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Next Step

Motivating and equipping fatherless males to become good Christians, good husbands, good fathers, and good citizens.

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Faces of Next Step Faces of Next Step 4 Churches Represented We were blessed to have 4 churches from central Illinois represented at our first NS prayer meeting (2012). 187297135 Next Step Prayer Meeting This is a cell phone shot of our first Next Step Prayer Meeting. We appreciate Berean Bookstore in Peoria, IL allowing us the use of their conference room. 187297134 Boys Basketball 2010 One of the teams in El Vista Baptist Church's basketball program. 5 of these guys are growing up without their fathers. 148985472 Trayvon and James Both of these guys are growing up without their dad's presence. My family enjoyed a meal with them at Culver's one night. 187297129 Trayvon This photo was taken the day I first spoke with Trayvon's mom about connecting him to a mentor. 187297128 "God sees everything!" That's what we talked about from one of the observation decks at the Peoria Heights (IL) water tower. (Trayvon and his Next Step Mentor, Benjamin) 187297130 Really Big Pizza This is not an optical illusion! The pizza's really that big! 187297132 "Kent" "Kent" accompanied me to a preaching engagement in the middle of winter. We had to test out the convertible since the rental car company gave us a free upgrade! 187297133 Devon A year and a half before his high school graduation, Devon's mom passed away. Since his dad is not involved in his life, Devon eventually became homeless. By God's grace we were able to connect him to appropriate resources and walk with him through very difficult days. We were all excited for him when he earned his high school diploma. 187297131 Thank You Event In November 2013, our first Thank You Event was held for Personal Investors and others who have encouraged and supported us. 187297137 Devon and Pastor Watt Next Step began under the umbrella of El Vista Baptist Church in Peoria, IL. This picture, taken at our first Thank You Event, includes Pastor Joey Watt of El Vista and Devon who shared his testimony that night. 187297138 In Memory of Michael Michael hanging out with Benjamin Watt shortly after his "mom" passed away several years ago. Michael is also in Heaven now. His life was one that God used to burden Benjamin Watt for fatherless guys. You can read his story under the "About Us" tab. 148985473