In 1994 Grace Community Church began with a hope to minister to people in need. In the first six months of existence the church was going through a study called Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Through principles learned in this study, the Lord brought the church into a ministry to addicts and alcoholics. Without the church seeking for this ministry, addicts and alcoholics began to call seeking help.
In the first year of walking in the call of the Lord, a counseling ministry based on the Christ-Centered 12-Step Program was established in the Chattooga County Jail. The pastor and various men in recovery would conduct groups in the jail twice per week as well as numerous individual counseling sessions each week. Sheriff Kellett stated many times that since the counseling started the atmosphere in the jail radically changed and the fighting in the jail diminished significantly. Also during this time, Grace referred many men and women to various treatment facilities.
During this time, the church sensed the need to establish a recovery residence ministry in the Northwest Georgia area. Based upon the recommendation of Bryant Miller, the widely respected director of Penfield Christian Home, a Georgia Baptist Convention treatment facility for men, David Burris began pursuing his certification as an addiction counselor. This would better prepare David and the church to minister to the addict and his family. In 2003 David and Glenda moved to Greensboro, Georgia to be on staff at Penfield and under the clinical supervision of Bryant Miller, David received his national and Georgia certification as a level 2 addiction counselor in 2005. While David and Glenda were at Penfield, the Lord spoke very clearly that a recovery residence was to be opened in their house in Trion, Georgia. They moved out of the house and lived for over a year in a camper on the campus at Penfield. This was the birth of Yobel House—a Christian Recovery Residence for Men. The men of Grace directed the house.
In October 2005 at the request of probation officers and through prayer and meditation and much counsel with Godly men and women, Grace Community Church opened the Freedom Counseling Services in La Fayette, Georgia. At that time the Yobel House was coupled with intensive Christ-centered counseling and rehabilitation services to better serve the men trapped in various addictions. Freedom and Yobel have an outstanding reputation in the state of Georgia.
Freedom Counseling Services is a ministry of Grace Community Church, Inc. is a 501c(3) Georgia Non-Profit Organization that ministers to addicts and alcoholics. We offer services to the adult male addict and his family at a considerably less rate than comparable secular facilities. We must have the financial support of Christians to continue this ministry. Please prayerfully consider supporting FCS with a one-time or monthly tax deductible contribution.
PO Box 1260, La Fayette, GA 30728