NewLife Behavior Ministries (NLB) has evolved into a comprehensive program primarily designed to assist prisoners in behavioral improvement - not only in personal lives but benefiting families and society as well.
NewLife Behavior is a "Ministry of Hope" - reconciling individuals to God, families and society.
This all started when in August 1984, Dr. H. M. Motsinger (an educator and family therapist in Dallas, Texas) joined a group of trained Christian volunteers to meet with offenders.
Over the next eighteen (18) years Dr. Motsinger developed the first seven (7) courses and the Children's Edition of the NLB "curriculum" which is now used in about 100 prisons in 43 states and almost that many foreign countries! More recently, the same courses have been translated from English into Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian and Chinese.
Today, the NLB curriculum consists of fourteen (14) courses plus the Children's Edition (a child's version of Course I - "A Sense of Self").
In 1994 the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) encouraged the use of NLB curriculum throughout the system. In 1997, TDCJ honored NLB with the Governor George Bush Award for being the Best State Jail Program in Texas.
With the support and guidance of Skillman Church of Christ in Dallas, NLB became a separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit and tax exempt organization in 1988, functioning under its own Board of Trustees. NLB is supported by churches, individuals, businesses, foundations and grants.
Impressed with the structure and results of NLB curriculum, TDCJ officials requested an extension of its impact to families of offenders. A pilot effort was launched in 1993 at the Michael Unit in Palestine (Texas) with the help of Chaplain Bill Brewer. Wives were invited to participate with their husbands in studies, integrating an essential facet of the prisoner's behavioral modification - the family unit! As a result, FamilyNet was added to the growing list of NLB programs. FamilyNet today has a multitude of shapes and forms to fit almost any local setting.
In 2000, NLB began combining efforts with Christians Against Substance Abuse (CASA) to magnify its influence inside and outside of jails and prisons. The same year Buck Griffith authored Course VIII (CASA) of the NLB curriculum. CASA is also approved by TDCJ. Mr. Griffith started CASA in Corpus Christi (Texas) in 1988.
In July 2002, the NLB Board of Trustees asked Buck Griffith to succeed Dr. Motsinger as its President. Thus, the NLB office in Lancaster was closed and combined with the CASA office at 3833 South Staples, Suite S-101, Corpus Christi, Texas 78411. John Henry Pruitt, one of the many Regional Directors of NLB (and also one of its board members), answers the phone at this office (361) 855-3372. Glenda Watson works with the FamilyNet program. Her husband, Pat Watson, is a LCDC with the local Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse and works with the NLB/CASA program. Gary Thompson tracks over 37,000 students taking NLB courses through the mail. Nancy Strauss helps with Development efforts and Taryn Brooks works in Marketing. You may also reach us by fax at (361) 855-7469 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Amazingly, none of the individuals mentioned draw a salary from NLB. Each is a volunteer, supported individually or through local churches. This allows 100% of funds received to go into the design, development, and distribution of the curriculum.
The Founder of NLB, Dr. H. M. Motsinger, has a worldwide vision and passion to see the curriculum translated into every language, taught and studied everywhere. So, while President Buck Griffith focuses on the United States, Dr. Motsinger leads NLB efforts outside the borders of this country. He serves as President of NLB-International and it is a separate 501 (c) (3) with its independent Board of Trustees and office in Dallas (Texas). Presently, the international emphasis is being placed on works in Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, and the Philippines.