I am a grateful believer and follower of Jesus Christ who came to recovery 27 years ago under the lash of alcohol. For many years I attended a traditional recovery program where I was able to put aside my alcohol abuse and gain some sanity in my life. As my spiritual awareness grew I began to realize there was something missing in my recovery and I started searching for the missing pieces. I went through several studies with my long-time sponsor which proved beneficial but were still not what I was seeking. Then, in the midst of a crushing family crisis, I realized that the missing part was my relationship with Christ. I made a decision to turn my will and my life over to Him and began to pray for knowledge of His will for me.
I was introduced to Celebrate Recovery in early 2011 and began working with others to establish a CR group at my home church in Enterprise, Alabama. I attended my first Summit in August of that same year. That experience was life-changing for me and I knew then what my recovery was missing. I learned what I needed to do to get back on track. For the first time in my life I felt like I belonged- that I was at home. Today I serve as a CR Ministry Leader at that same church.
Two years later I helped start another CR ministry in a nearby city. I walked with them through the startup period and then for the first year leading a men’s step study. Through this I began to truly realize that, in order for me to “keep it” I had to “give it away”. This realization led me to answer the call to take the message inside.
For the past three years I have been blessed to lead a CR Inside team inside Holmes Correctional Institute near Bonifay, Florida. Once again my life has been changed in a profound way. Inside and Outside I have experienced that peace “that passes all understanding.” I have been blessed to have new volunteers go inside with us to gain experience to take CR Inside to other prisons.
Thank you for the honor of letting me serve as your CR Inside Team Lead SE Region