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Gary Farina, Executive Director

Born in Vineland, New Jersey, Gary Farina joined the Marine Corps after graduation and spent 8 years serving in the Marines. He was called into the ministry in 2004 and attended seminary before being called to serve as the full-time minister of Discipleship and Singles at Millbrook Baptist Church in 2012. In 2013, after being asked to visit someone who was incarcerated for drugs, Gary began pursuing a calling on his life to help individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

After years of sharing the love of Christ with these men and women, God gave Gary the vision for the development of Recovery Road Ministries, for which he now serves as the executive director. Gary and his wife, Chris, have been married for 34 years, and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

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Nick Gallam, President

Captain Nick Gallam is the Jail Administrator for the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Detention Division, where he has been employed for 15 years. He dedicated eleven years of service to his country as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corp Reserve, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Additionally, Nick obtained an Associate’s Degree for Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Aiken Technical College.

Nick has two beautiful children, Madelyn (13) and Mason (3), and will be serving as President of Recovery Road Ministries.

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Sandy Gunter, Treasurer

Sandy Gunter was born in Columbia, SC. She attended Midlands Technical College where she earned her degree in business, specializing in accounting and taxation. Sandy moved to Aiken, South Carolina in 1992, where she now owns and operates a tax and accounting firm.

She has four children and eleven grandchildren, and attends Millbrook Baptist Church where she serves on the Singles Ministry Team. Sandy will be serving as Treasurer for Recovery Road Ministries.

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Ashley Finch, Secretary

Ashley Finch is the Agent in Charge for Aiken County’s Probation Office, and has been
employed with the department for 11 years. Born and raised in South Carolina, Ashley graduated from Coker College with a BA in Technical Theatre.

He is married to wife, Tracy, and they are loving parents to Ansley (8), who loves to dance. Ashley spends his time off working in his shop, taking photos, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. He will be serving as Secretary for Recovery Road Ministries.

Cori O’Steen

Cori O’Steen is Mom to three children and wife to Beau.  She is the founder and CFO of upaknship.com with locations in Graniteville, SC and Ontario, CA.  Cori’s oldest daughter is an addict.  Cori quickly learned that her daughter’s sickness is not something she has any control over. 

Cori felt the calling to help those suffering as her daughter has, that are ready to heal and truly transform their lives.  As the loved ones of the addict, we languish in pain often DESPERATE to see our child, sibling, friend, or parent recover but through our despair we sometimes make ourselves sick with worry and grief.

Through her business and Recovery Road Ministries, Cori advocates to turn helplessness into purpose by offering ways for loved ones to help change lives.  Cori encourages getting involved where there is a need such as contributing to expanding the availability of Faith based Recovery, such as ours, nationwide.

Clint Bartlett

Clint was born in El Paso, Tx. and born again in Biloxi, Ms. at the age of 8. Clint was led to the Lord by his Sunday School teacher, Ms. Betty Gollott.

Clint saw his older brother, Adam, live a life ruined by drugs and alcohol. He was my hero. Clint would have followed in his footsteps if not for God intervening in his life. Adam died high on drugs driving a stolen truck in Dallas, Tx. at the age of 29 years and 51 weeks. He left behind 2 young daughters, a sister, a brother, mother, father and grandfather.

Clint has been married to his beautiful wife, Beth, for 24 years. They have 3 children, Cameron(23), Jordan(20) and Eli(9).

Clint graduated from Aiken High School in 1989, and since earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Covington Theological Seminary.      

Clint is currently serving as Pastor of Levels Baptist Church and has been there for 3 years. Clint previously served as Youth Pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church for 3 years.

The Bible says in Genesis 5:1 that God made man in His likeness. Satan hates man and will do anything to tear us down. He does not have to have the last word. Romans 10:10 says: “The thief[Satan] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I[Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Julie Brady Mogy

Julie Brady Mogy was born & raised in Aiken, SC. Julie spent the first years of her adult life as an active drug addict & alcoholic beginning with pot at 15 reaching into alcohol, crack & shooting cocaine, always starting with drinking. She ripped through the lives of her friends and family, especially her very young son, from conception to 10 years old. At 2 weeks before her 34th birthday she couldn't live with what she saw in the mirror anymore. She sought out help, stuck with it & Jesus not only saved her life but gave her a life to live abundantly & beyond her wildest dreams.
She has been clean & sober since Aug. 21, 1995.

Today she is an active member of the community & owns a sandwich shop on the south side of town. She is active in her recovery group & helps all who reach out.  She has been married to her husband, Mogy since April 2002 & they have 3 grown children & 5 grandchildren.

Richard Lyons

Richard Lyons was born in New York City, NY.  He has been employed with the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons for 21 years and works as a Correctional Counselor.  He is also currently enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves where he has dedicated 15 years of service. Additionally, Richard obtained an Associate’s Degree for Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Grantham University.

He has been married to his wife Tina for 18 years and has two adult daughters Brandi & Tanai.  Richard has dedicated his life through God, for the service of others.

 

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Rev. Kerry W. Breen, Clinical Advisor

Kerry W. Breen was born in Cleveland Ohio. After becoming addicted to drugs as a teen and developing a troubled high school history, Kerry joined the USMC in 1976, hoping for a new start. After graduating from boot camp, Kerry married Kim, his high school sweetheart, and spent the next four years serving in the 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC. In January 1977, Kerry dedicated his life to Christ. In 1980, He received an honorable discharge from the Marines, and headed south to attend Southeastern University, where he achieved a BA degree for his studies in pastoral ministry. He was credentialed with the Assemblies of God in 1984 and ordained in 1986. In 1986, Kerry attended Ashland Seminary’s Pastoral Counseling program and has since pastored in Ohio, Texas, and South Carolina.

In 1997, He started an outpatient recovery support program for people struggling with substance abuse, and he worked with DOADAS to run a pilot project at SCDC, directing a faith/medical model drug recovery program in 2005. The result was The Bethel House, a faith based residential recovery support program, founded by Rev. Breen, to support men struggling with substance abuse. In 2011, Rev. Breen and his wife, Kim, established The Oaks, a faith based recovery support program for women.

In 2016 Rev. Breen was recognized by the SC District of the Assemblies of God as a District Urban Missionary and in May 2019 he completed a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Rev. Breen was the Pastor of Central Assembly of God for 22 years in Columbia SC. Kim is a public school teacher at BC High School. Kerry and Kim have 5 beautiful grandchildren.