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Barry’s Army

Arnie had an army on the golf course.  McHale had a navy on television.  Did you know Barry has an army of first responders in Huntsville, AL?

Barry Johnson retired from a career in technology and sales management on a Friday and showed up to volunteer at His Way the following Monday morning at 7AM…and he has been here ever since.

Barry has been a parent of a son struggling with addiction.  His son completed his battle on December 27, 2016, and now Barry is passionate about helping other parents in similar situations.

Toward this effort, Barry has initially enlisted twelve volunteer First Responders who will contact hurting loved ones of addicts.  When a family member contacts His Way and places their loved one on our waiting list for entry, a First Responder will reach out to them to provide comfort, reassurance, and guidance. They will direct them to helpful resources such as support groups, personal friendships, and resource materials (books, websites, and classes).

Barry (left) Pictured With John (a member of His Way's ARG leadership group)

Barry (left) Pictured With John (a member of His Way’s ARG leadership group)

Eventually, Barry also wants to establish a grief support group for those who have lost loved ones to addiction like himself.

If you would like more information on becoming a first responder to hurting families or if you would like to connect with more recovery support for yourself or a loved one, please contact Barry at (256) 859-7377 or visit hiswayinc.org.

Tom Reynolds


“I’m Talking to You”

Last week, I went on a mission trip…not to Africa or South America or any foreign country, but to a leadership conference at a nearby Christian university. In case you’re not aware, in my new position at His Way as Director of Ministry, I am focused on sharing what we have learned about Christ-centered recovery with mission-minded Christians throughout the country and the world. We have a model at His Way that ensures every resident that comes through our doors hears the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. And, I’ve had a front row seat watching that message radically change the lives of men and families.

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Having spent 22 years in Christ-centered recovery ministry, I have seen the problem grow from a personal tragedy to a world-wide epidemic.  This past year, over 64,000 young people in America died of overdose, which is more than we lost in the 19 year Vietnam conflict!  For the first year in the U.S., deaths from drugs and alcohol exceeded traffic fatalities! I am convinced that only Jesus can offer the answer to this problem.

Jesus concluded His ministry with the challenge that what we do for the least of these my brothers we do for Him (Matthew 25:40). Simply put, we want to help and equip more Christians respond to this crisis in our own backyards in a powerful and personal way.

Last week was my first mission trip just over 100 miles away in Henderson, Tennessee. I have many more planned. I’ll be attending conferences, visiting churches, and talking to Christians throughout the world about how together we can accept this challenge and make an impact. In the coming months and years, our vision is to see more churches start recovery ministries, more small groups reach out and help those overcoming addiction, and even more organizations begin residential recovery programs like His Way.

Please join me in praying that God will use us to extend Christ-centered recovery ministry throughout the world and bring hope to those struggling with addiction. Remember that God sent Jesus  to save the world!

Let us keep pursuing His vision!

Tom Head ShotTom Reynolds is His Way’s Director of Ministry & Chairman of the Board. If your church or small group is interested in reaching out to those fighting drug and alcohol addiction, please contact us at tom@hiswayinc.org or (256) 859-7377


A Different Kind of Wedding Invitation (“We Love Rehab”)

What follows is an actual wedding invitation from the wife of a recent His Way graduate. 

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Victoria & Jackie Married – 01/06/2019

Consider this your wedding invitation.

Jackie and I have been friends for three years. We’ve been very close friends for almost two years. We got engaged before we ever even went on a real date. He proposed to me in a very unique way—over the phone at the Madison County Jail.

Some of you know and some of you don’t, but for those who don’t, let me spell it out for you—I am engaged to be married to my favorite recovering drug addict. He is about to complete a 6-month program at His Way, a sober living facility in Huntsville, Alabama. Their recovery is Christ-centered, and I can assure you that this type of recovery is something Jackie’s never experienced before.

At his completion date, Jackie will be 8 months sober—and counting. To say that Jackie has changed could be the grossest understatement of the century—but to say that Jackie was the only one who was affected would be a big ol’ fat lie. Individually, I think Jackie and I have grown and matured, but as a couple, I think Jackie and I have completely transformed—our love, our purpose, our goals. The past 8 months have been the biggest lesson in patience that either of us has ever been through. Waiting on Jack to turn himself in, waiting two months for him to get out of jail, waiting thirty days with no way to communicate except at church, waiting for him to get his first pass, waiting for him to complete the program …

It was only over the past few weeks that we’ve realized that the past 8 months hasn’t just been a lesson in patience—it’s been a lesson in trust, too.
Trust that God would get Jackie to the rehab he needed to be at.
Trust that he would be allowed to go to rehab instead of prison.
Trust in ourselves individually, trust in each other, and trust in God.
And y’all, if there is a lesson more difficult than patience, I promise you it is a lesson in trust.

