In May of 1999, Randy and Terri Johnson were moved to action when they watched the horrifying reports of the devastation caused by the largest tornado in recorded history in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Wanting to help, but living halfway across the country in Virginia, they borrowed trucks and trailers to deliver three loads of supplies to those whose needs far outmatched their own. Little did they know when they began their journey that it was that trip to Oklahoma that would change the trajectory of their lives. In bringing hope to people in desperate need, they found their calling. Soon after, the non-profit crisis response organization known as God’s Pit Crew was born.
Over the last 20 years, God’s Pit Crew has responded to 112 major disasters in 27 states and 12 countries. We have built and furnished more than 45 homes and freely donated them to families in need, as well as renovating dozens of churches and children’s homes. With over 50 pieces of equipment, we have been privileged to distribute more than 500 million pounds of relief supplies to individuals and agencies in order to bring hope, help, and restoration to hurting people in times of crisis. God’s Pit Crew is comprised of over 500 volunteers who serve an average of 70,000 hours per year.
It is our continued desire to become one of the most effective disaster relief organizations in America so that we can continue responding as God leads to hurting people in times of crisis — whether it be across the street or around the world.