Our History

CC PrisonJoe Fauss has been the International Director of Calvary Commission from 1977 until present. He is an Ordained Minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God, a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas with a B.C.A. in Missions and holds a Master of Arts degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield Missouri and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Vision International University. He is the author of the newly released, Challenging the Impossible from Hope House Publishing. His wife, Charlotte Fauss, is a retired teacher at the Lindale ISD and the Tyler ISD and holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.

Joe and Charlotte Fauss were owners of the Fauss’s Fine Foods chain of convenience stores and restaurants in Tyler from 1963-1977. He was an officer in the Bergfeld Shopping Center Merchants Association.

Before founding Calvary Commission in 1977, Joe and his wife, Charlotte, were founders and directors of Teen Challenge in Tyler, Texas for seven years. In May, 1972, District Judge Connally McKay presented Mr. Fauss the Liberty Bell Award on Law Day U.S.A. for his work in the rehabilitation of drug abusers. In 1975, the Mayor of Tyler proclaimed a “Teen Challege Week” for the City of Tyler, Texas.

Mr. Fauss has served as Visiting Chaplain at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 1974 and holds regular Hope Crusades and Hope Rallies in selected prisons. He has received ecclesiastical endorsement from the General Council of the Assemblies of God as a Certified Correctional Chaplain. He also travels extensively as a missionary executive challenging others to involvement in the Calvary Commission’s strategic missions projects. He shares his message at Missionary Conventions at various churches. Joe and Charlotte Fauss were commissioned as U.S. Missionaries in April, 2009 with a challenge to impart the vision of aftercare and prison ministry to the nation and internationally.

He serves as President and Chairman of the Board of Calvary Commission Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of Last Days Ministry.

In April, 1994, Joe Fauss was presented a Certificate of Commendation by the State of Texas Department of Criminal Justice with greetings from Texas Governor Ann Richards. The presentation was in “recognition of twenty years of valuable and honorable volunteer service with a high level of professionalism”.
Joe Fauss With President Bush
President George W. Bush (Then Texas Governor Bush) honored
Joe Fauss for serving in the institutions of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for over 23 years beginning at the Coffield Unit where he was the first volunteer to minister cell-to-cell in Administrative Segregation. He was also one of the first Volunteer Chaplains in meeting the overwhelming needs of incarcerated offenders. It was cited, “Joe and Charlotte Fauss have been involved in the transformation and training of convicted felons, sending them into every corner of the world to tell their story of spiritual transformation.”

Published on July 31, 2009 at 1:48 am  Leave a Comment  

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