Cory Bledsoe Appointed Executive Director of LRM
Louisville Rescue Mission is pleased to announce Cory Bledsoe as their new Executive Director. Cory began serving in this role on January 5, 2015. A native of Kingsport, Tennessee and coming to Louisville from Carrollton, Georgia, Cory has lived in the Kentuckiana area since 2008 where he immediately began working with Louisville’s homeless population.
Before joining LRM, Cory served as Director of Programs at St. Vincent de Paul. In that role, Cory was responsible for overseeing the staff, operations and supportive services of all SVDP residential programs including emergency, transitional and permanent housing programs. Cory began his tenure at St. Vincent de Paul in September 2008 as a volunteer at the Ozanam Inn men’s emergency shelter. Between October 2008 and his transition to LRM, Cory served as a program aide (2008-2010), Program Manager (2010-2012), Assistant Director of Programs (2011-2012) and then moved into the Director of Programs position in October 2012. Cory has extensive management, supervisory and direct service experience within Louisville’s homeless service community and brings this experience with him in his new role as Executive Director.
In addition to Cory’s strong work history within non-profit, homeless service organizations, he has an extensive educational background to support his experiences. In 2007, Cory earned his undergraduate degree in Sport Management from the University of West Georgia. Experience with serving homeless men and women in Atlanta, Georgia coupled with his conversion to Christianity in 2005, led Cory to Louisville, Kentucky in 2008 to pursue a masters degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cory has earned a Masters in Business Communication with concentration courses in Nonprofit Administration from Spalding University (2014) and is scheduled to re-enroll in courses at Southern Seminary to complete the remaining six classes needed to earn a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies.
Cory and his wife, Sarah, have been married for over five years and just welcomed their first child, Hannah Katherine, on January 6, 2015. When asked, “Why Louisville Rescue Mission?” Cory’s immediate response is “mission.” Cory firmly believes true, genuine change comes through repentance and belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel was the chief motivating factor in Cory’s transition from his pursuit of a career in athletic administration and he believes his education, work and life experiences were all used by God to prepare him for full-time, gospel-centered mercy ministry.