Meet John Williford


  • Mental Health Peer Specialist
  • QPR Certified (Suicide Crisis Intervention)
  • Mental Health First Aid Certified
  • Member of the Association of Professional Fundraisers

John’s Story

John joined HeartSupport in the Spring of 2016 to bring his passion for people to the heavy metal scene. A former Marine, he deployed to the Al Anbar province during the Iraq War. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he began attending the University of Texas but found himself struggling through excessive drinking, partying, and abusing drugs. John met Ben Sledge from HeartSupport and they formed a relationship that began to transform his life. Upon graduating, he continued his education earning a Masters from Bethel Seminary and then joined the HeartSupport Team as their Fundraising Manager, where he ensures every donor knows that they’re valued and their money transforms lives just like it had his. John now lives in Houston, TX with his wife Abby.