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Dick B interviews Christian Recovery leader Dale Marsh

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Dale Marsh is a former Oroville, California businessman. He is married, has two children, and used to run a Tile business that sported facades on some Sacramento, California landmarks. But Dale and his family are devoted Christians. Dale, on the other hand, had his rough days with alcoholism. But he prevailed over the malady a good many years ago. He dived into Alcoholics Anonymous. And he also heavily aligned himself with his Christian church. But there was more to it than that.

 

Dale believed he had a calling to become a pastoral counselor. And Dale put the same energy into that project as he had done with his drinking and his church. He closed his business. He persuaded his pastor to let him begin working with drunks and bringing them to God through Jesus Christ, but in the backdrop of the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and of the Fellowship itself. And he has sponsored many an AA in Christian recovery in A.A.

 

Dale petitioned his pastor to let him become a recovery pastor—a position yet to be established. In the Christian recovery fellowship field, he made about the best choices a novice zealot could make. He traveled to Southern California and met with two young, married, Christian recovery leaders at two very large and dynamic churches.

 

The first church was Rock Church in San Diego. David Powers, a Christian businessman, heads its Rock Recovery Ministry program. David has fashioned a Christian recovery program that includes orientation of each newcomer to recovery, Bible study, A.A. meetings, church attendance, probable residential Christian living quarters, a recovery bonfire gathering each week, daily Christian fellowship, and daily texting among the group of meditation thoughts and reflections based on the early A.A. devotional—the Upper Room.

Dick B. was next. Then Randy Moraitis of The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa.

 

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