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Christian Recovery Resource Centers – Worldwide

As of January 1, 2011, this web page will be used in part for publishing contact (and other relevant) information about individuals, groups, and organization which become “Christian Recovery Resource Centers” affiliated with the International Christian Recovery Coalition. Here are our current affiliates. Please contact them if you would like to know about Christian recovery resourcessuch as Christian and Christian-track treatment programs, Christian sober living, Christian Counseling, and Christian recovery fellowshipsin their area (or in their state, in their country, and/or elsewhere in the world through the International Christian Recovery Coalition):

Manna House Ministries, James Moody, President, Jamestown, Tennessee  

(931) 752-7075


New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc., Robert Tucker, Ph.D., President, Huntington Beach, California

(866) 543-3361


Rock Recovery Ministries-ABC Sober Living-Soledad House, David Powers, San Diego, California
David Powers: (619) 925-1879


Recovery Ministry, Golden Hills Community Church, Brentwood, California
c/o David Sadler, 3220 Surmont Drive, Lafayette CA 94549
David Sadler (925 382 6070)


Bruce F, Aspgren, Rocking A. Ministry, Caldwell, Texas
Bruce Aspgren
PO Box 211
Caldwell, Texas 77836-0211


Paul Popiel, A.A. believer, Pacifica, California
504 Manor Drive, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 359 6794


Christian Recovery Resource Center Satellite Office,
Wally Lowe Vero Beach, Florida
7835 1st Street SW. Vero
Beach, FL 32968
Wally Lowe
(O) 772 794 2485; (C) 954 395 2743

Maui Christian Recovery Resource Center Main Office,
Dick B. and Ken B., Kihei, Hawaii
PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837
(C) 808 276 4945

Christian Community Missions,
Chaplain/Pastor Leonard Grubb, Painesville, Ohio
773 Mentor Avenue,
Painesville, Ohio
(C) 216 496 0406


Mark Galligan, A.A. Christian Believer, 13 Telford Road, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
13 Telford Road, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada L9Y545
Office: 705 445 9135
Home: 416 453 6250
MagicJack: 716 240 5243
Skype: mark,galligan1


Robert P. Turner, MD, MSCR
Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Researcher, MIND Research Institute
Basic Science Building, Room 344J
Charleston, SC 29425
Office: 843-792-3307; 843-792-1351
Paging: 843-792-2123
Facsimile: 843-792-3220 or 792-8626


Grant Sharp,
The MiracleTrust, The Spires Center
600 East Bank Road,
Sheffield S2 2AN, England


Roger McDiarmid, A.A. Christian believer, Salesman, Huntington Beach, California
19771 Estuary Lane,
Huntington Beach, California 92646
949 836 4214


Won Way Out Ministries Treatment Center
William Boyles
327 Martin Street
Dover, Delaware 19901
(302) 674-8036


Alcoholics For Christ, Neighborhood Church
Gary Seymour
1001 W. Country Club Lane
Escondido, California 92026


Ken Jones, Pastoral Counselor, Melbourne, Florida
2526 Ventura Circle,
W. Melbourne, FL 32904
1 321 501 2014


Steve Foreman, Runs "Came To Believe" retreats
2211 Lee Road, Suite 100
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 862-5900


The Oasis Recovery Center of Western PA (Oasis Institute)
Dr. Karen A. Plavan, Ph.D., CEO/Executive Director
960 Penn Avenue, Suite 105
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222
412 281 8364


Celebrate A New Life, Bobby Nicholl
Director of Admissions
Celebrate A New Life
27382 Calle Arroyo
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(800) 708-3173


Randall Minchew, StepCloser.Inc, Columbia, Missouri
Randall Minchew (
4001 Meadow Veiw
Columbia, MO 65201


Richard Skolnik, Addiction Counselor Assistant, Nesconset, New York
P.O. Box 955
Nesconset, NY 11767


Jim Gaffney,
former Recovery Pastor Mariners Church, former pharmacist
Current NY CASAC intern & Grad student
obtaining Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy
206 Hilltop Lane
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 598-4957


Tom and Laura Howell
Amazing Grace Fellowship By The Sea
1103 Misty Lea Houston TX 77090
832-971-8997 Telephone
Amazing Grace Fellowship By The Sea

Tom and Laura Howell
900 Meters East of Roxana Central (Ebais) "Solo Gringos"
Cristiano Campmiento ((Direche)) On the right!
Rio Santa Clara River Front Roxana De Guapiles De Pococi De Limon , Costa Rica
011 506 2 763 4972  Telephone


