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 motivated to share the Love of Christ with all,
Jeff is an Army veteran having served his country as a M1A2 tank driver in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004.
A graduate of NBIC, Jeff struggled with drug 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 residents he is blessed to minister to on a bi-weekly basis and the God who makes it possible.
Jeff is happily married and is a loving father of two children, ages 10 ( beautiful girl) & 7 ( handsome boy).
SHELBY G. SPIRES
Shelby Spires is frequently the first point of contact for people interested in the program. Shelby helps establish if men are qualified for the NBIC basic four-month program, sets up face-to-face interviews, manages bed space and works with law enforcement, the court system and family members to bring men who are mandated from jails to NBIC.
A veteran news reporter, Shelby spent 25 years in the news business and also assists NBIC with communications requirements such as letter writing, website management and social media.
A native of Macon, Georgia, Shelby also runs the day-to-day meetings men attend at NBIC by choosing speakers. He also keeps men on task during their daily routines. He is a graduate of the NBIC program, having attended from April-November 2019 and credits the love of God and NBIC in conquering his alcohol addiction. Shelby was hired as a full-time staff member upon completion of the program.
DAVID W. WALDING
COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER
David first came to NBIC in July 2019 for help with an alcohol addiction. He came seeking help for sobriety, and discovered so much more when he came to know God, and His grace and mercy. He now lives for the Lord and gives Him all the praise for his New Beginning at life in this world, and life everlasting!
David’s primary responsibilities include purchasing the delicious food the men eat every day as well as the supplies used to keep the campus sparkly clean and running like a well-oiled machine! He also like Jeff has a bi-weekly nursing home ministry that God has blessed him with. Lastly David blesses the students here with weekly lunch meetings that he’s very passionate about.
Wendell spent most of his adult life as a deck Captain on a maritime dredger and after 35 years of living as a functioning addict it finally became unmanageable and he found himself broken. This finally allowed him to be willing to receive help and he found Jesus at NBIC.
NBIC took a broken man out of addiction and set him on the path to help other broken men in addiction, as well as blessed him with the fortitude and patience to do so. Wendell manages all work crews in our program and keeps our men busy while training and instilling a good work ethic into them. Wendell’s plan for the future is simply whatever God leads him to do, specifically continuing to help other men in recovery so they don’t have to endure the pain and suffering he did.