Lexington Rescue Mission

Reaching Hearts. Changing Lives.

Dottie Bowman

Clinic Administrator

Dottie keeps our health clinic running, ensuring all of the clinic volunteers are in place and the paperwork is taken care of. A Lexington native, Dottie received her training as a Medical Lab Technician at Central Baptist Hospital Lab Program and in Medical Billing and Coding at National College. She is married to James Dixon, and they have two dogs, King Henry the Regal Beagle and Oswald (Ozzie) and three cats, Becca, Grace Ann, and Maggie Mae. Dottie first got involved with the Mission as a volunteer in 2010 and later joined our staff part-time to help run the clinic. She spends most of her time as a caregiver, but she enjoys when she can garden and do yardwork. She loves seeing people get healed and not need us anymore.

"My passion is Jesus. God's creation, the magificent universe and complicated human body. Being able to study with the brain God gave us and be an instrument to aid in the healing of diseases that God could easily heal by just speaking the Word -- yet He desires us to stay busy."

Laura Carr

Director of Development

As Development Director, Laura oversees fundraising and public relations for the Mission. She is a native of Columbus, Ind., and she holds bachelor’s degrees in English and communications from Valparaiso University. She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a professional grant writer. Laura is the daughter of Jim and Becky Connell, and she has been involved in the Mission since its earliest days. She officially joined the Mission team as an AmeriCorps Housing Counselor in 2004, returning in 2007 to serve as the Development Director. Laura is married to Jason Carr, and she has a dog and a cat that keep her on her toes. She attends St. Patrick's Church and enjoys volunteering as a mentor through the Amachi program and providing pet therapy for nursing home residents through Paws for Christ.

Why she loves working at the Mission: “I love seeing how God transforms lives at the Mission."

Tammy Clay

Outreach Center Cook

Tammy is our outreach center cook, so she prepares lunches and dinners for visitors to our outreach center every week. A Lexington native, Tammy has an Associate of Arts in Computer Technology, and is a certified Food and Hospitality Professional. She lives with her two children, two dogs, and two rabbits. Tammy started cooking for the Mission in February 2017, and she also loves to cook outside of work, as well as work in her yard. Tammy’s favorite part of her job is when clients tell her they felt like they were at a five-star restaurant and ask for her by name.

“At the Mission, I pray for blessed hands daily, so that I may be able to prepare every meal with love… Inspiration is just knowing that one less person is hungry or without basic needs. As the outreach cook, I’m able to see the smiles and know I have been blessed to be a part of a great team here at LRM.”

Lori Clemons

Director of Outreach Services

As director of neighborhood services, Lori oversees some of our key programs – the medical clinic, the Homeless Prevention Program and our neighborhood centers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in family sciences and first joined the Mission team as an AmeriCorp housing counselor in 2012. She enjoys getting to know clients and traveling, but most of all, she loves to serve others. One of her favorite quotes, by Ghandi : “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Lori enjoys spending time with her two dogs – a Weimeraner and a Great Dane.

Why she loves working at the Mission: “ I love that we try to keep Christ at the center of everything. I also love the camaraderie among staff.”

Becky Connell

Support Services Coordinator

The wife of Jim Connell, Becky joined the staff in 2002 and is the driving force behind the Outreach Center. Becky holds a Masters of Science degree in health education, and a Bachelors of Science in nutrition and dietetics and spent most of her career in hospital nutrition services managment, including overseeing food service, accreditation, and quality improvement. Becky volunteers on the Benevolence Committee at Immanuel Baptist Church, and she enjoys spending time with her grown children and granddaughter as well as gardening, walking, and visiting her family.

Why she loves working at the Mission: “It is a great opportunity to meet all kinds of interesting people- guests, volunteers and donors and to get a glimpse of what eternity will be like with them.”

