Next Step Recovery began in a small church in Burbank, CA. It was a small group of men and women who were in recovery and also believers and followers of Christ Jesus. We gathered for fellowship, prayer, study and 12 step discussions.
As I met with others who attended 12 step conventions, events, and meetings, the deep calling began to manifest into a wider vision. It was clear that we needed a place that we could attend for our personal growth and for genuine koinonia fellowship, a place of unity, prayer and worship.
We began working on our first retreat in 2009 which was held at The Oaks Camp and Conference Center in Lake Hughes, CA in 2010. Since that time we have witnessed miraculous healings, people discovering a God who loves and accepts them, people being set free from years of abuse, addiction, bondage, shame, and torment. As of today there have been well over 100 people who are now secure in their destiny. Believers in Recovery holds to the vision that was given as a gift from God honoring all things from Him in great humility.
We continue striving to keep Next Step a safe haven for those who struggle with addiction and for those who are continuing in their recovery ranging from 1 day to over 40 years of complete abstinence and recovery.
Our mission is one of reaching the lost, broken, outcast, and hopeless, but also to continue to encourage those in recovery with various years of abstinence who may be new in their life of faith. Regardless of length of recovery or background, all are welcome.
Jesus Christ is the same… yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
After Sam was in pastoral ministry for 5 years he became a psychotherapist and has been in the recovery field for 30+ years dealing with addicts and their partners. He has been on staff with Resurrected Life Ministry for over 20 year that integrates inner healing with discipleship. He has been a guest lecturer at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA and doing workshops such as Every Man’s Battle and Ultimate Intimacy Marriage with New Life Radio Ministry.
Raymond has launched a church planting movement in New York City. Appointed by Missions Door just days before the 9/11 attack, he already planted Lighthouse Community Church in Brooklyn and has plans for several other congregations on the drawing board.
In 2010 it was discovered that two pastors in Brooklyn NY had a church (Recovery House of Worship) R.H.O.W. and that their focus was also ministering to addicts in 12 step recovery. After several meetings and much prayer Mario began to Pastor RHOW’s first church plant in So. Cal. “Recovery House of Worship So. Cal.”