Next Chapter Ministries began to form in 1991 when Andy Kilen started volunteering in the Olmsted County Jail, leading Bible Studies once a week.  During these Bible studies, it became apparent that many of the inmates wanted and needed further help after they were released.  Statistically, these inmates' need for help was very real, as two-thirds of released prisoners are today rearrested within three years. 

Because of this need, and after much prayer and planning, the Network For Life group was created, bringing together released prisoners and church members in a weekly Bible Study/support group. It was from these initial small group meetings thatNext Chapter Ministries formed, becoming an official non-profit organization in 2000. 

Today, Next Chapter Ministries has grown to include three residential homes for men and women that have been in jail or prison, support for families of prisoners, programs for children and youth that have been impacted by crime, and ministry in the local juvenile detention center.