Jim Connell

Executive Director

Jim founded the Mission in 2001 and has continued as our fearless leader ever since. Jim has a degree in accounting and worked as an accountant, project manager and fund-raiser in Indiana prior to establishing the Mission. He is married to Becky, has a daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Jason, a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Maya, and a baby granddaughter, Indira. He is also member of Immanuel Baptist Church. From 2011 to 2014, he served as the Southern District President for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. In his free time, he enjoys reading non-fiction, watching movies, and traveling.

Why he loves working at the Mission: "I love experiencing the love and power of God through the ups and downs of ministry. Problems now seem less overwhelming and more like opportunities for God's glory to be made known. The more I see God going through the trials with us and delivering us from them, the more I can rest in the shelter of my Lord."

Helen Coulter

Administrative Assistant

Most afternoons, when you call or visit the Mission, you will have the privilege of talking to Helen. Whether she's answering phones or greeting guests, Helen always has a kind word and a smile for guests. Originally from Spears, Ky., Helen is a graduate of Jessamine County High School and attended Lexington Community College. She is also one of our Jobs for Life graduates. She has 3 children and 5 grandchildren, and she enjoys fashion, traveling, and singing.

What inspires her: "When I take time to talk and listen to those who are experiencing difficult times in their lives and show that I care, doing what I can to encourage them, just to see a faint smile appear on their face is worth a thousand words, and God is pleased with me for my efforts."

Alan Cunningham

Men's House Coordinator

As House Coordinator, Alan oversees the men living at the Potter's House during the evening and overnight hours. He also conducts intakes with new residents, provides administrative support to our program director, and supports men who want to do step studies through Celebrate Recovery. Originally from Huntington, W.V., Alan graduated from high school in Woodford County, Ky.,  and received a certificate in Administrative Assistance from the College for Technical Education. He has two brothers, a sister, his dad, a daughter, and five grandchildren. Alan graduated from Lexington Rescue Mission's Life Renewal Program in 2006, and he has been a part of the Mission family ever since. His favorite Mission moment:

"ONE of my favorite moments at the mission (there have been many) was at a retreat in Jackson County, where myself and another guest of the mission overturned a canoe and while I was trying to get out of the lake, I had to wade through deep mud to do so. Duncan, our house dog, saw me struggling and decided to jump in and help me and got stuck in the mud also. Both of us were totally worn out when we finally reached the bank, and we slept the rest of the day. Sharing around the campfire at these outings was another special time for me."

Angie Dennis

Director of Staffing Services

As the force behind Advance Lexington, Angie works tirelessly to match trained job-seekers with local businesses in need of workers. An alumn of Asbury University, Angie brings many years of experience working in employment services to her job at the Mission. In 2016, she was recognized as the Ambassador of the Year for Commerce Lexington. Angie is passionate about serving others, and, in her free time, she volunteers at Lighthouse Ministries and as a board member for Arbor Youth Services. She also enjoys movies, music, and arts performances and exhibits.

What she loves about working at the Mission, "Being a part of the community outreach to help those in need."

Erica Dominguez

Resource Coordinator

Erica is our primary "connector" at the Mission -- she works to connect clients with the resources they need. Whether it's food, clothing, housing, furniture, or anything else, she helps clients access resources in the community and take steps out of poverty. Erica earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor's in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University, and she is fluent in Spanish. She first served as an intern at the Mission when she was pursuing her master's degree and then officially joined our team in the fall of 2016. Prior to working at the Mission, she served as the Program Director for E7 Kids Cafe. Erica is married to Diego Dominguez and has two daughters, and they are active members of Fuente de Avivamiento.

Norris Gerton


Norris keeps the Outeach Center running smoothly and looking great. He has a true servant's heart and is always the first to pitch-in and help carry, lift and fix things. Originally from Springfield, Ky., Norris graduated from St. Catherine's Junior College and started working at the Mission several years ago through a senior employment training program. In 2014, he came on staff part-time to oversee janitorial and maintenance duties. Norris has three daughters, two sons and a dog who is a part of the family. When he is not working, he enjoys fishing and hunting.

