All gatherings at CCPV have been put on hold until the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.
IN MEMORY OF JOHN BAKER:
Pastor John Baker, one of the co-founders of Celebrate Recovery® and long-time pastoral leader at Saddleback Church (California), has gone Home to receive his eternal reward and will no doubt be hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
Baker authored several books on addiction and recovery, based on his own experience as a “functioning alcoholic” with a failing marriage, and ultimately finding freedom and recovery through the Christ-centered, 12-step CR ministry (which he founded along with his wife, Cheryl, and Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church).
In a statement posted on Saddleback’s Facebook page Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Kay Warren wrote:
“Thirty years ago John Baker turned the ruins of his life over to Jesus Christ and God transformed him from a driven businessman with an addiction to alcohol, a failing marriage and alienated children to a Christ-follower with a passion to help others with their ‘hurts, habits and hang ups’ through the principles of recovery. “More than 7 million men and women around the world have found hope, a new start, and the God who made them [through] the program he co-founded with his precious wife Cheryl and Rick – Celebrate Recovery. There is simply no way to put into words how I love John and will miss this kind, creative, brilliant and faithful man.”
James Ackerman, president of the national evangelical prison ministry organization Prison Fellowship, said in a statement that the impact of Baker’s “faithful obedience will go on for generations.” Ackerman explained how “God simply put us together at the right time. Celebrate Recovery Inside is now a key component of the Prison Fellowship Academy, and Celebrate Recovery chapters in the community are key partners in the ministry of Angel Tree Christmas.”
On social media, hundreds shared how Baker’s program changed their lives.
“Thank you, John Baker, for the difference you made in my life. You made a remarkable difference in countless lives across the face of the globe, for the glory of HIS kingdom. Prayers for your family, friends, and a great multitude of forever family,” commented one supporter.
Wrote another: “This man has done so much for the hurting people in this world, including me. I have to say I am in shock, but I know he is receiving his reward today in the presence of his King. I appreciate his heart and his obedience to Christ in founding Celebrate Recovery.”
Please keep his family in prayer and may God bless all those who continue to carry the torch of CR!
Official statement from Saddleback Church:
Our Saddleback family unexpectedly lost a giant of the faith this morning. Pastor John Baker served at Saddleback Church for decades — as a volunteer, on staff, as a pastor, and eventually as an elder. He co-founded Celebrate Recovery®, a ministry that has helped millions of people around the world heal from their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. His global impact for God’s kingdom is immeasurable.
We ask that you please keep his wife, Cheryl, their children, Johnny and Jeni Baker, and Laura and Brian Gibney, and all their grandkids in your prayers.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Monday night at Christ’s Church of Prescott Valley. You do not need to be a member of CCPV to attend – however, all participants must be at least 18 years of age. There is no pre-registration or sign up necessary. CR is based on volunteer attendance; therefore you may choose to participate in all that is offered or simply attend the Main Session from 6-7:00 pm. Upon arriving at CCPV, you will be greeted and asked to sign-in. Handouts are provided for the bi-weekly lessons.
CCPV-CR offers a light snack from 5:45 to 6:00 pm (donations accepted), followed by the Main Session with worship and teaching/personal testimony.
Immediately following the Main Session, open-share Small Groups gather from 7:00 to 8:00 pm (women may choose to sit in one of two focus groups: substance abuse or co-dependency). Because CR groups are gender-specific, men will meet downstairs while the women meet in the main auditorium (upstairs). All Group Leaders use the Celebrate Recovery Small Group Guidelines to keep our groups safe.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Pastor Jeff Jackson at PastorJeffCCPV@gmail.com or you may call the church office at (928) 925-9261. Complete details regarding Celebrate Recovery, its history, and its purpose can be found at the Celebrate Recovery website.
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