Oroville Church of the Nazarene, Serenity Group
Dale Marsh leader
2238 Monte Vista Avenue, Oroville, California 95966
Dale’s phone: 530 680 2040; and email


James W. Law, a Recovered Christian AA
4430 Center Gate Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78217
210 725 3815,


Wallace E. Camp, Jr., Recovered Christian Businessman,
2 Saint Andrews Lane,
Falmouth, Maine 04105-1139;  
Email: Wally Camp;
(207) 899-4341


Rev. Tylan Dalrymple, confessional Lutheran Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church,
Sunday Worship, Wednesday Bible study, Recovery group centered around
International Christian Recovery Coalition Model,
P. O. Box 31, 1080 Meilahn St. Chetek, WI 54728,
715-924 2552


Rev. Jerry Liversage, Responding Recovery Ministries
Jerry Liversage Ministries, Inc.
Member of Speakers Bureau, International Christian Recovery Coalition
Jerry is the author of
Responding 12 Step Recovery: Responding to the Truth Recovery through Jesus

A Christ-Centered Workbook to support groups and individuals for freedom, deliverance and wholeness from addictions and damaged emotions
Mailing Address: 11245 Mac Nab St.
Garden Grove, California 92841


Christian Recovery Resource Centers
A Project of the International Christian Recovery Coalition
Dick B., Executive Director

Explanation and Purpose

Across the globe today, there are an estimated twenty million alcoholics and drug addicts who don’t know where to turn to get information about, find resources for, and overcome objections to, their seeking the help of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible.

There is no lack of Christian resources for recovery. The “depth” of the resources may be another matter entirely.

There is a relentless opposition to the seeking, mention of, and reliance upon such resources in the recovery arena today. Twelve Step Fellowship members frequently eschew mention of God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, church, and religion. Many among them have swallowed the idea that they can invent their own idea of a “power greater than themselves.” They tend to invent a self-made religion which claims to be “spiritual but not religious.” They frequently espouse the idea that there is a “higher power” that can help. They then go on to claim that this “higher power” can be a tree, a chair, a light bulb, a radiator, Santa Claus, the Great Pumpkin, Something, Somebody—any thing or “power” other than the Creator of the heavens and the earth. They leave their fellowships in droves—some relapsing, some turning to other alternatives, and some actually aligning themselves with some sort of Christian alternative. Even there, they often hear that any Twelve Step recovery effort is contrary to the Bible, dangerous for Christians, and ineffective in result.

Yet there are tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of Christian leaders, afflicted in recovery, and concerned others who want to stick with God. They don’t want to reject fellowships. They want to be healed, forgiven, delivered, loved, empowered, and assured of an everlasting life. They don’t want “manufactured” Christian programs with a spot of prayer, a spot of Bible, unlicensed Christian counselors, or lack of connections with vibrant church activities, dynamic Christian recovery fellowships, and skilled Christian Bible teachers, prayer leaders, and healing experts.

Mothers, brothers, spouses, grandparents, uncles, other relatives, and friends contact us almost daily with messages of bewilderment and despair. They say that they are dealing with an alcoholic or drug addict. They say that afflicted person does not want to quit. They say he is despondent and depressed. They say he gets into endless troubles—criminal, family, child-custody, tax, imprisonment, debt, divorce, and health, even suicide attempts. When asked if there is belief in God and a Christian affiliation, they may yes. But where can they find Christian help!

This plan attempts to provide an effective answer today. 

A Christian Recovery Resource Center Program for Consideration

Dick B.

© 2010 Anonymous. All rights reserved

Suggested Roles You Can Play or Utilize in Whole or in Part

  • Qualifying newcomers: One or more orientation sessions should be provided that insure the newcomer wants to quit drinking and using forever; that insure the newcomer will go to any lengths to do so; and that test the newcomer’s understanding of his problem by having him tell his story, complete something like the Twenty Questions, and declare that he concedes to his innermost self that he is an alcoholic or addict. We believe the program at Rock Recovery in San Diego does this effectively right now.

  • Offering hospitalization/detox/medical supervision for newcomers: Each newcomer should receive medical protection against acute withdrawal dangers, seizures, DT’s, and other physical and mental consequences of extreme abuse. This can be provided by a physician, an ER, a detox center, or a hospital.  Hospitalization was a “must” in early A.A. Yet it is all too frequently overlooked by those in fellowships and programs who would serve others today.