His favorite moments at the Mission are: "When we serve client meals and see their faces light up."

Olivia Gipson

AmeriCorps Housing Counselor

Olivia serves as a a housing counselor for our guests at the Mission. She helps people at risk of eviction or utility shut-off keep their homes and those who are living on the streets or in shelters move into their own homes through our Homeless Prevention Program. Olivia is a Lexington native, and she is a second-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pikeville, and while purusing that degree, she played on the NAIA Woman’s Soccer Team. Olivia still enjoys playing soccer, and she lvoes to read and spend time with her dog, Duke.

What she loves about working here? "There is something new each day and being a servant for others and for Christ."

Steve Jarrell

Counseling & Spritual Care Coordinator

Steve takes on many roles at The Potter's House -- everything from interviewing applicants to driving residents to medical appointments and job interviews to leading Bible studies. He likes to catch unsuspecting guests, volunteers, and interns off-guard with his humor and has even been known to make prank phone calls on staff. Originally from Indiana, Steve is married to Linda and pastored churches for many years. He holds his B.S. from Indiana State University and his Master's of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike, sharing the Gospel in creative ways, listening to Christian music, and sightseeing.

His favorite moment at the Mission: "No favorite -- too many! I enjoyed meeting the Mayor and having him attend the Misson's staff meeting and learn about the Mission."

Julius Johnson

Director of Re-entry Services

A native of Lexington, Julius is dedicated to helping ex-offenders make the transition to life outside of prison walls after making the same journey himself years ago. "I am passionate about bringing hope to returning citizens. I want them to know they are needed by their families. Many times, people do not know how important they are." Julius is a devoted single father to his teenage son, with whom he enjoys traveling. He is also a talented saxophone player. In his free time, he is pursuing his master's degree in Community Leadership and Development from U.K.

Why he loves working at the Mission, "I love that everyone at the rescue mission gives of themselves. You can feel it the moment you walk in the door."

Donna Junker

Pastoral Care Coordinator

As our Pastoral Care Coordinator, Donna is "listener in chief" at the Mission. Whether its during our meals, walk-in hours, or counseling sessions, she gets to know our guests, listens to their stories, and offers prayer, encourgement and guidance. Donna has a B.A. in Philosophy and a Master's in Divinity, and she brings years of chaplain experience to her role at the Mission. A native of Chicago, Donna is married to Paul, who is a faithful volunteer in our health clinic, and she has a son, Joshua, a daughter-in-law, Sharon and two grandchildren, Cameron and Chloe, as well as four cats. She enjoys traveling, mission work in Kenya, running, camping, kayaking, reading, writing, spending time with family, working in her vegetable garden, cooking and baking.

What she loves about working at the Mission: "The opportunity to participate in living out Matthew 25 and the guests."

Mark Kurtz

Director of Donor Relations

As Director of Donor Relations, Mark serves as a personal contact to our donors. Even though he is a Florida native, his roots are in Kentucky and he feels more at home here in the Bluegrass than anywhere else....even though he still cheers for the Florida State Seminoles. Mark and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 33 years, and they have two grown sons, Gary and Stephen. Mark earned his B.A. from Warner Southern College in 2004 and his Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2010. The two most influential people in his life, Ross Epperly and Hoyt Byrum, both showed incredible grace to him and everyday, Mark tries to to show that same grace to others. Mark loves cheering for and defending the underdog, and he is inspired by their success stories. What he loves about working at the Mission:

"Seeing the change in people. I have had instances when I did not recognize someone after not having seen them for several months; their countenance had changed so much!"

Dana Moussa

VISTA Employment Coordinator

As our Employment Coordinator, Dana works to build the capacity of Advance Lexington so we can help more people find lasting employment. Prior to serving at the Mission, Dana worked in employment training and job placement through Corrisoft with people who have been incarcerated and were making the transition back into the community. She also served in AmeriCorps at Community Action Council, where she coordinated with multiple social service agencies. Dana is a native of Lexington and has a passion for working with at-risk youth in her neighborhood on the West End.

