Author: dggerhart


Billy Graham laid to rest in simple casket built by Louisiana inmates – CNN

Billy Graham laid to rest in simple casket built by Louisiana inmates – CNN


Long Range Dates to Remember…

A list of upcoming events to think about attending:

CR Training Conference in Gig Harbor on March 10th.

CRI Quarterly (held in that same area), at the Trinity Church in Tacoma, April 7th.

Next, we are headed to Redmond, OR on July 7th with a Quarterly for those on the central & eastern side of Oregon.

Then we’re bringing the Quarterly to Eugene on October 6th at the Crossfire Church.

Next stop will be February in Salem

The Quarterly will return to Portland in April, 2019.

Thank you all for your dedication, integrity & energy!

In Christ we are strong,

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead

‘Creating a bridge fromthe correctional CR to
the community CR.’

The NW CRI team is being hosted by Trinity Church CR in Tacoma, WA ( for our next Quarterly on April 7th. This will be a excellent opportunity for those in & around Tacoma to plug in to the most exciting ministry in America. Bring your community CR leadership teams because the CR Inside starts & ends at the community CR group & we need your involvement! Put April 7th at the CRI Quarterly on your calendar today.. questions? contact Richard ‭(253) 222-4749 or Nicole (503) 793-2177

Our last Quarterly on Feb 3rd at Horizon Church in Sherwood, OR was another amazing time of fellowship, encouragement, & enlightenment for those involved in this outreach. God knows His own, some of them are in a jail or prison cell today, CRI volunteers have answered His call to visit the incarcerated & invite them to join us. This is a ministry for the sincerely action-orientated CR person, those recovered in Christ who understand how important taking the CR program into the correctional setting is to the inmate & their family. But also as important is the person at the community CR group, who can reach out to the spouse & children of the prisoner & welcome them into our ‘forever family’! CR Inside is an local outreach, a local mission, of the Celebrate Recovery ministry & is wholly made up of CR members who are consistently attending a CR group, serious about their Christ centered recovery, & taking responsibility to help others in need.

We’ve attached a flyer for the April 7th CRI Quarterly in Tacoma, WA. Please get this to whoever at your CR group does the copying & see that a few copies are put out on your literature table. Also, if during Large Group an announcement could be made that would be awesome.. thank you for serving & walking in recovery today.

In Christ,

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead

Nicole Antis
CRI Rep, Washington
(503) 793-2177

Richard Moody
CRI Rep, Washington
(253) 222-4749

Scott Patterson
CRI Rep, Oregon
(541) 848-8419

Dan Kelly
CRI Rep, Oregon
(503) 871-8382

Angie Kelly
CRI Rep, Oregon
(503) 269-0899

‘Creating a bridge from the correctional CR
to the community CR.’

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 4/7/2018
Trinity Church of Pierce County
4041 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA 98409

CR OneDay Seminars:
Dallas, TX 3/3/18
Seattle, WA 3/10/18
Atlanta, GA 4/14/18
Washington DC 4/21/18
Lansing, MI 5/19/18

East Coast Summit 7/11-13/2018
West Coast CR Summit 8/8-10/2018

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:

Alert! Quarterly Meeting Date Moved

Since the CR Training Event (OneDay) in Brentwood, CA was confirmed for January 27th, we needed to change our date for the Quarterly so as not to distract from their promotion & attendance. We just received confirmation from Horizon that we can have our Quarterly at the Sherwood campus on February 3rd. So the location is the same, 22240 SW Washington St, Sherwood, OR 97140, & the times are the same 10am to 3:30pm (doors open at 8am for set-up), but the date is now Saturday, February 3, 2018.

I hope that this is going to work for everyone, it’s been quite the challenge this time landing on a venue & date but we’re finally done with that part, & can now go ‘full speed ahead’ to promote this event & plan for the best Quarterly ever!

Here’s a new / updated flyer…  Sorry for the inconvenience if you’ve already had flyers made with the old date, but make sure that if you did, to pick them all up & throw them away!!

CRIQ 2-3-18

Oregon / Washington CR Meeting List

Use the search this site function to locate a city:




Albany First Assembly of God
Tuesday 6 PM
Butch Weikel (541) 409-1989
2817 Santiam Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97321

Aloha Church of God
Friday 7:00 PM
Cindy Statham (503) 336-0598
18380 SW Kinnaman, Aloha, OR 97007


Family Life Center CR
Tuesday 6:15pm
Cliff Cole (541) 523-9845
1250 Hughes Lane, Baker City, OR.

