Our Mission

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 encourage support by making our study, “Walking the 12 Steps with Jesus Christ”, available for Small Group use within churches, correctional facilities, and other community groups.

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

Christian 12 Step Ministry, Inc.,
is a 501c3 non-profit organization.


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.


Founder, 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.”


God was their “Higher Power” and He was the answer to their problems. Their success was phenomenal.


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.



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.

Ray Geisel

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.”
Lonnie Earnest

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.
Renee Arnett

Renee Arnett

Associate Director
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.
Abbie Earnest

Abbie Earnest

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