When I came to Gaylord E-Free Church in 2007, I came with 32 years of full time ministry that included the youth pastorate, 10+ years of ministry with troubled families with struggling adolescents in residential settings, and 20+ years of professional Biblical counseling (including coordinating 4 counseling centers, with 6 1/2 years of these in a local church).
My defined ministry vision has always emphasized the Biblical concept of “one another”, consequently the naming of my position as “ Director of Counseling & One Another Ministries” was natural when I came to Gaylord.
Within a few months of my start at E-Free a young man with a history of addictions and involvement with A.A. and N.A. approached me about the starting of a recovery ministry. I clarified that I was not looking for a ministry that only focused on drugs and alcohol. My years of ministry experience made me sure that the truth of God’s Word is equally applicable to all seeking to experience hope and freedom from life’s struggles.
In 2008 we launched a nationally recognized Christian recovery ministry that was designed for people with all sorts of life struggles, including chemical and behavioral addictions. For 10 years I taught their material, integrating A.A.’s 12 steps with their 8 Biblical recovery principles.
In 2013, I completed a 30-hour American Association of Christian Counselors certificate training in Addiction and Recovery which complimented 30 hours are had completed in my early years of ministry.
Gradually, I felt led of God to build off what I had learned and to create a new independent ministry and in the winter of 2017, I took a step of faith and began to overhaul the entire ministry. In 2018, we officially named it Compassionate Recovery. It focuses on bruises, brokenness, and bondages that I felt would more completely help people understand:
• What God designed people to be in the beginning
• What happened to that design because of the Fall
• How to identify personal obstacles to experiencing joy & freedom in 9 specific areas
• 10 Biblical principles to move them from where they are closer to where God wants them to be
• Ways to protect self from going back to old ways
• How to use what they have learned to help others
Thank you for taking time to explore our Compassionate Recovery webpage. For more detailed information see column at right.
Founder/Director Compassionate Recovery