MARCEE BINDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND PASTOR
Called by God to the ministry, Binder has lay servant training through the United Methodist Church. She was a past district superintendent assignee to the Angola and Valeda United Methodist Churches near Coffeyville, KS. She also was heavily involved with United Methodist Women (UMW). She served at UMW district and conference levels as social action chair and traveled Kansas, teaching about immigration, domestic violence and poverty.
In 2014 Binder became the eighth executive director and pastor of Wesley House. As administrator, she oversees the outreach mission and is responsible for all fund-raising, grant writing and public relations efforts. She also supervises the mission’s staff and volunteers. Binder has been instrumental in creating community partnerships to benefit Wesley House. She said she is driven by her passion to help others.
“Someone gave me a second chance,” she said. “Wherever I go, whatever I do, I want to offer a second chance to others. We are all God’s people.”
In addition to her many professional responsibilities, Binder studies for her Master of Divinity degree through the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. Her employment is paid by the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She lives in the area with her husband Zach and their four dogs.
MANDY GIDDENS, OPERATIONS MANAGER
Mandy has spent many years working with those in crises in Southeast Kansas. Her skill set includes organization, cleaning and a glowing personality. Mandy enjoys eating anything that is sweet, roller skating, helping others and volunteering at her church. She has a prominent collection of elephants; all of them are named. She lives in Pittsburg with her dogs and her son.
KELLY PULLIAM, HOMELESS CASE MANAGER
Some Wesley House clients already know Kelly from her previous staff position with Catholic Charities here. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pittsburg State University and over 20 years of experience working with people in need, Kelly is a perfect fit as Wesley House Homeless Case Manager. She began working for the outreach mission in September 2015.
As Homeless Case Manager, Kelly oversees the homeless day shelter program. She provides skillful, ongoing case management and otherwise assists clients experiencing homelessness. Kelly delights in serving, whether it’s fixing a daily nutritious breakfast and lunch for enrolled day shelter participants, helping them with computer access or offering gentle, patient encouragement and stability.
Her vision is to continue ministering to people experiencing homelessness as they come, in every way possible.
“I want to help them through their difficult times,” she said. “I’m very focused on that.” Kelly’s employment is funded by an Emergency Solutions Grant from the United States federal government. She lives in the area with her husband and their three dogs.