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Team Members

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Executive Director


Denny Bender had been a member of the Mission’s Board of Directors since retiring as Area Vice President of the Kansas Arthritis Foundation. He was named Executive Director of the Rescue Mission in May of 2012.

Denny brings with him more than 15 years of nonprofit experience. Prior to his responsibilities with the Arthritis Foundation, he spent six years as senior vice president for communications at Habitat for Humanity International, overseeing that home building organization’s worldwide marketing and public relations efforts.

He is active in Kairos Prison Ministry and worships with his wife, Joan, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita.

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Men’s Director


Tom Myers started his service at the Union Rescue Mission as Security for Third Shift more than five years ago, and later became a Case Manager working with the students in the Christian-based New Beginnings life-change program. In 2009 Tom became Director of Men’s Ministries, overseeing the direction and activities of the Overnight Emergency Shelter as well as the activities of the New Beginnings life-change program.

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Director of Business Operations


Michelle has been with the Union Rescue Mission since 2005, and maintains all donor information and donations for the Mission. If you have questions, or would like to remove your name or update/change information, please contact Michelle at (316) 687-4673 or contact her via e-mail.  

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Director of Medical & Volunteer Services


Julie has been with the Union Rescue Mission since 1998, and is currently responsible for Medical services for the organization and she is the director of volunteer services.

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Food Services Director


Cesar Castellanos oversees everything in the Kitchen, Pantry, and Community Food Box Ministry. He brings years of experience and a strong passion for serving the poor and needy in our community.

Cesar has been married to Citlalli for 12 years and the couple has three children. They are members of Central Christian Church.

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Development Director




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Director of Donor Engagement