April Events – SOE in Pasco, WA. HGO Training in Salem.

It was so amazing to see many of you at the Vancouver, WA CRTC on Saturday! There were 1000 of us from 5 states & 130 different churches there, many new groups are planned to start over the next months.

CRI has a Spirit Of Excellence (SOE) in Pasco, WA on April 13th at Faith Tri-Cities & hope you will get the word out at your community CR groups this week. We’ve attached a nice flyer which can be copied & have on your literature tables, see if your Ministry Leader will make an announcement to & let them know we appreciate their support. If you’ve never been to a CRI SOE here’s what to expect.. worship, reports from correctional CR groups, mini-monies, testimonies, teaching about CRI, great fellowship, a free light lunch, more worship, prayer, lots of celebrating our recoveries & awesome connection with others! This is a free event & open to anyone curious about CRI, anyone in a related organization or ministry, newcomers, & of course those of us who are doing it in jails, prisons, & community CR’s all around the NW.

Faith Assembly Christian Center, 1800 N. Road 72, Pasco, WA 99301

The Home For Good In Oregon Mentor Training will be hosted at the Morning Star Community Church in Salem on April 27th. In 2019, all CR leadership is encouraged to take the Home for Good in Oregon training developed by the Oregon Department of Corrections, Religious Services Division. This training is important, to better prepare us to assist a re-entering man or woman coming into our community CR groups. An inmates changed life, started by attending the correctional CR group in a well structured environment, is severely challenged upon their release to an unstructured environment. The reality of life on the ‘outside’ introduces new challenges related to routine activities they have not experienced for some time. This is where our Celebrate Recovery group should shine like a light for them! We’ve attached a flyer for the HGO training, please note the instructions on the flyer.

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead

Spirit of Excellence Event – CRI Meeting Feb. 2

Hey Folks, we’re really excited about the Spirit Of Excellence at the Salem First Nazarene this Saturday, Feb 2nd.

Attached you’ll find the agenda for the event & a flyer too.

Remember this is a free event & open to anyone with a interest in CR Inside goings-ons!

Come on out to learn, be inspired, network & praise our Lord for all He does in our broken lives!

Coffee & donuts will be provided at 9:30am & start promptly at 10am with worship from Lost&Found.

Salem First Nazarene
1550 Market St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead

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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:

A New Chapel For Christmas at SCCI

How God steered one State Prison to create a space for Himself. Just in time for Christmas.

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16

When the CRI Group I serve began (2013), we met in a multi-purpose classroom. Classes for Fire Fighter training have been held there, departmental meetings, etc. Some of the walls are covered with bookcases holding Educational / GED texts. I quickly learned to arrive early to move furniture. Sometimes it was a few tables and chairs, other times I needed help from inmates as they arrived. We have been bumped out by circumstances into other spaces. We’ve hauled gear up and down flights of stairs, down long corridors, and between buildings in the rain. Sometimes inmates declined to attend simply because they didn’t want to get wet. (It rains here a lot.)

I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner, but early this year I thought: “Why don’t we have a Chapel?” So I prayed.

Those thoughts continued, to the point that a while later, I took precious time from my very irregular contact with the Chaplain to ask about the lack of “Church” space. His response was an eye-opener.

Many years before, when he first arrived to serve, implementing a Chapel was an item on his Goals List. Over the years he’d simply given up asking because the suggestion had been denied so many times. I volunteered to suggest the matter to the Superintendent, all the while understanding that the Chaplain felt it would be a wasted effort, and worse: that he would have to answer extra questions about why I was writing.

So I prayed a lot more. I had my wife join me. We concluded that I had to write the letter. I kept it extremely brief. The body of the text was only 160 words. And then?

Silence. Months went by. I finally phoned to ask the Chaplain what had happened and got an earful. My letter had started a process that forced him to move his office so that he could be near a space that was at that very moment being remodeled to become the new SCCI Chapel. I was, like… Wow! The Chaplain, on the other hand, was feeling less than cheerful. Don’t get me wrong, he and I have a wonderful relationship, but my letter resulted in him  being pressed into activities that only complicated his heavy schedule.


Church Pew, waiting to be picked up and relocated to it’s new home at Shutter Creek Correctional Institute, North Bend Oregon.

Some weeks after that, I was doing chores in our yard, just enjoying what God had done at the prison. And then I saw them: three church pews we discovered in a storage shed when we bought the place in 2011. We have no idea how they got there, where they came from or anything. They were just sitting there… heavy, 10 feet long, with mildewing orange upholstery. Kristin suggested that we give them to the Shutter Creek Chapel. So I asked the Chaplain about the pews, sort of expecting a less than enthusiastic response. Was it a silly waste of his time again? But he promised to bring the donation up in his Staff meeting.

Well, the answer came back YES!  — which left us with how to move them, as we live an hour away, and church pews don’t exactly fit in the back of our Scion XB. There is also the issue of paperwork, i.e. how to actually get them past control and into the prison. A few more weeks passed and one day I got a call from the Deputy Superintendent: Do I still want to donate the furnishings? Would I be home that day? Could he come by right now to pick them up?

A longer story made short: In a matter of a few hours, those pews were out of storage and on the way to serving inmates in their new Chapel. First they went to the prison wood shop for refinishing and then …who knows what good will come of them?  (God does!)

As of this writing, we haven’t yet been able to use the new Chapel. I was hoping we could decorate the altar for Christmas (IS there an altar, even?) but God is gracious and really patient. He gets things done His own way. Perhaps the important thing to know is that when we ask the Lord for things that are important to Him, He will deliver them.

“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7

Jesus impressed on our hearts the need for a Chapel. It was prayer that revealed the manner of the letter. It was the Holy Spirit that moved the Prison Administration to act.

Praise God!

Oregon / Washington CRI Quarterly Meeting April 11th. Beaverton, OR.

CRI Quarterly Meeting to be held at:

SW Bible Church
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, 97007

Coffee & refreshments from 9:30.
Meeting begins promptly at 10am.

CRI National Director, Adam Rodriguez, will be there and has indicated he will be making some big announcements. CRI Reps from Oregon & Washington will be available to answer questions.

Everyone welcome! Please bring / include anyone you feel might be interested in CRI activities.


10:00 Welcome & Opening Prayer
10:05 Worship, Steven Hardgrove
10:20 Introductions
10:40 Overview, Kent Whitaker
10:45 Re-Entry Update, Mike Cross
10:55 Open Topic Discussion

11:55 Lunch Prayer
12:00PM Lunch Break

12:30 Open Topic Discussion
12:45 Adam Rodriguez, CRI National Director
1:10 Inside Group Reports
1:45 Summary & Goals
2:00 Closing Prayer

‘Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, & those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.’ Hebrews 13:3

NWCRI Newsletter January 2015

NWCRI Newsletter January 2015Print and circulate to Prison contacts, volunteers and sure, even inmates…

PDF Handout at this link:

NWCRI Newsletter January 2015

Washington Adds New CRI State Rep

Mugshot Nicole DavisWashington has added Nicole Davis as Celebrate Recovery Inside State Rep.  She serves as Women’s Ministry Leader for Clark County Jail. Nicole is a former co-leader at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

“I am grateful to be selected as the Washington State Representative and look forward to being a soldier in God’s army!”