Westside Community Church
Thursday 7:00 PM
Steve Jordan (503) 649-1858
Doug Litchfield CRI (503) 754-5302
18390 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007

Westside Church
Thursday 6:30 PM
Faith Seals (541) 815-9043
2051 NW Shevlin Pk Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Faith Christian Center
Monday 6:30 PM
Bill Morgon (541) 977-8322
1049 NE 11th St, Bend, OR 97701

Good Shepherd Community Church
Friday 6:00 PM
Linda Wall (503) 784-2063
28986 SE Haley Rd, Boring, OR 97009

Brookings Church Of the Nazarene
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Phillip Nelson (541) 469-2571
1600 Chetco Ave, Brookings, OR 97415

Burns Foursquare
Friday 6:00 PM
Linda Looney (541) 589-1461
74 South Alvord , Burns, OR 97738

Christmas Valley
Christmas Valley Community Church
Monday 6:30 PM
Sherry Chamberlain (541) 576-4509
87921 Co Highway 5-14, Christmas Valley, OR 97641

Coos Bay
Bay Area Foursquare Church
Monday 6:00 PM
Ed & Becky Schurman (541) 297-8152
466 Donnelly St, Coo’s Bay, OR 97420

Coquille Valley CR
Thursday 6:45 PM
Bill Howell (541) 252-1931
1546 N. Hemlock St, Coquille, OR 97423

Cottage Grove
Calvary Chapel
Friday 6:30 PM
Harvey R Epperson (541) 520-8071
1447 N Hwy 99, Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Crooked River Ranch
Ranch Chapel
Monday 6:30 PM
Jack Baldwin (541) 504-0490
5060 SW Club House Rd, CRR, OR 97760

Dallas Evangelical
Sunday 5:00 PM
Daniel Keller (503) 949-5090
Calvin Rhoades CRI (971) 209-5972
Katie Longshore CRI (541) 401-4703
783 SW Church St, Dallas, OR 97338

Dayton Christian Church
Thursday 6:30 pm
Rudy & Traci Rameriz (971) 241-3684
520 Church St, Dayton, OR 97114

Gateway Family Fellowship
Saturday 6:00 PM
James Most (541) 510-3982
337 C St, Drain, OR 97435

Eagle Point
Trail Christian Fellowship
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Paige Harrison (541) 821-0459
18881 Highway 62, Eagle Point, OR 97524

DaySpring Fellowship
Thursday 6:30 PM
Ray Preston (541) 556-9597
1580 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404

Awakening Church
@ Eugene 1st Church of the Nazarene
Monday 6:30 PM
Janet Striano & Wayne Keepers (541) 221-3243
727 Madison St, Eugene, OR 97402

Florence Christian Church
Friday 6:30 PM
Chuck Weinert (541) 999-4606
2nd & Ivy St., Florence, OR 97439

Forest Grove
Forest Grove Assembly of God
Friday 6:00 PM
Kenny & Tami Flaig (503) 357-6223
Andrea Bolyard CRI (503) 716-0793
1523 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Grants Pass
Church of the Valley
Thursday 6:30 PM
Dennis Webber (541) 479-2639
229 NE Beacon Dr, Grants Pass, OR 97526

Pathway Church Gresham
Monday 6:15 PM
David Applin (541) 667-1515
Sara Edmond CRI (541) 667-1515
3848 NE Division, Gresham, OR 97030

Grace Community Church
Tuesday 6:00 PM
Clifford Stein (503) 459-9676
800 SE Hogan Rd, Gresham, OR 97080

Resound Church
Tuesday 7 PM
Tony Campbell (971) 732-2355
1400 NE 48th Ave #100, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Hood River
Hood River Alliance Church
Tuesday 6:30 PM
John Blosser (507) 820-0871
2650 Montello Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

Jefferson Evangelical Church
Wednesday 7:00 PM
James Grimm (503) 917-9682
552 N 2nd St, Jefferson, OR 97352

La Grande
Southside of Heaven Foursquare
Tuesday 7:00 PM
Jeffery Forbes (541) 963-8063
211 Fir St., La Grande, OR 97850

La Pine
Grace Fellowship Church
Friday 6:30 PM
Pastor Richard Lighthill (541) 536-2878
15971 Mountain View Ln., La Pine, OR 97739

High Lakes Christian Church
Thursday 6:30PM
Pastor Leif Ford (541) 579-0819
52620 Day Rd., La Pine, OR 97739

Southside Church of Christ
Friday 7:00 PM
Bob White (541) 258-7893
196 Airport Rd., Lebanon, OR 97355