Emily Owens

Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator

As the youngest member of our staff, Emily brings energy and enthusiasm to her work of connecting volunteers to our ministry and coordinating fund-raising events. A native of Louisville, Emily holds her B.A. and Master's in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is newly married to Jeff Owens. Emily loves discovering new coffee shops, making coffee, drinking cofee....basically anything related to coffee. She has a special knack for connecting people's passions and skills with needs at the Mission.

What she's passionate about: "I'm inspired and driven by God's consuming love for every person."

Charles Patane

Director of Restorative Services

As Director of Restorative Services, Charles oversees The Potter's House, our men's transitional home. Charles has an A.A.S., M.A., and Master's of Divinity, and he was recently certified by the American Compulsive Gambling Counselor Certification Board. He loves to see people grow in their personal spiritual development in Jesus and apply the Word of God to their lives holistically. He is passionate about studying scripture, worshipping God, and studying the nature of man in relation to salvation and sanctification. He is married to Salome, and they have three children. He loves horses and dogs, and he enjoys jogging....even though he hasn't had much time for any of these.

His favorite moment at the Mission: "Seeing a client humble themselves and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior."

Ron Smith

Front Desk Attendent & Security

Ron is the first person you will see if you stop by the Mission in the evenings or on weekends. Ron joined our team last year and ensures our guests are greeted and our building is secure outside of regular business hours. Ron is a native Lexingtonian, and he earned his B.A. in Organizational Management from Midway College. In his free time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing, bowling, shooting, watching movies, and baking. He also loves playing the congas and drums! What Ron loves about working at the Mission:

"Being able to be that touching part of a hands-on organization."

Delores Spencer

Administrative Assistant

A Lexington native, Delores finds joy in helping others and singing in the choir at Historic Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. She joined the Mission staff in 2006 and, for ten years, has been the first kind voice our clients hear when the call us for help.  Delores has three children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Why she loves working at the Mission: “We are committed to giving people hope, and I’m proud to be a part of that. We’re here to be a blessing the people who come to us for help, but sometimes they are a bigger blessing to me.”

Sallie Tabb

Administrative Coordinator

Sallie is the queen of paperwork at the Mission. She is responsible for bookkeeping, processing donations, paying bills, and Human Resources....and assisting Jim with all kinds of things!  When she isn't juggling all of those responsibilities, she enjoys gardening, fishing, making stained glass, and scrapbooking. Originally from Louisville, Sallie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from U.K., and she has three grown kids, two grandkids and two cats. One of her favorite Mission moments was when she was at our thrift store and saw a regular shopper buy a statue of Christ on the cross for an elderly couple that had admired it but couldn't afford it. What she loves about working here:

"I love helping the helpers and getting to see on a daily basis how many people are in our community that really care."

Sean Wade


Sean is a caseworker at the Potter’s House, so he especially enjoys all the time he gets to spend talking with clients. He is originally from Wilmore, KY, and has a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Sean lives with his wife, Kimberly, and their two children, Nick and Gabi. Sean started working at the Mission in March 2017. When he isn’t working, he likes to be reading, and one of his talents is speaking French.

What he’s passionate about: “Helping people connect to a church family.”

Thomas Wallace

Pastoral Care Coordinator

A gifted teacher and preacher, Thomas shares the Word of God with our guests in chapel, Steady Hands, and whenever the opportunity arises. A native of Lexington, Thomas is married to his wife, Marcia, and they have five daughters and one son. He has his Master's in Christian Education and loves doing Kingdom work, seeing people's lives changed by God. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf. He even offers to preach for golf.

His favorite Mission moment: "At Steady Hands, when one of our clients gave his life to Christ." It doesn't get any better than that.