Rev. Robert (Bob) Emery
Revs. Ann and Matt Parsons
New Creations Christian Fellowship
New Creations Christian Fellowship (NCCF) currently meets at Turning Point, 182 Lake St., St. Albans, Vermont, Friday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm. NCCF serves to support families affected by incarceration and those formerly incarcerated by helping them to understand the legal system and, most importantly, to become new creations in Christ. Biblical understanding and application are central to this ministry.
Matt Parsons took over the leadership of an established home fellowship that later became known as New Creations Christian Fellowship. Over the years the Holy Spirit and NCCF have ministered to many people, including walk-ins who were homeless or suffering from various addictions. As Matt says, "Christ never turns anyone away." Matt has served as a volunteer in the Church at Prison at the Northwest State Correctional Facility since 2001 and received training through Patmos Christian College. In 2016, Matt was ordained and licensed as a pastor through Church at Prison. Matt serves as an Elder at New Life Christian Church.
Covered Bridge Therapeutic Communities
New Life’s founder and former Senior Pastor, Bob Emery, was instrumental in establishing Covered Bridge Therapeutic Communities. This organization was officially formed in 2001 to provide residential Christ-centered discipleship and prison aftercare for men and women affected by substance abuse and addictive behavior. It serves as an extension of and incoordination with ministries within the Vermont prisons. Covered Bridge’s mission is “to provide a place where men and women can build a foundation for their lives upon the principles that God has given us in the Bible.” Covered Bridge opened its first house in St. Johnsbury in early 2004 with the hope of opening houses in more communities and serving them through individualized supports such as counseling, skills training, community service and support to adjust to community life with built-in accountability and ongoing discipleship.
Pastor Bob has been working to develop a job training program in northwestern Vermont to assist the unemployed. WorkWright Vermont seeks to help individuals gain hands-on job skills with a goal of certification or licensing in a skill area. Successful participants in the program will be invited to return to serve as peer mentors to others. Plans for training in agricultural, carpentry, woodworking, electrical, small engine repair, welding, business management and relevant computer skills. Pastor Bob sees the future of the program as a self-sustaining skill-building resource.
Ann has been involved with NCCF since 2010. She and Matt were married in 2011 and have been ministering together since that time. In 2016, Ann was licensed as a pastor through the Church at Prison. She has also been involved with Angel Tree Ministries and has led a Christian-based divorce recovery group. Ann is very involved with Vision Guatemala and she and Matt have been on several short-term mission trips to Guatemala. Ann is currently the Nursery Coordinator at New Life Christian Church and has a passion for dance worship.