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Back in the early 70’s, God birthed a vision in Brother Abe Knepp’s heart for a Jail ministry, as well as for a Discipleship Center for men. These visions were realized when he began volunteering at our county jail in 1979 (where he later became Chaplain), as well as with the founding of the Fresh Start Training Center (FSTC) in 1985.

We began operations in a small house in Washington, IN. By 1987, expansion was needed to adequately facilitate the various aspects of the program. Land was purchased, and the facility, out of which we still operate today, was constructed.

Originally FSTC began by working with offenders through our court systems, however, this soon transitioned into providing a foundational discipleship level of counseling to many people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Those backgrounds include offenders (after jail/prison terms are served), as well as referrals from both the secular & Christian settings, with the largest percentage of our clients coming from some form of Anabaptist setting.

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