its history, the Union Gospel Mission has
been blessed with a team of dedicated staff
members who have given so much to help others.
They have come to us from all walks of life—from
business, the military, even our own programs.
But wherever they have come from, however
long they have worked here, all share a
level of commitment and caring that inspires
Tim Lane - Director
Tim Lane came to the Union Gospel
Mission in 2005 with a wealth of
experience from different fields
Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina,
Tim moved to California with his
family in 1959. He began his career
in the heating and air conditioning
trade, and in 1982 acquired TH Air
Conditioning Inc., which Tim owned
and operated for over 15 years.
In 1994 Tim discovered and became
a regular volunteer of the Union
Gospel Mission in Sacramento, where
he had the opportunity to preach
and work with the homeless for the
In 1999 Tim felt the call of God
in his life. Called in 2001 as the
pastor of Rioso Road Baptist Church
in Sheridan, California, Tim is
today an ordained minister of the
with his many responsibilities as
the director of the Union Gospel
Mission, Tim is still Pastor of
Rioso Road Baptist Church. Pastor
Tim’s love for the homeless
and passion for the Gospel have
combined to make him one of the
most popular teachers at the mission.
His weekly “Hero’s
of the Faith class,” gives
him the opportunity to share inspirational
stories of faith and develop relationships
with men in the rehabilitation program.
Jarrett - Assistant Director
A native of Somerville, New Jersey,
Steve Jarrett served his country
in the Navy, and then went to work
as a chemical laboratory technician
for a large pharmaceutical company.
Like so many, he became addicted
to alcohol and sought help from
the Union Gospel Mission. Here he
discovered people who not only helped
him with his addiction, but also
genuinely cared for him as a person.
After successfully completing the
program, Steve decided to lend his
own talents to the mission, and
became a full time employee in 1986.
A meticulous worker, Steve found
his niche in the accounting department,
and served as manager of donor records
for 19 years.
love for the homeless and wealth
of experience has proven invaluable,
and in March of 2005 Steve was promoted
to the role of assistant manager
of The Union Gospel Mission.
This expansive new role allows
Steve to use his experience in every
area of the mission, and inspires
him to say, “I just love what
Hughes - Program Director
a successful career as an electronic
technician with the civil service,
Jim Hughes felt the call of
God to serve the homeless in a full
time capacity. In 1977 Jim joined
us as the mission’s program
In 1978 Jim was promoted to the
role of assistant director of the
mission, and in 1980 accepted the
directorship of The Twin Cities
Rescue Mission in Marysville. After
6 years as director, Jim returned
to serve at the Union Gospel Mission
For more than 23 years, Jim has
faithfully served in virtually every
capacity needed, but believes his
most valuable role is working directly
with the men.
unique style of teaching and wealth
of wisdom has made Jim one of the
mission’s most popular teachers.
His humble spirit and servants heart
has led Jim to say, “I just
want to serve in any way I can.”
Pitts - Development Director
Don came to the Union Gospel Mission
in 2004 with a wealth of important
experience and a genuine love for
helping others. He graduated from
the College of San Mateo with a
degree in business administration
in 1955, and spent the next 30 years
in sales and marketing.
Over the course of his career,
Don received many awards for his
outstanding marketing achievements,
and was promoted to regional sales
director for his company.
Despite this success, Don wanted
to accomplish more in his life.
He began a second career with City
Team Ministries in San Jose, where
he served as Development Officer
from 1988 to 2001.
An ordained minister, Don served
as Associate Pastor of Good News
Chapel in So. San Francisco, Interim
Pastor of First Baptist Church of
Morgan Hill, and Senior Pastor of
Gilroy Christian Church from 1994
These ministries gave Don a breadth
of experience that few people have.
After his retirement from City Team
Ministries in 2001, it didn't take
Don long to realize God still had
plans for him, and in 2004 he came
to the Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento.
Today, Don coordinates programs,
works with outside agencies, and
assists in the training of Union
Mooney - Chaplain
Tom Mooney was drafted into the
U.S. Air Force in 1972, and served
there for the next 4 years. In 1977,
Tom surrendered his life to Jesus
Christ and began a rewarding career
that has taken him from street ministries
to recovery homes, to churches.
In 1994 he was called to Berean
Christian Ministries in Rocklin,
California. In the same year a new
church, Last Day’s Harvest
Ministries was founded, and Tom
Mooney became their senior pastor,
a position he holds to this day.
After serving as a volunteer at
The Union Gospel Mission for 10
years, Tom was asked to join the
staff in 2002 in the role of Chaplain.
His many years in street ministries,
and his musical talents give him
a unique perspective and ability
to relate to the men, and he has
become one of the mission’s
most popular teachers.
Trussell - Executive Assistant
On November 12th 2010, Eileen Trussell joined
the Union Gospel Mission family. Eileen believes
that God sent her to the mission, a feeling that
is shared by all the staff.