Free Methodist Church
Monday 6:00 PM
Angel Christman (541) 409-2347
580 F St, Lebanon, OR 97355

Lincoln City
Faith Baptist Church
Tuesday 6:00 PM
Teresa Phaff (541) 994-9106
5750 N Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367

Adventure Christian Church
Monday 6:30 PM
Robin Windsor (503) 883-1285
2831 NE Newby St., McMinnville, OR 97128

The Church on the Hill
Friday 6:30 PM
Chrissy Davis (503) 472-8476 ext 208
Cory Davis CRI (503) 857-6378)
Toby Smith CRI (503) 939-1010
700 N Hill Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128

Set Free Christian Fellowship
Thursday 6:30 PM
Daryl Anderst (541) 773-4004
1032 W Main St, Medford, OR 97504

Journey Church
Monday 6:30 PM
John Sanders (541) 292-6675
2399 S Pacific Hwy, Medford 97501

Foothills Community Church
Friday 6:00 PM
Roger & Gloria Brinkley (503) 810-1697
122 Grange St, Molalla, OR 97038

Praise Assembly Church
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Len Roe (503) 999-6309
189 Monmouth Ave. S., Monmouth, OR 97361

Myrtle Point
New Beginnings Church
Friday 6:00 PM
Joe Hanks (541) 290-2480
1121 Bothwick St, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

Christian Life Fellowship
Monday 6:00 PM
Rudy Espino (208) 863-8207
366 SE 5th St, Ontario, OR 97914

Oregon City
Hilltop Community Church
Thursday 7:00 PM
Mike Cross (503) 867-3157
592 Molalla Ave, Oregon City, OR 97045

Oregon City Church Of The Nazarene
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Dan Bangle (503) 730-5057
Cathy Price (971) 533-4171
716 Taylor St., Oregon City, OR 97045

Pendleton First Assembly of God
Thursday 6:30 PM
Maria Carney (541) 276-6417
1911 SE Court St., Pendleton, OR 97801

Philomath Community Church
Thursday 6:15 PM
Barbara Schnake (541) 760-8210
145 N 14th St, Philomath, OR 97370

Sunnyside Church of the Nazarene
Friday 6:30 PM
Brian Marti CRI (503) 806-1761
10401 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97086

Midway Christian Church
Monday 7:00 PM
Jon Pifer (503) 761-2660
2546 SE 131st Ave, Portland, OR 97236

AS IS at Kern Park Church
Monday 6:30 PM
Pete Mandal (971) 678-8655
Brian Marti CRI (503) 806-1761
6828 SE Holgate Blvd, Portland, 97206

Cedar Mill Bible Church
Tuesday 7 PM
Judy Haggin 503-644-3156 ext. 305
12208 NW Cornell Rd., Portland, 97229

AS IS Church
Saturday 6:00PM
Tara Mandal (971) 678-8655
Brian Marti CRI (503) 806-1761
740 SE 182nd Ave, Portland, 97233

Port Orford
First Community Church
Saturday 6:00 PM
Eric Carter (541) 297-4487
2025 Jackson St, Port Orford, OR 97465

Redmond Assembly of God
Wednesday 7:00 PM
Sharon Weldin (541) 325-3853
Gil & Chandra Billy CRI (503) 430-9339
1865 W. Antler Ave., Redmond, OR 97756

Highland Baptist Church
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Tom Schnell 541-821-1046
3100 SW Highland Ave, Redmond, OR 97756

Redmond Christian Church
Friday 7:00 PM
Linda Lew (541) 350-7418
536 SW 10th St, Redmond, OR 97756

Rockaway Beach
St Mary’s by the Sea
Wednesday 5:30 PM
Steve Bloom (503) 318-2370
275 S. Pacific St, Rockaway Beach, OR 97136

CR @ Redeemers
Wednesday 6:30 PM
Mauro Cettina (541) 671-0534
3161 West Harvard, Roseburg, OR 97470

Church On The Rise
Thursday 6:30PM
Jeremy Grammond (541) 784-5072
3500 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR 97470

Bethany Baptist Church
Friday 6:00 PM
Connie Murphy (503) 753-4917
1150 Hilfiker Ln SE, Salem, OR 97302

Morning Star Community Church
Tuesday 6:30 PM
Larry Courtain (503) 931-6492
Joyce Howarth CRI (503) 580-3714
4775 27th Ave SE, Salem, OR 97301

