Founded by Joel and Cheryl Rogers in 2011 in Cleveland, Tennessee, we are a social ministry of The Salvation Army.
Our local Salvation Army Corps (what the Salvation Army calls their churches), didn’t have a community center of any kind. There was no place available for us to do ministry, so we decided to create one. The idea was that we could put the founders many years of experience running a coffeehouse to work, and pair it with their passion for equipping and empowering youth; we could craft delicious coffee, and use the space to do amazing ministry with the community.
The funds raised by selling the coffee would offset the expense of the facility, and enable us to be available to our community whenever crisis hit. Area High School students can engage in a specially designed discipleship program where they learn life skills, job skills, and leadership skills from a practical and Biblical perspective. Others in the community have a safe space to come and fellowship, visit with friends, and connect- and all of it supports the work of The Salvation Army in the Cleveland community!
We didn’t feel it was fair or right to create this environment that benefited us locally without also ensuring that those involved in growing and preparing the coffee were also being reached- so we only use coffee that is acquired via Direct Trade.
So you can rest easy when you enjoy coffee from Inman Coffee, knowing that you are helping to change lives both locally and around the globe!
That vision, launched over a decade ago, has been equipping and empowering youth and young adults to find their worth and change the world. Those who have come through our doors have been sent out literally around the globe, and are making real change as ministers, missionaries, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, and beyond.
“My time at Inman taught me how ministry is not only found within the church walls but it is found in the overflow of our entire lives. My love for people grew in this coffeeshop- by learning how to serve even a simple cup of coffee, pursuing genuine conversation with strangers who would become regular faces in my everyday life, and learning how to daily give my ‘yes’ to hard work and loving others no matter the circumstance. Inman was my launching pad to, now, my present life of missions, loving others and saying ‘yes’ to Jesus no matter the cost.”
-Haley Dorsey, Missionary with Circuit Riders, Huntington Beach, CA
“I am so excited for all that God has done through Inman, years of amazing coffee and transformed lives! I’m so grateful to be a part of your extended family out here in the United Kingdom. I first walked in to these doors in 2011 as a senior at Lee University having a mid-life crisis at 21. I really had no idea who I was and was desperate for family connection and anchoring, and I found that at Inman.”
-Jennifer Paul Simmons, Hope Spring Charity, Sunderland, UK
“I was a part of Inman right from the beginning. It was amazing to see all the ways God used Inman in so many peoples lives, but also in myself. Inman really shaped me- they really taught me how to love people well. It’s been so cool seeing how God used that time in my life to prepare me for how He is using me today. I am now a missionary in Cambodia, and have served here for over 7 years, but Inman is always family and is a special place to me.”
-Isaac Lutz, Country Director for People for Care And Learning, Siem Reap, Cambodia