Stu Butler, Haven of Rest Executive Director/CEO

Stu Butler, Haven of Rest Executive Director/CEO

Welcome to The Haven's home on the web! Since 1960 Haven of Rest has been restoring broken lives with the truth of God's Word. We are thankful the many people who help us to fulfill our mission and provide Biblical hope to men and women on a daily basis.

Whether you are seeking freedom from a life-dominating problem, wanting to help The Haven in some way, or are simply looking for information about what we do – we are glad you are here! It is our hope that our website will provide information and inspiration, and that you will join us as we seek to provide help and hope to men and women in need.

Feel free to email us if you have questions or comments about the services we provide. Please join us as we seek to advance our mission to point lives to Christ!

Saved to Serve,


Mission Statement:

Haven of Rest Ministries exists to see those bound by life-dominating problems “rescued, restored, and released” while experiencing the love of the Lord Jesus Christ who commands us in the Great Commission:

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age
— MATTHEW 28:18-20

Core Values:

  • Identification
    • (Philippians 2:3-5, Matthew 22:36-39)
      Following Christ’s example by loving God supremely and loving others sacrificially
  • Integrity
    • (2 Corinthians 8:21, Proverbs 11:14)
      Walking in honesty and truth while seeking wise counsel that is pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Innovation
    • (Romans 12:1-2)
      Moving past average by seeking new solutions for tomorrow
  • Intentionality
    • (2 Timothy 2:2, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
      Pursuing excellence in Christian discipleship, servant leadership, and hospitality
  • Information
    • (Psalm 19:2, Habakkuk 2:2)
      Communicating effectively internally and externally through active listening and information sharing


In October 1960, Haven of Rest Rescue Mission was founded as a place for homeless men to receive food, shelter, and help. It was started by a group of Christian businessmen who were concerned about the homeless wandering the streets in Anderson. The ministry began in a small building with 6 donated bunk-beds. The first ministry director, Hugh Parsons, became a Christian at the Haven of Rest Rescue Mission in Acron, Ohio. He wanted the Anderson ministry to have the same name.

Today, Haven of Rest is a Christ-centered ministry that provides hope, healing, and recovery for men and women facing life-dominating problems, such as homelessness and addiction. The Haven has grown to accommodate an average of 90 men and women in its facilities. Programs are free of charge to men and women who need help.