Salem First Church of the Nazarene
Sunday 6:00 PM
Becky Fink (503) 269-8542
1550 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Grace Baptist Church
Monday 6:00 PM
Kathy McClarty (503) 585-2667
4197 State St., Salem, OR 97301

N Coast Family Fellowship Church
Thursday 6:30 PM
Heidi Haney / Becky Wayne (503) 738-7453
2245 N. Wahanna, Seaside, OR 97138

Horizon Comm Church
Monday 6:00PM
Todd Tomlinson (503) 347-2261
Kent Bowen CRI (503) 635-1653
22240 SW Washington St, Sherwood, OR 97140

Crossfire Outreach International
Thursday 7:00 PM
Jay Scheele (541) 600-5849
942 28th St, Springfield, OR 97477

Sweet Home
Corner Stone Fellowship
Friday 6:00 PM
Derek Ader (541) 971-2243
1234 Long St, Sweet Home, OR 97386

The Dalles
Covenant Christian Community
Thursday 7:00 PM
Mackenzie McGinnis (541) 965-9075
2630 E 18th St., The Dalles, OR 97058

Tillamook Church of the Nazarene
Tuesday 5:30 PM
David Westmark (503) 842-2549
2611 Third St, Tillamook, OR 97141

Toledo Foursquare Church
Monday 6:30 PM
Pat & Jane McKern (541) 272-7895
1803 NW Lincoln Way, Toledo, OR 97391

Rolling Hills Community Church
Wednesday 6:30 PM
Paul Van Fossan (503) 888-4461
Paul Arro CRI (503) 853-5308
3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062
Community Presbyterian Church
Thursday 6:00 PM
Jerry Grady (541) 961-3670
485 Bay St., Waldport, OR 97394

West Linn
New Life Church
Friday 6:30 PM
Mike Polley (503) 656-8600
1984 McKillican St., West Linn, OR 97068

Winston Assembly of God
Sunday 6:00 PM
Ted Johnson (541) 900-0627
360 Darrell Ave, Winston, OR 97496

Reminder: NW CRI Quarterly October 7th in Salem

Hey Forever Family,

Today is really a change of seasons beginning to the week, cool temp, rain & thunder too.. anyway we all hope you are doing well, that you’ve made it through a long hot, smokey summer! In just a couple of weeks, on Saturday, October 7th, the CRI Quarterly will take place & be a valuable encouragement for all who are there! We will be hosted at the Salem First  Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market St NE, starting at 10AM. This is a FREE event, light lunch is included, & newcomers are welcome.. anyone who would like to learn about CRI is welcome.

The CRI team is arranging for another jam-packed event & are asking you to promote the Quarterly at your community CR group this week. You will find a flyer attached to this email, so please make copies for your literature table our forward the email to whoever makes copies for your CR group. Also, ask the Ministry Leader to announce the event during Large Group & let everyone know about the flyers.. thank you in advance for doing this!

Nationally CRI is facilitating the forming of a CRI team in each community CR, we will be covering all the details at the Quarterly. CRI isn’t only for those taking CR into the jail or prison but for support at the community group for those transitioning & their families!!  All community CR TEAM members especially are strongly encouraged to attend.

10-7-17 Quarterly Flyer

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead

Nicole Antis
CRI Rep, Washington
(503) 793-2177

Scott Patterson
CRI Rep, Oregon
(541) 848-8419

Dan Kelly
CRI Rep, Oregon
(503) 871-8382

Angie Kelly
CRI Rep, Oregon
(503) 269-0899

‘Creating a bridge from the correctional CR
to the community CR.’

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 8/26/2017
Salem 1st Church of the Nazarene
1550 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301

CR OneDay Seminars:
Fort Wayne, IN 9/23/2017
Fayetteville, AR 10/7/2017
Myrtle Beach, SC 10/21/2017
New Wilmington, PA 11/4/2017
Orlando, FL 11/18/2017

East Coast Summit 7/2018
West Coast CR Summit 8/8-10/2018

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:

Name Changes to Facebook for CRI

The scope of coverage for our Facebook page has been revised to reflect the regional footprint.  Which is the Pacific Northwest.

Celebrate Recovery OR-WA has been renamed to Celebrate Recovery NW.

And so also, the user handle has been updated from @CRIOregon to @CRINorthWest.

The changes are fresh this morning and we trust everyone will have no trouble adopting them!

See you at the quarterly October 7th.  We’ll discuss everything in detail then!

