Recovery Ministry


Substance abuse, be it from alcohol, drugs or other substances, is a destructive force in our society. It destroys individuals and families. However, in a loving and caring community, and with the support of a faith-based program, lives can be changed.

The UCCC Recovery Ministry offers hope for those who wish to recover from problems associated with addictive behavior by providing a non-judgmental Christian environment of love and compassion.  Spiritual and educational resources, support groups, mentoring, and referrals to community professional resources are offered for those desiring God’s help to change.  

In 2009, UCCC created its Recovery Ministry to help individuals overcome problems associated with addictions and to provide mentoring from a Biblical perspective. The program is coordinated on a full-time basis by UCCC member Bruce Simer. Bruce has experience as an advocate for recovering alcoholics and addicts. Prior to his appointment to the UCCC program, Bruce served as the Outreach Coordinator for the Martha Lucile Peacock Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, which serves as an umbrella organization for residential recovery home programs operating two recovery homes in Gainesville.

Bruce also has extensive experience working with the recovery community in Gainesville and Tulsa, Okla., and in working with the three-year-old Bible-based 12-Step Recovery program hosted by UCCC. He is also actively involved in other local recovery programs as a volunteer mentor. He is a graduate of Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas.

An important focus of this ministry is to provide spiritual growth for individuals joining our congregational family as a result of this program. It is clear in the scriptures that God has called us to edify and build each other up as we grow closer to Him and become more like his Son, Jesus Christ  In that regard, individual mentoring by UCCC members is a critical aspect of this ministry, in additional to specifically designed Bible-centered classes.



Contact: Bruce Simer at

Contact: Ron McQuinn at

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"Look upon my afflictions and my pain and forgive all my sins."  - Psalms 25:18