Donald & JoAnna Atkinson
23 years ago, God gave Donald Atkinson, a fully recovered alcoholic himself, the vision for NBIC when he became convicted of the need to provide families with a no-cost alternative to the price-intensive nature of traditional recovery homes.
Donald and his wife, Joanna, were deeply concerned that many men die due to the extreme costs associated with the recovery industry, believing fully that Christ, or his disciples, would not charge a family thousands of dollars a month to provide a safe environment in which a man could recover from the tragic circumstances of alcoholism and drug addiction .
Graduate Liberty University
Calvary Chapel Seminary Program
“Pastor Mike?,” he’s called upon countless times daily by men in our program, and you can almost always find the door to his office cordially open, unless it’s already occupied with someone seeking guidance or prayer. He serves as a loyal spiritual guide to the men on campus and always tries to treat them with utmost respect, which is evidenced by the agape love he strives to consistently show to everyone.
Outside of the ministry carried out within NBIC, another source of Mike’s love, is in overseas mission work. As prescribed in James 1:27, Mike’s heart is focused on outreach to orphans and widows stricken by poverty in third world countries.
He has spent 2 to 4 weeks in Uganda each year since 2008.. Two years ago, Pastor Mike’s Mission was able to secure funding for the installation of a $10,000 well to provide clean water for a village in need. Monthly monetary contributions are also raised to support orphans, and this year, God’s calling has been to begin raising $30,000 to build a new school for the children of that very same village.
He has lifelong aspirations of one day following God’s calling to assist in liberating women and children who are victims of the sex-slave trade in Thailand, but for now, he’s readily available to the men in our program.
While many men come to NBIC out of refuge and in need of assistance beginning the process of recovery from addiction, Pastor Mike’s primary focus here is making sure a solid foundation is secured within each man’s individual walk with Christ, so that they may go on to become the Disciple God is calling them to be.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Dynamic in personal charisma and eminently motivated to share the Love of Christ with all,
Jeff is an Army veteran having served his country with honor in Operation Iraqi Freedom from ‘03-’04.
A graduate of NBIC, Jeff struggled with meth related chemical dependency for over 20 years before surrendering his life to Christ at NBIC.
In addition to his duties as PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Jeff is used by the Lord in nursing home outreach ministry in Emanuel County, Georgia, never failing to speak with great reverence of the elderly he is blessed to minister to on a weekly basis and the God who makes it possible.
Jeff is a loving father of two children, ages 9 ( beautiful girl) & 6 ( handsome boy) , and is rumored to be done with chocolate ice cream for the foreseeable future.
DIRECTOR OF EVANGELISM
Affirming his faith in Christ, Glenn serves as Director of Evangelism at NBIC.
Today, with 20+ years of evangelism under his belt, Glenn seeks to see the character of Christ established in those he witnesses to and mentors as a servant leader at NBIC, harnessing the powers of Godly music and his personal redemption to dispense with a number of Gospel related initiatives as the Holy Spirit guides and leads.
Randy’s struggle with addiction began for him at the age of 13. From that point, he learned to manufacture drugs in order to feed his own addiction. While he’ll tell you he “danced with the devil in Garfield, Oklahoma but found Jesus in Garfield, Georgia,” when he turned his life over to Christ on February 25, 2018. Upon completion of our program, he’s became a valuable asset to our team and is our 1st Ministry Trainer at New Beginnings In Christ.