Who We Are

Our Mission

First Refuge Ministries believes that every person has worth and value because they are created by God. We aim to honor God and bring Him glory by reaching out to our under-served neighbors with an open door, healing hands and a generous heart prepared to serve, love and encourage others no matter who they are. Our goal is to minister to the entire person, including physical, emotional and spiritual needs, by offering essential services to those in our community.

Watch the videos to the right to get a better understanding of our ministries. The top video will give you a brief intro to First Refuge and the bottom shares a first hand testimony of the impact First Refuge has had in the life of one of our clients. 

Our goal is to share the Gospel and offer lasting hope and healing through the love of Jesus Christ.

First Refuge Ministries History

April 2011 - Start of ministry. A community assessment was initiated to determine the needs within the Denton community.

October 2011 - Community assessment was completed which allows for the planning phase of the ministry to be implemented, based on assessment data.

January 2012 - Ministry is officially started, Executive Director position is created, and initial board members were selected.

March 2012 - Food Pantry is opened as the initial ministry of First Refuge.

October 2012 - Branding of First Refuge Ministries is adopted with creation of logo and the tag line “A place of Caring, Healing, and Hope thru Christ”.

February 2013 - Clinic Coordinator Position is created and filled.

September 2013 - Renovation of First Refuge is completed, Grand Opening is held, Counseling Ministry and Clinic is now operational.

April 2014 - Agreement in place to collaborate with Denton Bible Church on operation of Denton Dental Mission is established.

August 2016 - Paul Juarez is hired as the new Executive Director. 

January 2017 - Denton Dental Mission becomes First Refuge Dental.

March 2017 - Branch of First Refuge Food Pantry opens at Heritage Oaks.

June 2017 - Entered in affiliation with TWU to be clinical site for hygiene students.

October 2017 - First Refuge Medical starts providing free well-woman exams.

January 2018 - Grace Like Rain Ministries starts providing out of First Refuge.

April 2018 - First Refuge partners with NCTC nursing to become clinical site for First Refuge Medical.