The prison missionfield is growing. Each day servants of God carry the gospel of Jesus Christ into prison chapels and jail cells. Souls are being saved and lives are being transformed. Yet, upon their release, these newly born Christians are falling back into their old lifestyles, often returning to prison or sinking even deeper into sin. Something is wrong with this picture!
They Can’t Do It Alone
A Ministry to the Body, by the Body, for the Body
When a man is released from prison, there’s no end to the temptations confronting him. However, a New Brother doesn’t want to return to his old lifestyle. In prison, he began learning how to walk with Christ. He had daily, spiritual fellowship with other Believers. He was growing in the Lord, but he’s not grown-up. He wants to continue this new walk of faith and continue to grow in the Lord, but he can’t do it alone. He must get connected to the Body of Christ. Yet, making that connection from prison to church is nearly impossible alone. To help bridge the gap, God has raised up this ministry. We are building relationships with churches so that men inside are connecting to a local church even before they’re released.
New Brothers Fellowship is Bridging the Gap
This is not “The Gregan’s” ministry. If you are a member of the Body of Christ, this is your ministry. When you offer your hand in greeting to a New Brother visiting your church, or pray for an inmate, or bring a dish to an NBF Gathering, New Brothers Fellowship becomes your ministry. We thank you for your interest in New Brothers Fellowship. We would genuinely love to share the ministry with you, your church, men's group, or anyone who will listen. Please contact us The Lord bless you richly and give you a heart for this extremely challenging and rewarding ministry called "Prison Aftercare". Serving Jesus Christ with you, Doug Gregan - Director of New Brothers Fellowship if you would like to find out more.
About the people behind New Brothers Fellowship.TO, BY, FOR
The most important people behind New Brothers Fellowship are the members of the Body of Christ. Without the support of the men and women of God, this ministry could never take place. From the beginning, the Lord made that clear. He called us as missionaries to bring that truth home to us in a very practical sense. He never wanted us to think this was about Doug and Caroline. This ministry is all about Him, and His Body---to the Body, by the Body, and for the Body for Christ. We recognize that without the men and women of God who give, pray, and serve, NBF would not survive. They are very much who New Brothers Fellowship is, and always has been.HISTORY
Around 1996, Paul Sidmore, the Chaplain at the Essex County Correctional Facilities, recognized the need for Christian fellowship for men who had come to know Christ during their incarceration. He knew that if they did not continue to walk with God after their release, they would soon return to their old ways, and eventually be back in prison. To address this need, he would call on men himself and organize times of fellowship as often as possible. He was the originator of this ministry, and passed down the duties of leadership to his successor, Chaplain Ray Perez.
Chaplain Ray brought a little more definition to NBF, but at this time the demands of a full-time chaplain ministry made it impossible for him to develop NBF’s potential himself. He recognized that this work needed a dedicated, full-time director. In 2004, he felt led of God to share the vision of New Brothers Fellowship with a recent prison ministry volunteer, Doug Gregan.
This where we enter the history of New Brothers Fellowship, and it is an honor to be in such a line of men of God. Our story before Doug’s appointment to Directorship of NBF will have to saved for another time and place. However, we would like to share some the continuing story of New Brothers Fellowship.THE GREGANS
In September 2004, after approximately a year of volunteering at the EECF, assisting Chaplain Ray, the Lord called Doug into full-time prison ministry. Two months later, he was appointed the Director of NBF, and our family entered full-time prison aftercare ministry as home missionaries. At this point in time, NBF consisted of a few sheets of paper. We weren’t really clear about anything, but we knew the need, saw the potential, and recognized this was the opportunity of a lifetime. We eagerly said, “Yes, Lord!” We were excited, naïve, inexperienced, and willing. We had no idea what being full-time missionaries meant, but we knew this was the call of God.
Entering the mission field and full-time ministry the way we did was certainly unorthodox by most people’s standards. We have sometimes thought that only people in our position, without proper ministerial training or experience, would have accepted such a position. In other words, anyone else would said, “But, there’s no job description, no salary or benefits, nothing to even build on!” They would have been smart enough to know this was an assignment destined to fail according to every standard of man. If we had relied on man’s standards as our test of God’s faithfulness, we probably would have quit the next month. Instead, somehow, we realized this job was going to cost us everything, but God would take care of us.
And, He has!