Our History

New Life Ministries, founded by Stephen Arterburn, began in 1988 as New Life Treatment Centers. New Life’s nationally broadcast radio program, New Life Live!, began in early 1995. “Women of Faith” conferences, also founded by Stephen Arterburn, began in 1996; and between 1991 and 1999, New Life acquired the Fred Gross Christian Therapy Program, Remuda Ranch, Minirth-Meier Clinics, and the Calvary Center. All have since been sold or closed. New Life’s Counselor Network was formed in 2000; and TV.NewLife.com, our internet-based television channel, was launched in 2014. New Life continues to develop and expand our programs and resources to help meet the changing needs of our callers and listeners.

New Life Today

Today New Life Ministries is a nationally recognized, faith-based, broadcasting and counseling non-profit organization providing ministry through radio, TV, our counseling network, workshops, support groups, and numerous written, audio, and video resources. All New Life resources are based on God’s truth and help those who are hurting find and build connections and experience life-transformation.

Our New Life Live! radio program, still the centerpiece of our ministry, is broadcast on Christian radio stations in more than 150 markets, including most major metropolitan areas and XM/SIRIUS satellite radio. New Life Live! can also be seen on NRB, SkyAngel, and The WalkTV, as well as our internet based television channel.

Our passion is to reach out compassionately to those seeking emotional and spiritual health and healing for God’s glory. New Life Ministries Resource Center receives thousands of calls each month from those looking to us for help. We look forward to the future with hope that God will continue to bless our ministry and those we serve.

Call us at 800-NEW-LIFE. We have a resource that can help, and we are waiting for your call.

Mission Statement

Transforming lives through compassionately communicating God’s truth and connecting people into redemptive relationships.

Core Values

Connection, Truth, Transformation.

As a professional organization, we set forth the following beliefs which have been agreed to by the professional and support staff of New Life Ministries.  These beliefs are essential to our treatment philosophy and ministry.

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, inerrant, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  He has revealed Himself in creation, history, and in Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in God’s creation of the world and humankind and in humanity’s rebellion and subsequent depravity.
  • We believe in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His deity, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His true humanity, His miracles, His substitutionary death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father, and in His coming personal return in power and in glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of the lost, sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.  We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as one’s Savior.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and to grow in the knowledge of God and Christian obedience.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost—the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and in the importance of the church for worship, service and missions.
  • We believe all human life is a sacred gift from God and is to be protected and defended from conception to natural death. We will uphold the sanctity of life and bring the grace and compassion of Christ to those who face the realities of previous abortion, unwanted pregnancy, and end-of-life illness.
  • We believe in the importance of marriage.  Specifically, that marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24), and that a person’s sex (male or female) is determined by God in the womb (Psalm 139:13) and revealed at birth.
  • We further believe that marriage is a covenant relationship that is mirrored in the relationship between Christ and His Church (Revelation 19:7, 21:2, 21:9).  And although the Bible states that divorce is permissible in two unusual circumstances (adultery as described in Matthew 5:31, and abandonment of a Christian by a non-Christian as described in I Corinthians 7:15), we will do all we can to preserve marriage.
  • We believe that all psychological principles should be thoroughly evaluated through the grid of Scripture, and that Scripture always holds the final authority.
1988 – Steve Arterburn founds New Life Treatment Centers (NLTC), a for-profit entity.
1991 – NLTC acquires the Fred Gross Christian Therapy Program, which has an inpatient hospital program in Buena Park, CA, and opens other inpatient treatment programs around the country.
1994 – NLTC acquires Remuda Ranch.
1994 – NLTC acquires the Minirth Meier Clinics.
1996 – Women Of Faith (WOF) begins with over 30,000 attendees in its first year.
1998 – NLTC sells WOF and Remuda Ranch, and spins off the Minirth Meier radio program as a non-profit entity, later changing the name of the radio program to New Life Live.
1999 – New Life Ministries becomes the official name.
1999 – New Life acquires the Calvary Rehabilitation Center.
2000 – The New Life Network of counselors is created. To date it has grown to over 940 counselors.
2000 – In November, Every Man’s Battle Workshops launched.
2001 – NLM begins its monthly giving program, Club New Life. New Life supporters make an impact for Christ in the lives of many people.
2002 – Lose it For Life Workshops begin.
2003 – New Life sells Calvary Rehabilitation Center. NLM continues to provide Christian substance abuse treatment through its partnerships with top Christian chemical dependency facilities around the country.
2004 – Healing is a Choice and and Every Heart Restored Intensive Outpatient Programs begin.
2005 – New Life delivers over 40,000 Every Soldier’s Battle kits.
2005 – Post workshop group coaching begins.
2006 – New Life Weekends launch across the United States.
2007 – Every Man’s Battle makes national news. In February, a judge in Pennsylvania recognizes that in addition to punishment, a sentenced sex offender needed help so he ordered the man to read the Every Man’s Battle book.
2008 – New Life celebrates 20 years.
2010 – The Resource Center and Warehouse move to Richardson, TX.
2010 – New Life Live begins to air on cable television.
2010 – Every Man’s Battle celebrates 10 years in November.
2011 – Women in the Battle Workshops begin.
2011 – New Life hosts its first webinar.
2011 – New Life Marriage Workshops begin.
2013 – New Life and Steve Arterburn celebrate 25 years.
2014 – New Life launches a new online channel New Live TV.
2015 – New Life launches the wedared.com site, a 30-Day challenge for men to lead them on the path of sexual integrity.
2016 – New Life moved it’s office from Laguna Beach to Lake Forest, launches The New Life Leadership Institute, adds two new intensive workshops, Intimacy in Marriage and Take Your Life Back.
  • Steve Arterburn – Founder and CEO
  • Larry Sonnenburg – President
  • Kim Dixon – V.P. of Operations
  • Lisa Voyen – Director of Communications
  • Becky Brown – Director of  Counseling Network
  • Rhonda Sonnenburg – Director of Development
  • Diane Gresham – Director of Finance
  • Terrie Storm – Director of Human Resources and Risk Management
  • Steve Arterburn – Fishers, IN – Founder and Chairman of New Life Ministries

