A New Beginning

The New Life Evangelistic Center Men’s Training Program provides homeless men and veterans with housing, food, clothing and hygiene items 365 nights a year.  In addition to relief services, NLEC provides a Men’s Training Program, which is a developed program […]

The New Life Evangelistic Center Men’s Training Program provides homeless men and veterans with housing, food, clothing and hygiene items 365 nights a year.  In addition to relief services, NLEC provides a Men’s Training Program, which is a developed program that combines relief services, with education and on-the-job training to disadvantaged men in various cities and communities in the Mid-west. Many of the men in our training program are learning on-the-job skills and how to live and serve in Christian community.

The NLEC Training Program is for individuals who desire to change their lives for the better by learning job skills and living in Christian Community.   The training program provides in-depth training and instruction of job skills such as: computer training, reception work, renewable energy, television and radio production, hospitality, and farming and livestock care.  The basis of the NLEC Training Program is founded upon: prayer, bible study, faith, hope, responsibility, and Christian Community.  NLEC believes that healing is found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the support of Christian Community.



Below are stories and testimonies of men who have been apart of the NLEC training program.

“I came to NLEC 10 years ago. I was homeless when I joined NLEC and started learning new things such as how to help others on a day to day basis, television and shelter work. There are days that seem to be stressful, but I spend time alone with Jesus and find relief. By reaching out to others, I see that Jesus reaches out to me. May Jesus work in your life to show that there are a lot of people who need help.”

-Tom Branham is currently working with TV production for NLEC in St. Louis, Missouri

“I am a veteran who by the grace of God, found New Life Evangelistic Center in my time of need. Due to changes in my life, I found myself homeless with nowhere to turn. NLEC has given me the opportunity to learn a new trade and to help people in need all over the United States and in other countries. I have taken Lord Jesus into my hear and am at more peace spiritually than I have been for most of my life. Thank you Larry and Penny Rice and NLEC for giving me this chance to begin my life again. I was lost and now I am saved.”

-J. Shackelford is currently chief operator of KBIY-FM 91.3, Van Buren, MO

Stepping into the Light Ministries

Born in 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri, Pastor Jerome Bracely of Stepping into the Light Ministries is an embodiment of the saying, “they don’t need to hear you talking, if they can see how you’re walking.” More than 5000 men have been served through Stepping in the Light Ministry (SILM). They have come off the streets, embraced Jesus as their Savior, given up substance abuse, found steady employment, and some are now married men and fathers. This deliverance ministry has had a remarkable 70% success rate in recovery from addiction.

Jerome spent fifteen years addicted to drugs and alcohol, until he received God’s help through Rev. Larry Rice at New Life Evangelistic Center. While seeking deliverance from his addictions, Jerome made a promise to God, “If you can deliver me, I will dedicate my life to freeing others.” Stepping into the Light Ministry was born out of this promise.

In God’s providence, the building now used by the ministry was purchased for $1, and even the $1 used to buy the building was donated, since Jerome had no money in his pockets. Since Stepping into the Light Ministries began its work in Old North St. Louis in 1995, the drug dealers who used to frequent the area have fled, property values have risen, and urban redevelopment is advancing throughout the neighborhood. SILM has helped to transform a whole community, as well as the thousands of men who have left behind homelessness and drug addiction.

Jerome Bracely