Meet the Durham Rescue Mission Staff

The Durham Rescue Mission has been mending shattered lives since 1974, providing food, shelter, clothes, counseling and more to the homeless, addicted and broken men, women and children of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. You can contact our main office at 919-688-9641.

Since the beginning, the Lord has brought together a wonderful group of people to serve Him in this mission through administration, management, counseling and other essential roles. Many of our staff members actually joined our team after experiencing a changed life through the ministry of the Durham Rescue Mission.

We are thankful for all the ways we have been blessed by our staff — we truly would not be where we are today without the dedication and hard work of each of them.


Ernie Mills
CEO & Co-founder

Gail Mills
CFO & Co-founder

Rob Tart
Ext. 5033

Cynthia McMahel
Executive Administrative Assistant
Ext. 5036

Accounting, Purchasing, IT, & Food Services

Mike Stephens
Business Manager
Ext. 5051

Marcie Sellars
Ext. 5032

Billy Bullock
Purchasing Agent
Ext. 5031

Jim Cooper
IT Manager
Ext. 5049

John Gatti
IT Assistant
Ext. 5059

Carla Peake
Client & Community Support Coordinator
Ext. 5080

Sandra McHenry
Accounts Payable Specialist

Development & Volunteer

Tony Gooch
Director of Development Operations
Ext. 5048

Kristi Zimmerman
Office Manager
Ext. 5024

David Rayle
Communications, Design, &
Marketing Associate

Ext. 5062

David Cash
Volunteer & Donor Relations Coordinator
Ext. 5025

Ernie Mills, Jr.
Stewardship Officer
Ext. 5295

William Henderson
Senior Office Clerk
Ext. 5037

Denise Mills
Administrative Assistant


Mike Walker
Director of Maintenance
Ext. 5039

Dave Lowry
Maintenance Supervisor
Good Samaritan Inn

Ext. 5058

Joel Dedic
Maintenance Supervisor
Men’s Campus

Ext. 5115

John Sellars
Maintenance Supervisor
Ext. 5016

 Men’s Division

Gary Beasley
Director of Operations
Ext. 5056

Preston Jones
Men’s Director
Ext. 5053

William Blue
Asst. Men’s Director 
Ext. 1030

Lynn Holloway
Men’s Director of Education
Ext. 5029

Aaron Gamble
Ext. 5041

Hugh Zimmerman
Ext. 5030

Melvin Wrenn
Ext. 5066

Don Woodard
Ext. 5035

Norvel Lewis
Ext. 5015

Rich Carr
Thrift Store District Manager

Women & Children’s Division

Lois Cooper
Director of Women’s Division
Ext. 5050

Carol Alcorn
Women’s Director of Education
Ext. 5020

Millicent Thomas
Women’s Encourager
Ext. 5042

Karen Salina
Ext. 5045

Melissa Kopp
Daycare Director
Ext. 5052