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Serving & Loving Those in Need in Lexington

in 2018, your gifts have provided:

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


Kathlene Ashcraft

Data Entry Specialist

Andrew Baker

Director of Restorative Services

Seniora Burdette

Accounting Assistant

Laura Carr

Director of Development

Sharonda Clay

Mission Cook

Becky Connell

Food Services Coordinator

Jim Connell

Executive Director

Helen Coulter

Administrative Assistant

Yvette Davis

Development Coordinator

Sherry Dawson

Administrative Assistant

Renee Dodson

Resource Coordinator

Erica Dominguez

Director of Outreach Services

Mark Gaus

Potter’s House Case Manager

Norris Gerton

Mission Janitor

Christen Goosey

VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

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

Stephanie Linseisen

Advance Lexington Coordinator

Tim Robbins

Re-Entry Case Manager

Delores Spencer

Administrative Assistant

Sean Wade

Assistant Director, Res. Services

Thomas Wallace

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Board of Directors

Gary Loucks, President – VP Commercial Mortgage Officer, Central Bank & Trust Co.
David Stone, Vice President – Retired, Lexington Herald-Leader
John Elder, Secretary and Treasurer – Retired, IBM
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
Elizabeth Royse, Director – Employment Services Manager, Netgain Technologies
Jeff Yeary, Director – Commercial Real Estate Broker, H&W Management


The Mission is an interdenominational Christian non-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors and is a certified member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.
Lexington Rescue Mission is an accredited member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and was an early adopter of GoodGiving.net.
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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