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.
Founded in 1881, Louisville Rescue Mission (LRM) is America’s fourth oldest homeless rescue mission. For over 130 years, LRM has been caring for the physical and spiritual needs of Louisville’s most vulnerable citizens.
We are now excited to be called Louisville Rescue Mission (formerly Jefferson Street Baptist Center)! In the midst of changing our name, we want everybody to know that our mission stance has not changed. We continue to exist to extend gospel-centered mercy to homeless and hurting people of the greater Louisville KY area. Changing our name has not changed our mission focus and we hope that our name change will increase our ability to better fulfill our mission and to care for more people. Our core values continue to be Community, Transformation, and Christ and our desire is to help encourage our guests to move forward in each of these areas. Our Mission continues to be firmly grounded in the Word of God, and we have the privilege of teaching our Day Shelter guests and our LifeChange men that Christ is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life and that no man comes to the Father but through Him (John 14:6). Please pray that we would continue to have boldness preaching and teaching God’s Word to those that are hurting in the city of Louisville, while we seek to meet their physical needs.