1986 . . . Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) began as Seventh-day Adventists for the Extinction of Addictions (SDAXA) in January 1986 when Hal Gates a recovering alcoholic, drug addict, child of God, renewed by the power of Jesus Christ – Hal’s Highest Power listened to God’s call. After his positive life changes began in 1981, through the influence of Livvie (who would become his wife) and the Holy Spirit, Hal, as a middle aged man, was called by the Washington Conference to work as a “task force” pastor at a small church in Willapa Harbor, Washington. Then came the call to be a pastor at the newly formed West Seattle Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was there that he responded to God’s voice to start a support group ministry for alcoholics and addicts.
1987 . . . Pat Mutch, then Director of the Institute of Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies, invited Hal to come to Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan to help her teach a class of graduate students at the Adventist Theological Seminary. He brought two large boxes of materials which he used to help alcoholics and addicts back in Washington state. She recognized the value of this material and agreed to take time to edit these resources and get them published. The result was the Regeneration Manual.
Pr Ray Nelson, passionate about the power of the recovery ministry, became the director of Adventist Recovery Ministries and was instrumental in expandinig the ministry and building a strong network.
The General Conference Health Ministries Department took on the responsibility of publishing Regeneration materials. They have taken the message of Christ-centered recovery from addictions, with Hal Gates, all over the world. Dozens of countries and hundreds of churches now know about the benefits of freedom from addictions through the power of the proven 12 Steps which are Bible-based tools for developing Christ-like character.
The North American Division Health Ministries Department has over the years supported Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) in many ways. Three awareness tours were planned and financed.
2002 . . . East Coast - Maine to Miami
2004 . . . Midwest – New Orleans to Chicago
2005 . . . West Coast – Seattle to Southern California
Annual Regeneration training seminars have been offered at the Health Summit. Other leadership conferences have been held periodically at the General Conference for the training of facilitators and recovery ministry leaders.
2007. . . Adventist Regeneration Ministries assisted with the planning and presentation of an Addictions Ministry Conference held at Andrews University. More than 200 participated in this very important 4-day event.
2006 . . . Additional support from the North American Division has included The Journey to Wholeness project which will include user-friendly resource materials to be used in support groups. These materials, funded through Vervent – the NAD Church Resource Center, are being produced and published under the direction of AdventSource. This resource will contain a facilitator’s guide and a series of four participant guides.
2008 . . . The Association of Adventist Parents and Adventist Regeneration Ministries united in May 2008. Their mission and purpose were similar.
ARMin becameactive in helping to organize Annual Celebrations of Family Recovery (programs originally started by the Association of Adventist Parents) weekends that are currently held in three locations in the United States:
Mt. Aetna, Hagerstown, Maryland
Bridge to Recovery, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Fort Flagler State Park, Washington
2011.(January)..... Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) website, www.adventistrecovery.org, was updated and the ARMin board voted to dissolve the former organization and restructure the ministry under the direction of the North American Division Health Ministries department.
2011 (April) .... The NAD Adventist Recovery Ministry (ARMin) Committee was created with terms of reference and officially voted by the NAD leadership to function under the direction of the NAD Health Ministries Department in an effort to expand grow and expand addiction recovery ministries in the North American Division territory.