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Serving & Loving Those in Need in Lexington

in 2019, your gifts have made possible:

Meals Served

Chapel Visits

Job Placements

Nights of Lodging

Life-Skill Graduates

Families Housed

Our History

In the fall of 2000, Jim and Becky Connell felt led by the Lord to start a ministry to the poor and homeless. In April 2001, Jim left his job in Columbus, Indiana, and moved to Lexington to start the Lexington Rescue Mission.

Four months later, the mission purchased a building on North Limestone with the help of a generous gift from a Lexington couple. On November 21, 2001, services started with a Thanksgiving banquet at Broadway Christian Church. The mission then opened its doors to anyone in need of food, clothing, and financial assistance and began offering Bible studies and chapel services for guests.

Since that time, the mission has grown and changed to meet the needs of those we serve. However, one thing remains the same: God is at work here, rebuilding broken lives.


Our Timeline

Our Dedicated


Andrew Baker

Director of Restorative Services

Jim Connell

Executive Director

Seniora Burdette

Accounting Assistant

Becky Connell

Food Services Coordinator

Laura Carr

Chief Operating Officer

Helen Coulter

Administrative Assistant

Tammy Clay

Mission Cook

Yvette Davis

Development Coordinator

Sherry Dawson

Administrative Assistant

Renee Dodson

Advance Lexington Coordinator

Erica Dominguez

Director of Outreach Services

Mark Gaus

Potter’s House Case Manager

Norris Gerton

Mission Janitor

Christen Goosey

Rapid Rehousing Counselor

Janice Huber

Administrative Coordinator

Lee Hunter

Director of Employment Services

Julius Johnson

Director of Re-Entry Services

Donna Junker

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Mark Kurtz

Director of Donor Relations

Kim livesay

Director of Development

Ansley mcelroy

VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

Jim Norton

VISTA Re-Entry Volunteer Coordinator

shanda oakley

Resource Coordinator

Tim Robbins

Re-Entry Case Manager

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VISTA Re-Entry Volunteer Coordinator

Delores Spencer

Administrative Assistant

Veronica tipton

AmeriCorps Housing Counselor

Thomas Wallace

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Board of Directors

Gary Loucks, President – VP Commercial Mortgage Officer, Central Bank & Trust Co.
Elizabeth Royse, Vice President – Employment Services Manager, Netgain Technologies
Jeff Yeary,
Secretary & Treasurer – Commercial Real Estate Broker, H&W Management
Gary Brown, Director – Retired, IBM
Jim Connell, Director – Executive Director, Lexington Rescue Mission
Maxine Franklin, Director – Retired, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Kaleb Heitzman, Director – Online Developer & Consultant, Consulting in the Ministry & Online World
Wayne Logan, Director – Sr. Acct. Consultant, Netgain Technologies
Rob McBride, Director – Lending Officer, Guardian Savings Bank


The Mission is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization that is governed by a local Board of Directors and is a certified member of Citygate Network. The mission is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

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Lexington Rescue Mission will not trade, share, or sell our donors’ personal information with anyone else nor will we send our donors mailings on behalf of other organizations.

Our Statement

of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God and that there is one eternal God, who exists in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. This event we hold to be an experience, rather than a doctrinal supposition.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

We believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in Christ, and together they form one body, the CHURCH.

Lexington Rescue Mission

444 Glen Arvin Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 381-9600

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