Helping Men With Life Controlling Addictions Drugs ~ Alcohol ~ Crime
About Miracle Lake
Introduction by our Director, Rev. Jack Bryan
Miracle Lake is a residential Christian Training Center catering to men who have expressed a desire to leave the harmful use of drugs and alcohol and the crime generally associated with such use. We offer God's regeneration program that has never failed those who follow it and never will. There are five basic phases of this program: Repentance, Faith, Mind Renewal, Life in the Church, and Life Beyond.
Jack Bryan is the founder and executive director of Miracle Lake and Tennessee Prison Ministries. He and his wife, Eloise, live on the campus. The following remarks are from his notes.
“I was made to realize the need for such a program after ministering to hundreds of men in the Tennessee Prison System for five years. I observed that when men went back to their home communities they were like thermometers quickly adjusting back to their corrupt environment. I was impressed to develop a program that would train men and enable them to return to their home environment and become thermostats, influencing their environment for the better. To implement this I knew a suitable place must be found where men could come and live for a suitable period of time. Having been born and raised in Etowah I knew of such a piece of property just one mile northeast of Etowah. The property covered 117 acres including an eleven-acre lake. The rest was covered by wooded hills.
In 1978 a group of Christian men joined me in forming a non-profit corporation and God enabled us to borrow the money to purchase the property in 1980 and pay it off by September of 1987. Since that time God has provided for our every need so that we have never ended a month in the red. Praise the Lord! “
MEET THE MIRACLE LAKE STAFF
OUR FOUNDERS: JACK AND ELOISE BRYAN
Jack became a follower of Jesus Christ in the fall of 1951, at the age of 19. Jack is the founder and director of the Tennessee Prison Ministry since 1973, and Miracle Lake Christian Training Center since 1980. Jack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson Newman College (1955), Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1959). He has 55 years of pastoral experience in Tennessee, Louisiana, and California. He has 8 years of teaching experience in public schools, and 6 years in construction as a carpenter.
Eloise is the donor secretary at Miracle Lake where she and Jack have been living on campus since 1986. Eloise plays piano for the worship service for the campus church. Jack and Eloise have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
Lee is the Assistant Director here at Miracle Lake. Lee graduated from UT. Martin with a degree in psychology. He has worked in the past with a variety populations. Most of these settings have been mental Health Centers and hospital psychiatric units. He has worked in substance abuse programs. Some of which were in the prisons system.
Byron is the student affairs and admissions director at Miracle Lake. Byron holds an associate degree in business from Volunteer State Community College. Byron was a student and graduated from Miracle Lake and remained on campus to help the staff. Byron assisted Sam Rose in student admissions while also functioning as house manager. Today, Byron now coordinates all admissions and orientation. Byron and his wife Brandy has 1 daughter and now resides in Madisonville.