Our History

1986 . . . Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) began as Seventh-day Adventists for the Extinction of Addictions (SDAXA) in January 1986 when Hal Gates a recovering alcoholic, drug addict, child of God, renewed by the power of Jesus Christ – Hal’s Highest Power listened to God’s call. After his positive life changes began in 1981, through the influence of Livvie (who would become his wife) and the Holy Spirit, Hal, as a middle aged man, was called by the Washington Conference to work as a “task force” pastor at a small church in Willapa Harbor, Washington. Then came the call to be a pastor at the newly formed West Seattle Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was there that he responded to God’s voice to start a support group ministry for alcoholics and addicts.

1987 . . . Pat Mutch, then Director of the Institute of Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies, invited Hal to come to Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan to help her teach a class of graduate students at the Adventist Theological Seminary. He brought two large boxes of materials which he used to help alcoholics and addicts back in Washington state. She recognized the value of this material and agreed to take time to edit these resources and get them published. The result was the Regeneration Manual.

Pr Ray Nelson, passionate about the power of the recovery ministry, became the director of Adventist Recovery Ministries and was instrumental in expandinig the ministry and building a strong network.

The General Conference Health Ministries Department took on the responsibility of publishing Regeneration materials. They have taken the message of Christ-centered recovery from addictions, with Hal Gates, all over the world. Dozens of countries and hundreds of churches now know about the benefits of freedom from addictions through the power of the proven 12 Steps which are Bible-based tools for developing Christ-like character.

The North American Division Health Ministries Department has over the years supported Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) in many ways. Three awareness tours were planned and financed.

2002 . . . East Coast – Maine to Miami
2004 . . . Midwest – New Orleans to Chicago
2005 . . . West Coast – Seattle to Southern California

Annual Regeneration training seminars have been offered at the Health Summit. Other leadership conferences have been held periodically at the General Conference for the training of facilitators and recovery ministry leaders.

2006 . . . Additional support from the North American Division has included the development of Journey to Wholeness – a user-friendly Christ centered recovery resource to be used in 12-step meetings. These materials were funded through a Versacare grant and are used in weekly Christ centered 12-step support groups.

2008 . . . The Association of Adventist Parents and Adventist Regeneration Ministries united in May 2008 and collaborated in organizing retreats and conferences.

2010. . .The Regeneration Ministries board of directors voted to restructure the ministry and transfer to the General Conference, through its North American Division, the leadership to move the ministry forward.

2011. . .The former organization was dissolved and a new name – Adventist Recovery Ministries (ARMin) – was chosen. ARMin became an official ministry of the Adventist church under the direction of the Health Ministries department in North America. At that time, the former director, Pr Ray Nelson, became a member of the newly formed ARMin Advisory committee and the Dr Katia Reinert became the first ARMin director.

2012-2013. . .ARMin launched Unhooked in collaboration with Hope Channel – a TV series Channel featuring 28 episodes discussing various addictions with real stories of people sharing how they found recovery in Christ. The co-producers received a Telly Award for an outstanding show. The successful series was developed into a 10-DVD set for accessibility.

2013-2015. . .New resources were developed, including the Journey to Life newsletter and Dr David Sedlacek became the first editor, followed by Pr Ray Nelson.  In addition, dozens of ARMin Journey to Wholeness trainings were held throughout North American and Europe to equip leader and inspire people to become facilitators.  Awareness weekend were also held in churches by request.

2017. . .ARMin Global is born as the ministry is now expanding from North America to all regions of the world. ARMin Global leadership training is being  held across cultures as a way to reach people in the large cities as well as the remote regions of the world.