Cup of Cool Water was founded by Mark Terrell.

In the spring of 1995, God kept reminding Mark of two youth who were homeless who he met while in college at Whitworth University. Mark would pray for them, but one day prayer didn’t seem to be enough.

So he asked God, “Why?”

It was then that God came into Mark’s apartment and said, “I am trying to get your attention. I want you to share My love and hope with youth who are homeless through outreach, day and evening drop-in, shelter, school, and follow-up.”

Mark responded, “Yes Lord, and I need three things: credibility, accountability, and someone to take care of the money.”

Three weeks later, Mark met a man whose ministry helped people like Mark get started. Soon an advisory board was formed, and Mark started doing outreach by himself. That didn’t work out too well. God told Mark to pray for volunteers. The first volunteer came on October 9, 1995. Shortly after that, more volunteers showed up. They would meet and walk around downtown, looking for youth who are homeless.

Over the next few years, Cup of Cool Water added an office at Central United Methodist, then First Baptist (now Slavic Baptist Church), and then City Gate Fellowship. Finally in 2004, Cup of Cool Water moved into its current location on West Second Avenue.


Mark Terrell

Mark Terrell

Founder and President

Mark Terrell is our Founder and President. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitworth University and a doctorate of ministry degree from Bakke Graduate School. Mark founded CCW in 1995 out of the back of his ’89 200SX, and he’s since led the ministry through partnerships with several churches and ultimately into our current building. He appreciates the community that is created here between the staff, kids, and donors. “It truly takes everyone using their gifts to make this place a place of peace, hope, and love. After 20 years I am still in awe at how God continues to transform the staff and kids into the people He created us to be. We are constantly learning and growing and God is continually faithful.” Mark enjoys spending time with family, backpacking, riding bicycles, swimming, running, reading, washing the dishes (really!), yard work, and taking naps.

Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark

Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Advocate

Jeremy is our Volunteer Coordinator and Youth Advocate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Whitworth University and is working toward his master’s degree in theology. He’s been with Cup of Cool Water since March 2014, and he cares deeply for youth who have been abused and neglected. Jeremy considers his involvement with CCW as a gift that he constantly receives. “It has been a blessing to be a part of an organization that cares about [the staff’s] well-being. I have been inspired by the care and compassion of the people here who are involved with clients and volunteers.” Jeremy enjoys rock climbing, reading, and working on home projects.

David Castro

David Castro

Bike Mechanic and Youth Advocate

David hails from the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles and comes to us with a heart for ministry, a zeal for the cycling community, and leadership experience in both.