    Steve is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on nearly 200 radio stations nationwide, on XM and Sirius Satellite radio and on the NRBTV television network. Steve is also the host of New Life TV, a web-based channel dedicated to transforming lives through God’s truth. Steve is the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 4 million people. He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.Steve is a nationally and internationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as Oprah, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, CNN Live, The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, ABC World News Tonight, and ironically in GQ and Rolling Stone magazines. Steve has spoken at major events for the National Center for Fathering, American Association of Christian Counselors, Promise Keepers Canada, Life Well Conferences in Australia and The Salvation Army to name a few.

    Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s Battle, Healing Is A Choice and his latest books, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, The Book of Life Recovery, Is This The One? and recently co-authored Worthy of Her Trust with Jason Martinkus. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible. For a more comprehensive list of his books, visit our store site.

    His speaking topics address issues common to leaders, adult men and women, including Every Man’s Battle, Lose it For Life, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, Every Heart Restored, and Healing is a Choice. Steve’s ministry endeavors focus on identifying and compassionately responding to the needs of those seeking healing and restoration through God’s truth.

    Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.

    Steve resides with his family in Fishers, Indiana.

  • Keith Campbell – Salem, NJ – Chairman, Mannington Mills

    Keith is currently the Chairman of the Board of Mannington Mills, Inc., one of the oldest and largest flooring manufacturers in the U.S. founded by his great grandfather. Keith’s business background and experience have resulted in a wide range expertise in management, finance, sales and marketing.

    He is married to Shirley, and they have 3 grown, married children, and 3 grandchildren.  Keith and his family are very philanthropic and community minded, supporting many educational and civic causes.  Keith has a wealth of experience serving on boards of hospitals, churches, civic organizations, the Federal Reserve, and now New Life.

    Both Keith and Shirley have participated in New Life workshops which have fueled their interest in becoming devoted supporters of New Life Ministries.  Keith enjoys playing golf and tennis, and loves spending time with his family.

  • Ed Shenk – Hamburg, PA – Owner, Weavers Hardware Company

    Ed graduated from Eastern Mennonite College with a B.S. in International Agricultural Development and Biology Education.  After managing the growth in a trucking company and starting a home heating oil company, Ed and his wife, Christine, now are the proud owners of two hardware stores in Eastern, Pennsylvania.

