Grace & Recovery

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 refers 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.


About Dr. Terry Ellis

Recovery Ministry Coordinator for First United Methodist Church

Prior to becoming an interventionist, Dr. Ellis served as pastor of six churches over his 34 year career. He holds a doctorate in Greek, a Masters 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 as the beginning of recovery. His passion is to help addicts, alcoholics, and their families get well.


Some Words From Dr. Terry Ellis

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

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:

  • Tuesdays at 10:30 AM, Adult Building, Room 112 – Principles, Promises & Prayers for Women
  • Tuesdays at noon, Adult Building, Room 112 – Came to Believe
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 PM, Adult Building, Room 117 – Wednesday Night ABSI- Reopened
  • Thursdays at noon, Adult Building, Room 112 – Came to Believe Book
  • Friday at 8:00 PM

 

What is Al-Anon?

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.

Al-Anon meetings at FUMC:

  • Mondays | 12:00-1:00 PM | Adult Building, Room 113