Having grown up 45 minutes north of NYC, she moved
to Southern Cal. in 1987 and landed in a career of
real estate. She moved up to Sacramento in 1994,
and by 1998, she and her husband David had their
own real estate/mortgage office.
Eileen accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in
1996. Along with the greatest gift of salvation,
she and David are blessed with two lovely daughters,
Jessica and Michelle.
Since 2008, Eileen volunteered at her Church, Calvary Chapel of
Sacramento, as their Secretary. It was another God-anointed,
directed and inspired time, knowing that it prepared her for
her current position today. She is truly grateful for everything
the Lord has done for her in her personal life and career, and
knows He has big plans to use her at Union Gospel Mission.
Cunico - Accountant
Chris attended Western Illinois
and DePaul Universities, and graduated
in 1976 as an honor’s student
with a degree in business administration.
He furthered his education at the
Illinois Banking School at Southern
Illinois University, and in 1977
began teaching at the American Institute
of Banking and the U.S. League of
In 1978, after being recruited
by a major savings and loan, Chris
moved to Fresno California where
he assisted his new employer in
their conversion to a bank charter.
Chris also gained valuable experience
working as a loan officer assisting
victims of natural disasters. It
was through this work that Chris
discovered the rewarding effects
of helping others, and in 1988 he
joined The Union Gospel Mission.
Cunico works in the accounting department
of the mission, where he is an invaluable
asset to every facet of our business
Chris says “I thank God for
the opportunity to perform his work
and I am heartened every day when
I see God’s blessings poured
over the homeless population.”
Lytle - Maintenance Man
One of many Union Gospel Mission
success stories, David Lytle is
a native Californian and an inspiration
to all those around him. After his
graduation from high school in 1976,
David honed his skills in the construction
industry, working in many different
capacities and developing well-rounded
For all his talent, David was unable
to overcome his struggles with alcohol
and by 1998 he was out of a job
Three years went by before David
found himself at the door of The
Union Gospel Mission, where he found
a home and a personal relationship
with Jesus Christ. Like many graduates,
David’s experiences at the
mission and deliverance from addiction,
gave him an overwhelming urge to
give back to others.
2002 David became a full time employee
of the mission and says, “God
has me right where he wants me to
Lynch - Delivery Driver
A native of West Frankfort, Illinois,
David Lynch moved to the west coast
After completing high school, David
enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953,
spent 2 years on active duty and
6 years with the reserves.
As a young adult and even through
his military endeavors, David never
drank alcohol. His first job was
with The American Can Company as
a forklift driver. Many times the
guys at work had encouraged David
to join them at the local bar for
a drink on the way home, and every
time David had refused.
One night David relented, and as
he says, “It was the start
of me walking down a road that no
child of God should ever walk down.”
David was fired from that job for
drinking, and for the next 20 years,
regardless of the endeavor he chose,
each job was lost for the same reason.
“Life for me was over,”
said David, “living on the
streets eating when I could, I was
hopeless until on September 7th
1993 I came to the mission, and
my life changed forever!”
After successfully completing the
program, David became a full time
employee of The Union Gospel Mission,
and is a positive asset to everyone
with whom he comes in contact. Today,
David handles all of the deliveries
for the mission and has a regular
route with Safeway stores 6 days
Baker - Data Entry
Baker moved to Sacramento California
in 1967 and attended four different
Christian High Schools. Upon graduation,
Greg joined the U.S. Air Force and
served his country for the next
At the age of 25 Greg found the
Union Gospel Mission and a career
he truly loves. Greg has served
the mission in a variety of jobs
for more than 20 years, selflessly
taking on any task he has been asked
to address. His favorite job involves
working in the front office with
daily data entry.
Tireless and dedicated to the plight
of the homeless, Greg is the ultimate
team player. His spirit is contagious
and he truly represents what The
Union Gospel Mission is all about.
Braninburg - Ranch Supervisor
A native of Sacramento, Donny’s
first job was working as a roughneck
in the oil fields of Oklahoma back
in the late ‘70s. He found
the work both financially and personally
rewarding, and Donny spent the next
7 years working with his hands at
jobs throughout the U.S., even spending
some time in the Virgin Islands.
By 1999 he had even tried his hand
at gold mining, and in 2000 found
himself building houses in the state
of Arkansas. Yet all the skills
he learned and rewards he earned
weren't enough to protect him from
the challenges of addiction.
By 2001, a combination of drugs
and alcohol had taken its toll on
Donny and lead to a series of bad
decisions that left him homeless.
January 8th, 2002 Donny came to
The Union Gospel Mission, and 2
weeks later gave his heart to Christ.
With renewed determination he enrolled
in the rehabilitation program, and
graduated on November 22nd 2002
with an entirely new outlook on
Grateful for his life changing
experiences at the mission, Donny
decided to share with others what
God had done for him, and in 2003
began his internship as a cook.
By the next year he was the head
cook at The Union Gospel Mission,
and because of his leadership abilities
was promoted to ranch manager of
Eagles Nest Ranch in August of 2005.
