Fresh Start helps those in need discover a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through relevant teaching, practical mentoring, and relationship building. We help people transition from destructive habits into lifestyles of hope, peace, and new-found direction in Christ. If you’re interested in getting plugged in to this ministry, please contact us at!

Mentors are available to provide spiritual and life guidance to help people with their Christian walk and life skills.

Each Christmas, fruit baskets are filled and distributed to inmates and staff at the Cass and Clay County Jails.

Fresh Start Group: New Beginnings

Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30 AM / Room 118 / 

New Beginnings provides biblical instruction focused on establishing purpose in life and finding joy in the midst of difficult circumstances.  Participants are transported from and to their program facility by making a reservation through the church (701.232.0003).  First Assembly has a code of conduct for all attendees who are currently (or have been) incarcerated or are involved with recovery programs.

Facilitators: Brad Shaffer/Richard Dietrich

Fresh Start: Celebrate Recovery

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 PM / Coffee Shop / 

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups.  It is based on God’s Word, the Bible.  CR focuses on the future, emphasizes personal responsibility and spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ, and utilizes the biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally. CR is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community.

Facilitators: Tom Voss/Judy Kuehl

Fresh Start Group

Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 PM / Coffee Shop / 

Fresh Start is a group that encourages discipleship and relationship building.  An emphasis is made on helping persons new in their faith and those recently moving in or out of recovery.  We meet to study scripture and provide biblical teaching to help each individual experience Jesus and live like Him.  Proverbs 27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

Fresh Start also works in cooperation with 2nd Chance Career Fair, Police Officers Jail Chaplains Association, Redemption Road Ministries, and the group provides chaplains for the Cass and Clay County Jails.

Facilitators: Keith Ollie/Brady Kelly