Our guest today is Jeff M., Executive Director of Overcomers Outreach, Inc.--a Christian Twelve Step Bridge Group with headquarters in Whittier, California. These are very exciting days for us at Christian Recovery Radio because--in addition to the many Christian recovery leaders and workers that we have interviewed up to this point--we are being deluged with new faces, new energies, and new growth in the International Christian Recovery Coalition. This includes the role of God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Bible in recovery in all 50 states and in other countries. But our connection with Overcomers Outreach, Inc., is seasoned and long-standing. We're delighted to have Jeff here today.
Bob Bartosch and his wife Pauline organized Overcomers Outreach as a Christian recovery bridge group. They published a guidebook; they worked tirelessly to help alcoholics, addicts, and those with other life-controlling problems seek, find, and receive God's help. And I (Dick B.) was privileged to speak at one of their large conferences in Southern California. And then Bob passed away. However, Pauline was determined to keep the embers glowing.
In October 2008, she introduced Jeff to Ken and me at our conference in Pasadena, CA. Pauline reported that they had Jeff as a great, new director. And since then, we've seen nothing but vibrant service that glorifies God among the addicted and those affected by addiction.
Jeff will tell us about his upbringing, family, education, religious background, Twelve Step work, and activities in moving Overcomers Outreach back into a center place in the arena of the Christian Recovery Movement. Also a bit about his addiction experience. We hope to hear about the many new events and outreach efforts that are characterizing Overcomers Outreach today--including their new guidebook.
Take it away, Jeff