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Executive Director

Chris Gillhouse

I’ve had a heart for this ministry since I first started helping here as a volunteer. Later I joined the Board. In 2012 it became really clear that God was nudging me to make a change from the corporate world to being a part of Waypoint full time. Robin, my wife, felt the same way.

I worked in commercial construction as a senior project manager. I started in residential construction, working with my hands. Later in management, I worked a lot with people – everyone from temp laborers to CEOs of large companies. My work spanned the full range of a project, from the beginning phases of estimating, through to contracts, and managed all the way through. These experiences all play a part in my role at Waypoint.

When I first felt God calling me to make this change, I challenged him over and over that it wasn’t really me He was looking for. But He kept giving us signs that this is what He was calling Robin and me to do. So I came on as Executive Director in December 2012.

God’s given me a vision for what I feel He wants to see Waypoint become. I have a real passion for helping men deal with their addiction and also showing them what it means to have a relationship with Christ.

Robin is as involved here as I am. She is called the “Waypoint mom.” It’s neat to see her heart for this ministry and her perspective; to hear her talk about her vision for it and see how it aligns with what my mind is thinking and how we bounce things off each other. We have been married over 33 years now. God is showing the men what that kind of stability in marriage looks like. He is teaching them what it means to have that kind of relationship and how you walk that out.

What I love about Waypoint is the men. I like working with the men through their growth and their struggles and seeing how God works in them to change them. I’m blown away by how open and honest they are. It’s amazing to work in an environment where God is the primary focus all the time. I enjoy being able to utilize life experiences to try and help others.

I also appreciate seeing the hearts of the people who support Waypoint, and how they have a heart for this ministry and what they see happening in these men’s lives. When I came on board here full time, what struck me the most is how people step up all the time – that they believe in this program enough to do whatever they’ve got to do, to help Waypoint succeed.

God is the key to the success of the men at Waypoint. Every day here, I’m reminded how much He works in people’s lives to change them … when they’re willing to obey and listen, when they’re willing to surrender.

“We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.” – Romans 3:22-24 

 

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Program Director

Rick Lovell

I arrived at Waypoint in 2013 struggling with addiction. My life was filled with emptiness, rage, failed attempts to get clean on my own, a series of arrest, and broken relationships. Waypoint provided a safe place where I was able to evaluate my life and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. After my first year in the program, I was prompted by God to stay for the SLT program. My second year was just as challenging and full of self-discovery as the first year. In the grace filled environment and through a lot of ups and downs, I was able to grow spiritually and deepen my walk with the Lord.

Being on staff here is truly an honor and a privilege. I have the amazing opportunity to witness firsthand the Lord working in the men’s lives as well as their families lives. I believe the Lord’s vison and purpose at Waypoint is to create disciples and I am excited to get to be a part of his work. I look forward to be able to serve here for as long as God calls me to.

1 John 3:10
“By this we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”

Proverbs 29:18
“Where there is no vision, the people perish”

 

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Director of Marketing and Fundraising

David Cook

I am a graduate of the Waypoint Regeneration Program and also the Servant Leadership Training Program. I am responsible for outreach, fundraising, event planning, and food service at Waypoint. I have graduated with a certificate in Elijah House Prayer Ministry, and I am currently studying to become a Certified Addiction Counselor.

I also am a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BSBA in Finance. I had a corporate career with Baxter Healthcare and was a successful small business owner for over 20 years. I have been on staff at Waypoint for more than two years and I was previously responsible for the Thrift Store operation before I moved into my current position.

 After struggling with an addiction to alcohol for many years, in an out of recovery programs, I hit my bottom in June of 2012, spending a week in ICU with acute alcohol poisoning. Coming to Waypoint at that time, I had always felt I had a good relationship Christ until I read 1 John 2:3-6. It was then I realized I had been a fake Christian my whole life. On that day, December 27, 2012, I finally, fully surrendered to my Savior, Jesus Christ and found a whole new life. I serve Him today through Waypoint Ministry, ministering to men with addictions to help them find the Savior I know today and have “life more abundantly”.

 

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Waypoint Thrift Store Lead

Victor Bodley

My life was filled with rejection and anger for as long as I could remember. As a child I was never given the security that love brings to the heart. In this neglect, I found it very easy to not care.

At the age of 19, I met my wife and three years later we got married. We stayed married for 20 years and then it all fell apart. After the divorce, I lived a rebellious lifestyle for the next 16 years. I got myself involved with drugs and along with that the wrong crowd. These people had extremely low moral character. My life became worse than before.

In July 2014, I got out of the hospital for collapsed lungs. Shortly after that I came to Waypoint, because my family had had enough worrying about me. It took some time here, but I began to hear from God and over time I got a strong desire to hear from Him more. I found peace and forgiveness through my relationships here, Jesus, and God’s Word. My life has dramatically changed for the best. My reason for living is restored. I not only feel lighter in my heart, but I have been given the desire to share His Word and love with many others. That is The Gospel. I have been given the gift of life again and I make the choice everyday to rejoice in it through Jesus Christ.

Go into the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15

 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. ” 1 John 3:16-18