through his story of struggle ultimately, going from hurt to hope.

J. rare! He has that intangible quality that is hard to describe, but when you've been around J. - or heard him speak - you know that you've encountered something special. Something special that points to a higher purpose and a deeper story, one that inspires us all to live more fully. J. is very authentic, inspiring and lives with a sense of humor - so whether its a one-on-one conversation or whether he's speaking to hundreds, you still walk away feeling a connection emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. He's the real deal and one of my favorite speakers!
Frances Forgione
Frances Forgione
LCSW, LAC, Denver Counseling & Executive Life Coaching and Associate Pastor, The Sanctuary, Denver, CO

Church, Camp, or Conference

No Matter Your Event...



Whether you're working with youth or adults, we sometimes need a spiritual defibrillator. I know the fight to keep things fresh and relevant. Taking a fresh look at the gospel through missions can be life changing and the catalyst for spiritual growth in your group or congregation.

Prepared Sermon Topics


J. has several regularly requested and thought provoking topical messages you can choose from or he can prepare a message around your theme.

  • “Mania”
  • “Hypo-Mania”
  • “Depression”
  • “BPD: ‘Maturity’"
  • “Failure & Success”
  • “Accountability”
  • “Growth"

Youth Camps & Retreats

There is nothing more beautiful than a camper’s spiritual change from Monday to Friday night. Imagine if we could not only give the gospel but give a passion for sharing the gospel through missions in the same week. Let’s give campers a next step when they leave Saturday morning.

Prepared Sermon Topics


J. has several regularly requested and thought provoking topical messages you can choose from or he can prepare a message around your theme.

  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Fear
  • Water
  • Light of Jesus
  • Walls
  • JUMP!


Church Content, Videos, Series titles change every year at the various conferences but the gospel has never changed. I strongly believe the church could benefit from more about missions and the gospel. Let’s ignite a passion for missions and reaching the lost.

Subjects to Address


J. has several regularly requested and thought provoking topical messages you can choose from or he can prepare a message around your theme.

  • Being A Christian With Mental Illness
  • Codependency (With wife Becca)
  • Living with Bipolar & Borderline
  • Parenting With Mental Illness
  • Grace & Your Manic Behavior
As the keynote speaker for our high school outreach weekend, J was an effective communicator that held the attention of a large group of un-churched teenagers who were not accustomed to someone teaching spiritual Truth. Over 2 days and through 4 messages J articulately and powerfully explained the Gospel effectively engaging the kids with humility and his down to earth personal approach.
Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson
Executive Director Metro Pittsburgh Youth For Christ

What's this thing going to cost?

I have spent years in ministry and understand all sorts of factors that determine how much a speaker may receive in compensation. I could itemize my costs, add my experience etc. etc. but that’s not how I work. I’m not independently wealthy so I do need to pay my bills but God has laid it on my heart to speak truth in an authentic, honest, loving way. I’m much more interested in sharing the gospel and getting folks connected to an amazing God than I am about compensation.

Let’s talk. My schedule allows me the availability to speak at camps in the summer and retreats in the fall. First, factor in my gas money to and from the camp or ministry site. Second, If it’s summer, I would like to bring my family. Can you add a few seats at your meal times? Third, Can you offer a place for the 7 of us in my family to stay while I speak? Fourth, would you take into account one or two of my kids attending camp as a camper while I speak? Fifth, I have bills. God will provide but you can decide what you give me as an honorarium. Please read my bio to factor the cost and just look at your budget and what you are paying others.

Let’s talk. This is about lives changed for eternity...not money. I’ll work with your budget any way I can. I sincerely mean that. - J. Ware


Let's Talk!

Contact me through the form below or call me at (513) 720-2940 to discuss how I can help make your next event a success.

What Others are Saying About J.

Luke McClainJ. Ware is a gifted and articulate communicator. He is fiercely passionate about seeing people encounter the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His heart for missions is contagious and as a former youth pastor I have seen students catch God’s heart for missions through J.
Luke McClain
Pastor of Ministry Development, Crossroads Ministries
Emma AdamsAs a former student in J's senior high youth group, I have heard Jspeak many times. J has the ability to speak in a way that is real and authentic and yet brings out Biblical truth. His messages still stay with me today. I am so grateful for the times I had J as my senior high youth pastor.
Emma Adams
Former Student
Ryan MiddletonThe Holy Spirit masterfully used J to captivate, empathize, inspire, encourage and comfort men and women, old and young alike.
Ryan Middleton
Director of Outreach, the Bible Chapel
Anni KefferJ. Ware is a speaker that brings engagement, passion and truth to every message he gives. He presents the gospel in a bold and exciting manner that will leave all of your attendees with a better knowledge of what the Bible says. I highly recommend him for your next event!
Anni Keffer
Author Leadership Starts With WHY, Speaker, Coach