  • Providing personal discipleship or sponsorship for newcomers. This means that, from the beginning, newcomers should be aligned with a recovered, qualified Christian who is on call to help and will show the respective newcomer how to follow the necessary instructions for salvation, recovery, healing, and abundant living. This element is an important ingredient in the Men’s Step groups on Oahu.

  • Offering participation in a real Christian treatment program to newcomers—as an option. This means offering a Christian or “Christian track” treatment program to each newcomer: a program that is affordable and within his financial means; is reasonably long-term;  requires belief in God; requires a decision that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior; and that includes prayer, Bible study, Quiet Time, Christian literature, and daily Christian devotionals. A program that (1) Offers Christian counseling; (2) Provides adequate information about the Christian origins, history, founding, original program, and successes of early A.A.; and (3) Stresses the importance of fellowship with, and witnessing to, others who need help. These elements are fully covered in The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., 2010 (; and “Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery” (

As a caveat, we believe that if the Christian program is diluted by over-emphasis on Twelve Step recovery and the Twelve Steps themselves, it does not prepare the newcomer for what he will encounter “in the rooms” upon his departure—relying upon nonsense gods, admiring undefined “spirituality,” and adopting New Thought lingo.

The foregoing Christian treatment suggestions represent the essence of the original Akron A.A. “Christian fellowship” program of 1935 as it was adapted by Dr. Bob and Sister Ignatia after 1939. Applications today can be found in Salvation Army ARC’s, CityTeam Centers, Calvary Ranch, Dunklin Memorial Church, ABC Sober Living’s Soledad House Recovery Home for Women, and New Life Spirit Recovery, Inc.

  • Offering Christian counseling to newcomers—as an option. This means pointing the newcomer to licensed, certified, Christian counseling, whether it is provided in a Christian treatment program or center, or made available to a newcomer as an adjunct. The Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute trains such counselors, and we will be speaking at their Palm Springs convention this November about this option.

  • Offering a Christian recovery program to newcomers—as an option. This means pointing the newcomer to a Christian recovery program, in place of, or as a follow-up to, a Christian treatment program. Such a long-term recovery program can be conducted as a residential program (like the ones CityTeam and The Soledad House provide); or as a church recovery fellowship (like those of Rock Recovery, Lifelines at The Crossing Church, the Serenity Group of the Oroville Church of the Nazarene); or as a ministry (such that at the Salvation Army outpost in Lahaina, the Men’s Step group in Oahu, the Turning Point Fellowship of the Cornerstone Fellowship—Livermore Campus, and by the James Club Fellowships in Norco, Rancho Cucamonga, and Covina).

This can and should be a hub program which insures that newcomers are given opportunities to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, learn how to study the Bible, join in prayer, seek God’s guidance daily, seek complete healings, and learn how to “take” the Twelve Steps within a biblical perspective such as that used so effectively in Cleveland, Ohio--where the society grew from one group to thirty in a year, achieved a documented 93% success rate, and eventually developed a simple program based on the one established by Clarence Snyder. [For more on the highly-successful, early Cleveland A.A. approach, see the recently published Our A.A. Legacy to the Faith Community: A Twelve-Step Guide for Those Who Want to Believe, by Three Clarence Snyder Sponsee Old-timers and Their Wives. Compiled and Edited by Dick B., 2005.]

  • Holding regular speaker meetings with well-qualified, Christian speakers. We recommend holding weekly or periodic, community-wide, Christian speaker meetings (such as the Friday night Lifelines meeting at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa; the regular meetings held by the Men’s Step Groups in Oahu; and those put on for many years by the Wilson House in East Dorset, Vermont). 

The speakers can include: recovered Christian alcoholics and addicts with long-term success; clergy; physicians, pastoral counselors, business owners, trades-people, lawyers and professionals, educators, treatment center leaders, psychologists, law enforcement and correctional people, coaches, athletes, other celebrities, veterans, military, and bridge-group leaders.

This is not a new idea. It was certainly employed by Bill Wilson as reported in Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age. Speakers at large meetings during A.A.'s early years included Father Edward Dowling, S.J.; The Rev. Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker, Jr.; attorney Bernard B. Smith; Lois Wilson (Bill Wilson’s wife); Dr. W.W. Bauer of the American Medical Association; the psychiatrist Dr. Harry M. Tiebot; Dr. John L. Norris; industrialists Leonard V. Harrison and Henry A. Mielcarek; Dr. Austin MacCormick, Professor of Criminology at University of California; and Treasurer Archie Roosevelt. Present-day Lifelines meetings at The Crossing Church have brought together large crowds of A.A. and N.A. newcomers, folks from treatment programs, and many who belong to The Crossing Church.

