learn & Lead podcast: Breaking Bonds Ministries

Interviewed by the Missouri Annual Conference, Brandon Murphy, Director was the most recent guest on the Learn & Lead Podcast. Listen below to learn more about Breaking Bonds, Brandon's path to ministry and the New McKendree/Breaking Bonds Ministries partnership. 

Breaking Bonds is a FREE  seven month faith-based men’s residential treatment program for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.  The program provides a free 24-hour care facility, work opportunities, Bible study, and life skill classes.  

Contact us to apply for treatment today

Phone 573-204-3266

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If you have a medical emergency call 911.



Our mission is to spread the good news that you no longer have to be enslaved in the bondage of drugs, alcohol, sex, food or any other addiction. Because of the redeeming grace and salvation offered through Jesus Christ, you can find freedom. Through teaching and practical application of God’s word, Breaking Bonds has witnessed countless men and families experience breakthrough. They have worked through their struggles and found forgiveness, rebirth and an abundant life.  Our vision is to help men in this community overcome addiction.  Our hope is to help restore families torn apart from the bondage of drug and alcohol abuse.  We believe that by surrendering our lives fully to God, these things can be made possible. 


  • In the first three months residents focus on what’s most important, their relationship with Jesus Christ.   Two days a week men participate in Bible study to develop a solid Biblical     foundation.  Spiritual transformation happens when residents learn and experience God together. 


  • In months 4-6 residents prepare to go back out into the world.  They are taught Franklin Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” “Leading at the Speed of Trust,” and “The Five Choices of Extraordinary Productivity” as well as Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University.”


  • Every man that comes through our program is different; therefore, every transition out of our program looks a bit different. Our month seven transition period is designed to set each man up for success upon graduation. This month is devoted to tying up legal affairs, helping to reinstate driver’s licenses, find work, housing, etc.


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Brandon and Michelle Murphy have both experienced the healing and restoration that faith-based rehabilitation can bring. They began their ministry together at the Breaking Bonds facility in Jonesboro, AR. They have been married for 1 year and are excited to see what God has in store for them in Jackson. 


Dear New McKendree Family,

Michelle and I thank God for the hospitality, love, and support of our new church family.  The blessings we’ve received in just our first month have been overwhelming.  We’re blessed with six New McKendree Bible study teachers who share their time, faith, and wisdom with our residents every Monday and Tuesday.  The Jackson R2 School District provided for our transportation needs by donating a 7-passenger van.  A member of our New McKendree family generously donated a new smart TV.  As a result, our residents can now join the First UMC Jonesboro Breaking Bonds residents for weekly “life skills” classes.  Another church member donated funds for the purchase of a much-needed box freezer.  The greatest blessing of all is the warm welcome and hospitality New McKendree has extended to our residents and their families.  The staff and residents feel at home in their new church home.  It’s incredible to think that we’ve grown from four residents to eight residents in one month.

In April, we’re looking forward to inviting our New McKendree family to an “open house” at our beautiful ministry site.  And on April 13th, we’re going to kick off our Breaking Bonds weeknight worship service at South Campus.  We look forward to worshiping with our New McKendree family and other addiction recovery ministries throughout the area. 

Thank you again for making your church home our new church home!

In Christ,

Brandon Murphy

Director, Breaking Bonds Ministry


Breaking Bonds Ministries, Inc. was founded in 2014 by Casey and Tiffanie Turner in Jonesboro, AR. It began as weekly meeting of graduates from faith-based treatment centers. They met for fellowship, breaking of bread and studying God’s Word. In 2016, God laid it on their hearts to open a free, long-term, Christ-centered rehabilitation program. Breaking Bonds Ministries have witnessed hundred’s of men experience freedom by God’s redeeming power from the bondage of sin and addiction.  Isaiah 14:3 “And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from the sorrow, from the fear, and from the bondage that you were made to serve.”  Breaking Bonds Ministries, Jackson MO was started in 2021 in partnership with New McKendree United Methodist Church.