Praise Report from DRCI

Scott Patterson, Oregon State Rep for Celebrate Recovery Inside shares this praise report:

Sunday June 25th we had our CRI meeting at DRCI and hosted Dusty Marshall  (Irregular4Christ). We blew the roof off the Chapel with his Hip Hop Style of bringing Glory to the Father with over 100 men in attendance. Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag teamed the

Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag-teamed the altar-call with many new faces – at least 60 fellows we have not seen before – coming to know Jesus and others making recommitments to the LORD.

We had a great time praying for the men and their new walk with God. Not living life looking through the rear view mirror any longer, but rising above their situations and circumstances to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1

Less than Four Weeks Until the CRI Quarterly Meeting July 8th in Salem!

Hello Washington & Oregon CR Inside Friends!

Since we’re now only one month away from the CRI Quarterly, on Saturday July 8th, we wanted to make sure the word gets out to everyone. We’ve attached a flyer which can be copied & available on your group’s literature table. Please help us to make this the best attended Quarterly yet, we’ve moved further south down the I-5 corridor to have the larger venue at the Salem Nazarene Church, 1550 Market St NE.

We start at 10am sharp, so come early at 9:30am for coffee & donuts.. this is a free meeting.

Over the last few months we’ve seen several new correctional groups start-up both in Washington & Oregon. At our community CR’s, many dedicated members are interested in coming alongside those re-entering their group, hopefully including their families too, our Quarterly helps prepare these community CR group’s CRI Teams in many ways. Of course, everyone involved in CR will benefit by their attendance & is certainly encouraged join in with us as we build this important mission into our local prisons & jails. Also remember, many who have a related ministry, counseling service, or organization focused on the incarcerated & those in the process of transition, will benefit by attending on July 8th. So spread the word to all those you know who might have an interest!


  • Worship by the ‘Lost & Found’
  • Reports from all the areas correctional CR groups
  • Two inspiring testimonies
  • Free light lunch
  • Ample Q&A session
  • Much more!

Remember our Quarterly is open to anyone who has an interest in the CRI ministry both inside our correctional facilities & at the community CR working with men & women transitioning back home, everyone is welcome!

We’re asking you to be in prayer for all those participating as they ready themselves & make their preparations, in Christ. More info will be sent out over the next few weeks, but don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

7_8 CRI Quarterly Flyer

Reality Check – An Inmate message to CR/CRI

In 2007 I committed a felony that resulted in my incarceration and the requirement to register each year with the Oregon State Police.

I received an 18-month sentence and 5 years probation. I served 12 months before being released with “good time” and truly believed that I was a different person who would never again end up in prison.

However, I found myself severely unprepared for life under supervision. What ended my probation was what my probation officer termed “a lie by omission.” The officer claimed that if I had only come to him admitting my strong temptation toward pornography, he would have worked with me and helped me steer clear of that constant stumbling block.


Part of me was relieved — at least in prison I had no probation officer to report to. However, because my particular felony attracted great animosity by a majority of the prison population, I was concerned that my second incarceration would be extremely difficult.

Since my probation came with a 5-year “downward departure” stipulation, this imprisonment would not be a short stretch like my first one. I could accumulate good time, but would still be looking at a minimum of 3 ½ years. For someone who had never done any time other than the previous 12-month term, several years seemed like an eternity.

The prison I was housed in had recently started a Celebrate Recovery Inside meeting.  I heard nothing but praise for this program from the Chaplain.  So I decided to check it out, although I felt intimidated by the CRI Meeting Leader. I had been incarcerated for a little over 3 of the 3 ½ years and had been threatened by others more than once. The inmates who threatened me believed their crimes to be somehow “better” or “less worthy” of punishment.

Downward departure is a term used in criminal law to refer to departing downward from the applicable sentencing guideline range for a statutory minimum sentence. A request for downward departure is typically made by motion and is often referred to as a downward motion. Downward Departure Law and Legal Definition | USLegal, Inc.

So, knowing that The CR Meeting Leader was a former prisoner,  I expected that he was yet another person who would judge me as not worthy of redemption. Against this unreasonable fear, I decided to trust God and met privately with the Meeting Leader to explain my situation to him. What I received was nothing less than one man’s true love and acceptance of what he saw as another brother in Christ. It is because of his expression of God’s love that I was brave enough to get involved in Celebrate Recovery after my release.

I am now graduating from a 12-step course and looking forward to being a TEAM member at my home Celebrate Recovery. It is my hope that at some point I can return to the prison system as part of a Celebrate Recovery Inside ministry so that I can “be the hope” to others like that CRI Meeting Leader was for me. He was the first restored link in a broken chain.

(Names, places, dates and other identifiable information – redacted by the Editor.)