  • Requiring (or strongly encouraging) newcomers to attend regularly A.A., N.A., or other Twelve-Step meetings. We recommend encouraging newcomers to participate in these meetings, in company with like-minded believers or sponsors. This is done by ABC Sober Living and other AA-friendly, Bible-friendly, History-friendly centers.

  • Requiring (or strongly encouraging) newcomers to attend regularly a Christian Church, Christian Fellowship, and/or Bible study group. Such participation was recommended in early A.A. and is widely used today in the groups we have surveyed.

  • Providing wholesome, exciting, entertaining, outside activity on a regular basis. We recommend arranging entertaining, challenging, and/or fun affairs with like-minded believers—frequently including family members—events such as the bonfire meetings of Rock Recovery in San Diego; chip meetings at the Lifelines meetings of The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa; the annual retreat of the Men’s Step group on Oahu; sobriety birthday parties, Christian retreats, dances, roundups, picnics, barbecues, sports events, competitive events, movies, plays, water activities, snow activities, hiking, scenic trips, camp-outs, and musical concerts. And we have provided or participated in them all in our own Bible fellowships which were filled with my A.A. sponsees.

  • Providing training for Christian leaders and workers in the recovery arena. We recommend specific training for Christian leaders and workers that explains how a newcomer can be approached, given a significant message about Christian recovery, brought into the foregoing suggested fold, and trained to pass it along to others.

  • Holding a “graduation” ceremony. We recommend honoring those who have completed the training or program, and are ready for the challenge to “go and tell.” This important aspect of early A.A. “Twelfth-stepping,” of early Christianity fellowships, and of present-day evangelism and witnessing should be the linchpin of long-term service to, and glorification of, God and His Son Jesus Christ.;

Gloria Deo

How to become a "Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person"

The "Christian Recovery Resource Centers and Persons" new Participant package includes a "site license" for the "Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery" ("IFCR") class for Groups and Organizations (2010) by Dick B. & Ken B. on four DVD's.

The "site license" for the IFCR class for Groups and Organizations includes:

a. The four IFCR class DVDs (about one hour each);

b. One hard copy of the IFCR Class Guide for Students (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound);

c. One hard copy of the IFCR Class Instructor's Guide (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound); and

d. One hard copy of The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed., by Dick B. and Ken B. (8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound).

The "site license" for the IFCR class for Groups and Organizations also comes with limited reproduction rights for the books in the class--specifically, the right to duplicate one (1) copy per class instructor of: (1) the IFCR Class Instructor's Guide; and (2) The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. In addition, you may reproduce as many copies of the IFCR Class Guide for Students as will be necessary so that each student in any class you personally oversee may have one (1) copy of that Guide.

In addition, the "Christian Recovery Resource Center" new Participant package also includes The Dick B. Handbook for Christian Recovery Resource Centers Worldwide by Dick B. with Ken B. (2011) in 8 1/2" x 11", spiral bound, format.

And we have just added to the new Participant package one (1) complete set of the 29-volume "Dick B. Christian Recovery Reference Set"--a $672.55 value (i.e., the total of the full retail list prices of each of the 29 volumes in the Reference Set), at no extra charge!

Finally, the new Participant package includes a free case (box) of a title by Dick B. that you may use for free distribution or for resale to support your Christian recovery work. [While supplies last!]

There is a one-time-only donation of $500.00 required to become a "Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person."

To become a “Christian Recovery Resource Center or Person” or for further information, please contact Ken B. on his cell phone at 1-808-276-4945 or by email at

Finally: We regard our role in this whole project as one of stimulating, consulting on, facilitating, and establishing networks of service that will emphasize and provide the role, need, and proximity of Christian recovery help throughout the world. Our job will be to inform. We will not set standards on, endorse, or attempt to control what you do. Much of what we have learned in the last 20 years of researching, meeting, speaking, and publishing has come through the help of others. And we want to make available to the Christian recovery arena as much of our findings and materials as we have been able to gather.

If you want to ask questions, make suggestions, obtain further information, or discuss this plan—prior to your signing on—please feel to contact Dick B.:; 808 874 4876; PO Box 837, Kihei, HI 96753-0837; or Ken B. at 808 276 4945.

Gloria Deo

International Christian Recovery Coalition
c/o Dick B.
P.O. Box 837
Kihei, Hawaii
Ph/fax: (808) 874-4876


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