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In Memory of Mickey Evans PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 10:17

Mickey Evans the founder of Dunklin Memorial Church Camp, the “City of Refuge”, has gone on to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mickey and Laura Maye Evans began building the “City of Refuge” in 1962 in a wilderness area of Martin County for the purpose of building a “city” for the spiritual, emotional and physical regeneration of alcoholics and drug addicts. The concept was born out of the vision from God to Mickey.

Mickey believed that “the Christian approach to substance abuse and addiction produces the most effective and enduring results. As seeds are planted, they begin to take root and are nurtured until they begin to bear fruit”.

Men started arriving at the Camp with the goal of sobriety and found that they could achieve more, and many found a permanent and lasting relationship with God. Mickey said “they were no longer considered “the problem” but now a solution to that problem”.

Mickey Evans met Frank Constantino, the founder of Bridges of America, in 1970 while he was still doing time at a Glades Correction Institution. Mickey was introduced to Frank by Chaplain Max Jones and became a mentor to Frank until he went on to be with the Lord in 2006. In the early days of Bishop Frank’s vision of Bridges of America, he also kept in contact with his mentor and friend Mickey Evans.

Mickey Evans was a pioneer and visionary that was able to convert God’s vision into a “city of refuge” to the least, lost, and lonely. As a result, Dunklin Memorial Camp has become a growing recovery community with a thriving local Church body and “ministry training center”. The idea is being replicated in the US and around the world. “Well done good and faithful servant… Welcome into the kingdom of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”.

Chaplain Wade - The Cocoa Bridge PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 14 July 2014 13:21

Rev. Wade attended several college institutions including Florida Memorial University in Miami, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1979. He earned his Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling in 2006, from Restoration Fellowship Ministries Bible College in Melbourne, FL. 
Chaplain Wade began his career with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Miami, FL. During his professional career, Rev. Wade has worked in both State and Federal Government funded programs as well as faith based Not for Profit agencies and Ministries and has over 25 years of experience with social service agencies in the State of Florida.
On July 17, 1994, Rev. Wade answered the calling of the Gospel Ministry, and was licensed to preach the Gospel at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, FL. He was ordened on December 17, 2000.
Rev. Wade is also the founder of S.O.S., (Save Our Sons) Ministry, a mentor Program which targets young men between the ages of 12-25. He is married to Michelle Anderson Wade and together they are the proud parents of eight children.
Welcome Chaplain Wade to The Cocoa Bridge!

Dr. Beckner Receives an Award in New Brunswick PDF  | Print |  E-mail


At the June 27-28 training in New Brunswick, the chaplains surprised Dr. Beckner with an award, for directing the 1st Provincial Chaplain Team launched in July of 2013.
Congratulations, Dr. Beckner for such wonderful accomplishment!
Pictured:  Chaplain Dennis Sisco presenting the award to Dr. Beckner
Group photo, from left to right: Chaplain Wayne Hagerman, Chaplain Clause Arsenault, Dr. Beckner, Chaplain Albertine LeBlanc, Chaplain Dennis Sisco, and Fr. Caleb Christian.

New Chaplais - The Broward Bridge and The Lake City Bridge PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 09:58


Welcome Chaplain Duane Terpstra (The Broward Bridge) and Ralph Minister (The Lake City Bridge)!
Duane Terpstra grew up in Western Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Public Administration. In 2008, Duane responded to a call to pursue ministry and received three years of training through the Leadership Development Network.  In January of 2011, he was ordained as a pastor within the Christian Reformed Denomination. Duane is married to Cindy and has two grown children: Jason and Cassie.

With a call from God to minister to the incarcerated, Chaplain Minster began his journey obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Central Bible College in Missouri. He continued his studies by earning his Master of Arts in Biblical Literature and Master of Divinity at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1987 and began a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) in 1988. During his 20 year tenure with the FBOP Chaplain Minster worked in seven institutions serving offenders in various settings. He has committed himself to assisting ex-offenders through re-entry partnerships with faith-based community organizations.

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