Our staff at Waterfront Rescue Mission would love to share the successes being accomplished for our community with your church, school, business, or civic group. You’ll hear testimonies from people who have been through Mission programs and gain valuable insight into their experiences and the challenges our clients face while working through the our Bible-based, proven, rigorous, life-changing programs.

Mission speakers are happy to answer your questions and guide you into service at Waterfront Rescue Mission – helping our community’s homeless, broken, and poor.

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President and CEO

Clay Romano currently serves as President and CEO of the Waterfront Rescue Mission. A native Floridian, Clay moved to Pensacola in 1991 from his hometown of Lantana located in Palm Beach County. In 2006, Clay received his BSBA in Professional Accountancy & Finance from the University of West Florida and his CPA designation in 2008. He has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Pensacola State College.

Clay has served on many non-profit boards and currently serves as the Secretary / Treasurer of the First Priority of the Emerald Coast. First Priority is a non-profit organization that exists to educate, train, and provide resources for Christian students to legally form clubs and share the gospel with unbelieving students on the public school campus. Clay has served on other boards including Pathways for Change, Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties Special Olympics, and Northwest Florida Breast Cancer Association. In addition, he has served as a youth mentor at N.B. Cook Elementary and has coached youth soccer.


Vice President of Ministry Services

Jason Grizzard has served at Waterfront Rescue Mission for over 15 years and is currently the VP of Ministry Services. Jason has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Seminary, and has extensive experience and knowledge in the arena of homeless ministry, addiction recovery, as well as organizational management.

“I love the opportunity to work for those who need care and love and respect to be the person that God designed them to be – just like all of us! I would love to talk with you or your organization about who Waterfront is, what we do, and how we are working to see lives transformed along the Gulf Coast.” – Jason Grizzard


Chaplain and Recovery Counselor

Bob was the General Manager of a local Christian Radio Station when he joined Waterfront’s Board of Directors in January 1988, coming on staff the following year. With that history, he is our link to knowing the Mission’s Founder, all of those who have served as President/CEO, and as a witness to much of Waterfront’s growth and development.  

“This ministry is so close to the Lord’s heart, it is an honor to serve where many people in such dire situations can find help: a fresh start at restoration and transformation. Helping them is not quick, cheap, or easy… but it is vitally important for them and our community. Waterfront is where Donors, Volunteers, and Staff discover the reality of the scripture. It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)” – Bob Rogers


Director of Public Relations and Development

Mark came to Waterfront after spending 17 years as a Pastor and Executive Pastor. During that time, he learned the value of community connections and a deep love for caring for people. As the Director of PR & Development, Mark is the chief storyteller at Waterfront. His drive is to connect the community and churches with the life-changing work that is happening at our Missions and the value of partnering with Waterfront. Mark believes that Waterfront is a tool that not only ministers to the homeless community, but it helps individuals and organizations learn to love people that may seem difficult.