Donny Braninburg is committed to
the work he does because of the
difference he makes in the lives
of others, and The Union Gospel
Mission is a better place because
Flynn - Night Supervisor
Born in Chicago Illinois, Joe Flynn
moved to California in 1960. After
graduating from high school Joe
went into the heating and air conditioning
business with his father. Struggles
with alcohol meant that Joe eventually
found himself on the streets of
Reno, Nevada, homeless.
For the next 10 years, Joe was
in and out of rescue missions from
Sacramento to Reno until in 1992
he entered the rehabilitation program
at the Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento.
Determined to turn his life around,
Joe graduated from the program in
1993 and became a full time employee
Joe has been sober for 10 years,
and brings both understanding and
an inspiring life story to those
who are where he once was.
Joe Flynn is much more than just
a night supervisor. A dedicated
employee Joe works in many capacities
at the mission, and is a shining
example of a regenerate man.
Barnard - Night Supervisor
Bill Barnard was born in Pontiac,
Michigan, the son of a Marine Corps
Sergeant who later became an Assemblies
of God Pastor.
In 1971 Bill graduated from high
school and gave his heart to Christ.
As a new Christian, Bill attended
Evangel College in Springfield,
Missouri and played on the school
basketball team. After 2 years he
decided to enter the world of business
and worked for a leading retailer
from 1973 to 1977.
In July of 1977, Bill made the
decision to move to California,
where he accepted a position working
in private security. He met his
wife Ruth in 1982, and continued
to work in a series of jobs that
helped him provide for his family,
but not his sense of calling.
2000, he discovered how he could
make a difference at The Union Gospel
Mission. Bill believes strongly
that God opened doors that led him
to this ministry, and loves that
the work he does makes an impact
daily in the lives of others.
As The Union Gospel Mission night
manager, Bill Barnard is on the
front line every day as he works
and interacts with homeless men
and women. His care and concern
for each person is what makes him
so valuable to all of us here at
|Robin Guilieri - Administrative Assistant/Clothing Closet Coordinator
Robin Guilieri grew up in Boulder Creek, California and graduated from San
Lorenzo Valley High School. She went on to become a Fashion Buyer, and worked in Retail
Management. She is married with two children, and was a stay at home Mom before God
clearly directed her to the Union Gospel Mission.
She has always had a heart for the homeless and the needy, and started as a volunteer in 2005
working in the offices, and serving dinner once a
month. Then the Mission decided to open a Women's Clothes Closet. Because of her
extensive background in Fashion, she was very excited to be involved in setting it up, and
getting it running.
In 2006, she joined the Mission family as an Administrative Assistant in the Finance
Department. She also serves as the Women's Clothes Closet Coordinator, working
directly with homeless and needy Women weekly.
"I absolutely love working at the Union Gospel Mission. It is a
privilege to work with fellow Christians who have a similar desire to show the love of
God to the lost and hurting. I find great joy in helping those in need. You just can't put a
price tag on that!"
|Danny Vanek - Data Specialist
Born in San Bernardino, Danny has lived in California most of his life. In his mid twenties he lived in Colorado for five years, he learned to
love the snow and the Denver Broncos. Working various jobs throughout
his life: apprenticeship in plumbing, construction, restaurant work,
truck driving, and sales, he found his true calling in serving the
Lord with tremendous skill and creativity working with computers.
On December 12, 2009, Danny landed at the doors of Union Gospel Mission.
Just released from prison, broken down, homeless and struggling with the
urges of falling back into a life of alcohol, anger and drug addictions,
Danny enrolled in the 9 month Rehabilitation Program at the Mission.
"The Lord knew I was tired and that I wanted the mental and emotional
roller coaster ride to STOP!" I had to let go of the wheel as I thought
I was in control and just ended messing up my life. When I surrendered
my life to Jesus, I now am along for the ride as He's got control of the
wheel, and my life has drastically changed!
Now, I'm working for the very place that picked me up, dusted me off,
gave me reason, and pointed me in the direction I needed to walk."
If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord" and believe in
your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "Everyone
who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" Romans 10:9,13. "I confess before you all now."
Danny began interning in the Development Department in 2010, and officially
became employed May, 2011. His love for the homeless has enriched Mission
and his computer skills have enhanced the office, especially keeping up with
today's speed of technology. He continues to volunteer after hours with the
homeless, and has become another great member of the Mission's family.
|Mike Blain - Warehouse Manager
Mike Blain came to the mission addicted to drugs and was transformed by the love
of Christ. Mike spent nine years living under bridges, in parks, and working where
he could. It was not Mike's intention to stay with us for long, not his intention
to give up his lifestyle, not his intention to change; he only wanted to fulfill
a court-ordered mandate and then he would go back to the life he had become accustomed
to. Mike believed there was a God, but didn't have a personal relationship with Him.
Mike was two months into the program when Jesus became real to him and the course
of his life changed forever.
Mike went through the program, interned, and eventually God opened the door to a job
at the mission. Mike has become a trusted employee of Union Gospel Mission.