Grace and Recovery

Hope, information, and a way to move forward
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About Dr. Terry Ellis

Recovery Ministry Coordinator for First United Methodist Church

Before becoming an interventionist, Dr. Ellis served as pastor of six churches over his 34+-year career. He holds a doctorate in Greek, a Master’s in Biblical studies, and a B.A. in Psychology. He’s authored many commentaries, articles, and biblical studies, and his blog, GraceWaves, has a wide audience.

And he nearly lost his life to alcoholism.

For more than three decades Dr. Ellis has stepped into the chaos of people’s lives to try and bring them direction and peace. Through addiction, he entered his own chaos, then began his recovery when someone said “we need to get you well.” He believes in the vital importance of intervention at the beginning of recovery. His passion is to help addicts, alcoholics, and their families get well.

Welcome to the Recovery Ministry of First United Methodist Church!

If you are looking at this page then you likely are in a very confusing, frightening, maddening, or apparently hopeless situation and don’t know where to turn. We’re here to help you. No one is beyond help or hope!

The purpose of the Recovery Ministry of First United Methodist Church is to give addicted individuals* and their families hope, information, and a way to move forward to address the addiction and its impact on the entire family.

You will find information here on addiction, intervention, and recovery. Click on the dropdown tabs. We’ve also produced some videos designed to give you information and hope!

For any questions, or if you are ready to move forward with a compassionate and effective intervention for your loved one, call Dr. Terry Ellis directly at (225) 405-0797.

*Addicted individuals refer to people who have a substance use disorder related to alcohol, opioids, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonipin, etc.), inhalants. It also refers to people with process addictions to eating, gambling, sex, work, or any compulsive behavior that interferes with their lives and relationships.

Learn More About Addiction and Recovery

Some Words From Dr. Terry Ellis

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?


What is Al-Anon?


Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at FUMC:

  • Principles, Promises & Prayers for Women – Tuesdays at 10:30 – Adult Building, Room 107
  • Came To Believe – Tuesdays at 12:00 PM – Adult Building, Room 112
  • Wednesday Night ABSI – Wednesdays at 6:30 PM – Adult Building, Room 117 
  • Came To Believe – Thursdays at 12:00 PM – Adult Building, Room 112

If you are looking for another time to meet for a meeting, please visit the website below:

Greater Baton Rouge Area Central Office

Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

If you are looking for an Al-Anon meeting, please visit the website below:

Baton Rouge Al-Anon