About Us

  • Our Mission

    Mission Statement Image

    We exist to give hope in Christ, show love through support, and encourage change through Bible-based recovery from substance abuse, emotional strongholds, and codependency. We seek to carry out our mission in three ways:

    • We partner with families to initiate communication about addiction and to share resources and options for treatment and help
    • Upon written request—we mail our study guide and accompanying Correspondence Course to any inmate in any correctional facility world-wide free of charge.
    • We provide support through small group meetings in communities and within correctional facilities.

    Our Vision

    Our vision is men and women who are spiritually and emotionally healthy.

  • Christian 12 Step Ministry is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization.

    Founder, Ray Geisel Mr. Geisel started the Christian 12 Step Ministry in 1990 to help men and women overcome their addictions by using the steps of the AA program and the power of Jesus Christ. He experienced the healing from his own addiction through the power of Christ. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    Board of Directors We have a 9 member Board of Directors consisting of 6 men and 3 women.

    Director, Lonnie Earnest Lonnie has a love and passion for God that has allowed God to use his time of incarceration to assist others and impact their lives. Because of the wrong choices he made in his past, he is able to encourage others to overcome the difficulties they now walk through.

    Associate Director, Renee Arnett Renee began volunteering as a Group Facilitator in 2011. Because of the many lives she has seen changed, she is passionate about pursuing further development of the ministry and raising awareness for it.

    Student Services Director, Abbie Earnest Abbie oversees the management of the office, all volunteers, and all aspects of the Correspondence Course.

    Volunteers Volunteers are the heart of our ministry and we wouldn’t be able to function without them. We depend on volunteers to peruse correspondence lessons, lead groups within communities and correctional facilities, and assist with everyday office duties. We have over 100 volunteers and we are thankful for them all.

  • Our History ImageFounder, Mr. Geisel, writes: “The original writing of this book took place in the Marion County Jail, Ocala, Florida, in 1989 and 1990. The idea behind the book was to give those suffering with addiction the understanding as to the cause of addiction, the solution to that problem, and the tools needed to overcome that problem for the rest of their lives. It began very humbly with no idea that such a guide would be needed and used by so many. Today, this publication is studied by people in all 50 states and a few foreign countries.

    You may ask, “How did this come about?” Well, after 10 years of study and time spent with the inmates in our local state prison, I came to the conclusion that a very large percentage (90% or better) of the people in jails and prisons were there because they committed a crime while under the influence of a severe addiction. They were hurting spiritually and appeared to feel hopeless in finding the answer to their dilemma. After much prayer and study, I came to the conclusion that the answer to that problem was the Alcoholics Anonymous program. My study of that program showed me that in the early stages of its formation, in the 1930’s, God was their “Higher Power” and He was the answer to their problems. Their success was phenomenal. I became very interested in this solution and the Lord showed me that He had to be the addicted person’s “Higher Power” and none other. Through the Lord’s leading, I began to write lessons based on the 12 step program with Jesus Christ as the “Higher Power”. As the writing of this program began to filter out into society, the interest in this new, updated version of the AA program was immediate. After only a short time, the demand for this teaching material spread like wild fire. God brought about a mighty miracle.”

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    This study is not intended to replace your basic AA type 12 Step meeting. Rather, it is intended to reinforce your regular meeting. This study differs from the traditional 12 Steps of AA in that:

    • We teach Jesus Christ as the Higher Power • We include teaching for 5 Growth & Strength activities: Prayer, Bible Study, Fellowship, Fasting, and Sharing the Love of Jesus with others

    The 12 Steps of AA, As Used In This Study Guide

    1. I admit that (by myself without Jesus) I am powerless over my addiction; that my life has become unmanageable.
    2. I came to believe that a power greater than myself (Jesus Christ) could restore me to sanity.
    3. I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understood Him.
    4. I made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself seeking to identify the wrongs of my past.
    5. I admitted to God, to myself, and to another human being the exact nature of my wrongs.
    6. I was entirely ready to have God remove all the wrongs of my past.
    7. I humbly asked Him to remove these wrongs.
    8. I made a list of all persons I had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
    9. I made direct amends to such persons whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
    10. I continue to take personal inventory daily, and when I am wrong, I promptly admit it.
    11. I seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact with God, as I understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for me and the power to carry that out.
    12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, I try to carry this message to others with addiction and to practice these principles in all my affairs.

    The 12 Steps are reprinted and adapted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (AAWS) Permission to reprint and adapt the 12 Steps does not mean that AAWS has reviewed or approved the contents of this publication, or that AAWS necessarily agrees with the views expressed herein. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism only – use of the 12 Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, or in any other non-A.A. context, does not imply otherwise. Additionally, while A.A. is a spiritual program, A.A. is not a religious program. Thus, A.A. is not affiliated or allied with any sect, denomination, or specific religious belief.

  • Our office is located at 415 NW First Avenue, Ocala, FL 34478
    Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Our phone number is (352) 732-0877
    Our fax number is (352) 402-0177
    Our mailing address is PO Box 4321, Ocala, FL 34478-4321
    You may contact us at help@christian12step.org