    Ed and Christine have been fans of New Life Ministries for many years and cherish the resources that they have discovered for themselves, their family, and friends.  From enjoying several New Life cruises, to listening to New Life Live!, to taking advantage of the great books and resources offered by New Life, Ed and Christine have been blessed by the ministry in countless ways.  Perhaps one of the greatest resources Ed and Christine found through New Life was an eating disorder facility for treatment of their young daughter’s anorexia years ago.  Their experience in helping their daughter achieve recovery opened their hearts and minds with a desire to help others discover freedom as a beloved child of Christ.

    Ed has served in his church as an elder and deacon.  He enjoys outdoor adventures and activities, and spending time with his wife, their two adult daughters and son-in-law.

  • Larry Sonnenburg – Lake Forest, CA – President, New Life Ministries

    As the current President of New Life Ministries, Larry is a respected and valued member of the Board.  Larry graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a B.S. Degree in Mathematics. Prior to joining New Life Ministries, Larry gained a wealth of experience as the Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer of the Crystal Cathedral, a large church and international ministry located in Garden Grove, California.  Larry started with New Life in 2004, and has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and now as President.

    Larry brings not only significant talent in the area of operations, but his honesty, warmth, and sincerity enable him to forge and maintain long term donor relationships.

    Larry and his wife, Rhonda, have two married sons, and two grandchildren.  Larry enjoys reading, gardening, golfing, and spending time with his family.

  • David Van Brunt – Pomona, CA – Business Owner

    David and his wife Gina have been consistent givers to New Life since 2003. David has great enthusiasm for New Life, and he has creative ideas to further its mission. David owns and operates a pool service business in San Marino and Pasadena. He is also the creator of the number 1 swimming pool channel on YouTube, with over 10 million video views. In addition to his pool service business, David owns and manages rental properties (that he attributes to diligently working the Dave Ramsey plan.)

    David and Gina have one child, Caleb, who is 7 years old.  They live in Pomona, California. David has been a leader in Celebrate Recovery for over 10 years. He enjoys sharing his faith with kids and volunteers in his church’s elementary program and weekly in the Awana program. Gina is a Registered Nurse and has been a stay at home mom for the past 8 years. In her spare time, Gina enjoys photography and cooking.

    David enjoys creating websites and filming videos for his various YouTube channels and he is an avid reader. He credits books written by New Life hosts for getting his family through some tough times.

  • Jim Voorhees – Santa Barbara, CA – Consulting Engineer

    Jim is a retired mining engineer, who spent his career in the mining industry and enjoyed many assignments in foreign countries.  He and his wife, Julie, also a New Life Board member, have been enthusiastic supporters of New Life Ministries for a number of years.  Both Jim and Julie have experienced New Life workshops, and have found them to be life changing.  Jim serves on boards of for- profit corporations, and his analytical background and management experience have proven to be invaluable resources to New Life. Jim is an avid sailor, loves to read historical fiction, and spend time with his family.  He and Julie have three grown, married children and five grandsons.

  • Julie Voorhees – Santa Barbara, CA – Christian Life Coach

    Julie’s training and practice as a Christian Life Coach have given her special insight into New Life’s ministry of restoring hope and bringing about transformation to those in need.  Having participated personally, Julie is keenly aware of the hope and direction offered by New Life Ministries through the radio program and workshops.  Julie has been active on her church advisory board, and brings her experience and expertise to the New Life Board.

    Julie is married to Jim, also a New Life Board member. They have three grown, married children and five grandsons. When Julie’s not traveling between families, to a training, or on a group call with other women, Julie can be found in between the pages of a non-fiction book. And sometimes she is on a sailboat with her favorite captain, husband Jim. Writing is her opportunity to discover truth within the struggle, and to stay connected with others. You can get a flavor of her writing by checking out her blog at http://www.invitingconnections.blogspot.com.

  • Debora Yeats – Carrollton, TX – Painting Contractor/Real Estate Broker

    The New Life Ministries Board was pleased to have Debbie join the Board in March, 2014.   She has been a New Life supporter and radio program listener for many years.  Debbie has previous experience serving on homeowners’  association  and ministry boards.  She brings her broad expertise as a contractor, realtor, EPA Certified Renovator, and entrepreneur to the New Life Board.

    She is married to Dean Peters.  She has one daughter and 3 grandchildren.   In her precious little spare time, Debbie enjoys her dogs (Duke and Bentley), movies, gardening, decorating and designing the homes that she buys and sells, and collecting giraffes.

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