Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission, delivers an address to graduates at Biola University's Fall 2010 Commencement Ceremonies.

Reverend Andrew J. Bales serves as CEO of Union Rescue Mission which ministers to the homeless community of Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. For over 25 years, he has led community outreach programs to help homeless men and women to leave the streets.

Andy is tackling the challenge of homelessness by developing unique and innovative services. Through partnering with local communities and organizations, Andy aims to decrease homelessness in Los Angeles by a significant number within the next seven years. His exemplary community service does not go unnoticed. President George Bush named Andy the 930th Point of Light in 1992 and in 2004 he received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award from the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Pasadena. His work has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes, NBC's Dateline as well as CNN and various social media outlets.

Currently, Andy is in the final stages of his Doctor of Ministry program at Bakke Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. He received a B.A. in theology from Bethel College in 1980, an M.A.T. from Drake University in 1983 and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Pacific Theological Seminary.

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