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Serving & Loving Those in Need in Lexington

In 2023, your gifts made possible:

Meals Served

People provided warm beds and discipleship in our transitional homes

People assisted with re-entering the community after incarceration

People living on the streets connected to treatment programs

people clothed

homeless men, women, and children moved into permanent housing

people placed in jobs to provide for themselves and their families

people heard the Gospel at chapel services and Bible studies

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.

Over the years, the mission has grown and changed to meet the needs of those we serve. Today, people in need come to the mission for help with food, finding affordable housing, getting off the streets, connecting to treatment, getting back on their feet in our transitional housing, finding lasting employment, and re-entering the community after incarceration.

In all that we do, our vision remains the same: rebuilding broken lives on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. Through Him, we see lives changed.


Our Timeline

Our Dedicated


Allan Alvarez

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Mae Barbosa

Street Outreach Case Manager

Brandon Best

Facilities Manager

Laura Carr

Executive Director

Helen Coulter

Administrative Assistant

Erin Cress

Annual Giving Coordinator

Renee Dodson

Director of Employment Services

Erica Dominguez

Director of Outreach Services

Benjamin Dunaway

Street Outreach Case Manager

Ernest Estes

Intake Coordinator, Maintenance Specialist

Mark Gamble

Direct Placement Job Coordinator

Kendra Garey

Chief Operating Officer

Beth Gillock

Life Transformation Case Manager

Lee Hunter

Director of Life Transformation Program

Isaura Jeronimo

HIP Coordinator

Julius Johnson

Director of Re-Entry Services

Jacob Kaylor

Development Coordinator

Dylan Lancaster

Resource Coordinator

Kim livesay

Director of Development

Alicia Merriman

HIP Case Manager

Dana Moussa

Project Peace Resource Specialist

Ted Osborn

Life Transformation Case Manager

cristy phillips

Life Transformation Case Manager

Jesse Pilgrim

Outreach Center Janitor

Alex Quinn

Re-Entry Mentor Coordinator

Tim Robbins

Re-Entry Case Manager

Zea Shipman

Volunteer Coordinator

Tammy Smith

Food Service Coordinator

Maria Sturgill

Life Transformation Care Coordinator

Daniel Vaughn

Kitchen Manager

Thomas Wallace

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Greg Wilhite

Life Transformation Case Manager

Board of Directors


Gary Loucks, President - Vice President, Central Bank & Trust Co.

Trudi Matthews, Vice President - Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, UK Healthcare

Rob McBride, Secretary - Lending Officer, Guardian Savings Bank

Jennifer Allen, Treasurer - Consumer Real Estate Lending Officer, Whitaker Bank

Angelo Baez, Director - Retired

Patrick Branam, Director - Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services

Nestor Gomez, Director - Pastor, Bluerass Community Church

Kaleb Heitzman, Director - Director of Digital Learning, TCM International Institute

Wayne Logan, Director - Owner, Sagacity Coaching

Shea Luna, Director - Counsel, Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Dr. Greg McMorrow, Director - Retired Physician

Dawn Norden, Director - Director of Growth and Engagement, GuardLogic Security

James Wilder, Director - Information Technology Director, S&S Tire

Jeff Yeary, Director -  H&W Hotels


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

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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

535 West Second St., Suite 105, Lexington, KY 40508
(859) 381-9600

Copyright © 2020 Lexington Rescue Mission

Benjamin Dunaway

Street Outreach Case Manager