Who We Are

The Compassion of Jesus found in Matthew 9:36 “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” is what makes us tick. There are a lot of people in our community who find themselves in a difficult situation and don’t know what to do or where to turn. Some people don’t know how to manage what they have and some don’t know how to keep from being taken advantage of by others.  We are not here to pass judgment on how people end up needing help. Our goal is to meet them where they are and help them get where God wants them. Rather than apply a band-aid we try to work with them to resolve the problem long term. The Mission works with youth and adults to try to break the cycle of poverty and guide them to a new life course.

Mission Statement

The Mission's goal is to assist vulnerable youth and adults in unstable living conditions to become employable if able, self-sustaining, and move into stable housing and healthy relationships with God and others." This involves meeting people where they are and helping them get to where God wants them to be. The Mission's main service area is Dyersburg-Dyer County, Lauderdale County and Ridgely in Lake County.


New Life Union Mission came into existence and incorporated on October 16, 1961 as a result of a group of volunteers becoming concerned with meeting the needs of those less fortunate. The original and still the legal name of the Mission is Dyersburg Union Mission. The name Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission was added in 1981, and the name New Life Union Mission was added in 2013 in order to be more representative as the Mission continued to expand its ministry footprint into Lauderdale County and other surrounding communities. The Mission was started to meet the needs of providing food, Bible studies for adults, youth programs, Christmas food baskets, Christmas toys for children, clothing, and household items, all for individuals and families in need.

Halls Union Mission, a satellite ministry thrift store, was established in Halls in 1987 to meet the needs of people from Halls and Gates.  New Life Union Mission South Lauderdale Ministry Center Thrift Store was started in Ripley in 2014 in response to a community request to help meet needs of people from Ripley and Henning.

For over 50 years the Mission has continued to grow and expand in the effort to meet needs in our area. We are currently in a self-review to look at the priority of needs to be met and how the Mission can best provide ministries to effectively meet those needs.

Contact Us

Main Campus and Administrative Offices
New Life Union Mission Dyersburg-Dyer County
213 West Cedar Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
P O BOX 179
Dyersburg, TN 38025

Main: (731) 285-0726
Hidden Treasures Thrift Store: (731) 285-0726  | Press 4 and ask for Hidden Treasures
Mission Thrift Store: (731) 285-0726 | Press 4

Our Thrift Stores at all locations are open Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for sales and to receive donations of goods. Call for holiday hours.

New Life Union Mission South Lauderdale-Ripley
327 Cleveland Street
Ripley, TN 38063
Assistance or Appointments: (731) 285-0726
Thrift Store:(731) 221-1777

New Life Union Mission Halls-Gates
500 South Church Street
Halls, TN 38040
Assistance or Appointments: (731) 285-0726
Thrift Store: (731) 836-7079


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Neal Chatham

Executive Director
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Kathey Hicks

Donations Receipts (Mon-Wed-Fri)
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Mark Loftin

Mission Youth Center Director
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Andy Parker

Camp Director & Assistant Youth Center Director
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Betty Smith

Administrative Assistant / Financial Secretary
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Debbie Loftin

Assistance Programs Staff
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Brad Archer

Assistance Programs Staff
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Kay Dunevant

Community Cafe' Cook & Mission Youth Center After-School Staff
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Susie Collier

Mission Youth Center After-School Staff
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Deborah Shands

Thrift Stores Supervisor
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Ned Lewis

Assistance Programs Director


  • Chairman: Hubert Jones
  • President: Lewis Jenkins
  • 1st Vice President: Rob Kerr
  • 2nd Vice President:
  • 3rd Vice President : Jim Ewell
  • Secretary: Randa Ragan
  • Treasurer: Andrew Harrington

    Board Members

  • Lenita Click
  • Andrew Harrington
  • Jason Ladd
  • Mark Legan
  • Melissa Melton
  • Carrie Newsom
  • Kay Rector
  • Mack Stanley
  • Kay White
  • Lynn Young