We. Were. Not. Prepared.

But, after 8 months…after 8 months of feeling exhausted and happy and terrified and emotional and overwhelmed and overjoyed and depressed and sad and stressed and then to mourn the death of a friend, trust is all we have left. Suddenly, we have transformed from two people who love each other to one relationship being called by God in ways we never would have imagined a year ago.

Jackie is a very different person now than he was when he started at His Way, but I can honestly say that I think it has changed me as much as him.
The program, the guys in the program, the men who run the program…
We love this place. We love rehab.

It has become a major milestone in our relationship, and we’re not ashamed of this. We’re not ashamed of our story. We’re not ashamed of our progress. We’re not ashamed of any of it. Because we know that our story isn’t our story anymore—it’s God’s testimony now. Because we know that God uses the weak to show his power, and we trust that God put us together and in this place for this reason.

Because of this, we are looking forward to sharing our next step with His Way.

Long story not so short, we are getting married January 6th at 4:30PM at His Way in their Community Center. Immediately after, we will have a meal—of some kind—and enjoy a fellowship with family and friends and our brothers at rehab.

At 6PM, we will get the opportunity to celebrate the graduation of some of the guys at His Way (including Jack).

Please come. Please come and meet these people.

If you’ve never witnessed a miracle or a blessing or the love of God or the triumph of God’s children over sin, then you’ve never been to His Way.


Congratulations Victoria & Jackie!

The Soul Solution

Tom Head ShotThere is an invading army attacking the future of America.  Over 64,000 young men and women die annually due to opiate overdose.  This annual loss surpasses the loss of all American soldiers that were lost in the entire 19 year Vietnam conflict.

The President has mobilized a national response to this Opioid Epidemic.  And the nation’s resources are focusing on this plague.  Law enforcement has increased its efforts to stop the flood of drugs into this country.  And laws are getting more stringent and penalties more severe for drug trafficking.

Congress is enacting laws to curtail the over-prescribing of opiates to patients.  There are many rural communities where there are more prescriptions than there are people.  The government is also taking steps to challenge Big Pharma on their production and marketing strategies to take advantage of vulnerable Americans for profit.

First responders and others on the front lines are now being equipped with Narcan to keep overdosing young people from dying.

For many, the pursuit of opiates is created by an illicit desire for artificial stimulation that began with the use of alcohol and marijuana, and has now escalated to the illegal buying and use of Oxycotin, hydrocodone, and heroin.

But for millions it began with an innocent dental or medical procedure where the physician over-prescribed pain killers for recovery.  For many innocent victims, the pain killer triggered a euphoric effect that while they were not pursuing, they found quickly could not be shut off.  And that chase for the quest of the next euphoric feeling begins and quickly consumes every aspect of the addict’s life.  And what began as a routine procedure may end with a tragic overdose on the darkest streets of our cities.

Recently in a conversation with our own Madison County Coroner, he stated that his funeral home alone has an opioid related service every 4 days!  And that is just one funeral home in Huntsville, AL!

For most citizens, and especially Christians, we are left with anxiety ridden reports of trends that we desperately hope someone else can solve.  Our prayers and support go out to government efforts, policy changes, increased funding, first responder efforts, law enforcement activity, increased medical responsibility and accountability, and congress’ ability to prosecute the immoral and potentially illegal practices by pharmaceutical companies.

While government and policy makers have the power of the law to enforce specific social solutions, the church has the spiritual solution!  While secular solutions focus on the supply and distribution side of the equation, the church can serve by helping to curb the demand side of the equation.  People are craving substances because they are pursuing a failing effort to the fill the “God Shaped” empty place that is within every person.  A pursuit that will not be satisfied until it is ultimately filled with Christ.  The One shaped and designed to fill that hole.

The reality is that the ultimate solution is not secular, but spiritual.  The world can only deal with observed human behavior and an understanding that the solution must be attacked through the model of addiction being a brain disease.  But we in Christ can bring the spiritual solution, The Soul Solution!  A solution that rests in a human completeness only found in Jesus Christ and the power of His indwelling spirit.

Our vision for the defeat of the opioid invader is not tougher laws or smarter policies, but a loss of appetite for attempting to change how one feels due a spiritual emptiness.  A fullness in Christ.

until we all attain . . . to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

– Ephesians 4:13

Our genuine satisfaction in Christ will solve this Opioid Crisis!  So let the church realize it’s responsibility and release it’s resources as the Soul Solution!

Tom Reynolds

In God’s Time

“And He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. . .”

-Malachi 4:6

John & Charlie

John & Charlie

John’s lifestyle of alcohol and drug abuse began to get out of control shortly after his mother died as a direct result of alcoholism.  It was then that he says he began drinking, using drugs, and practicing the dishonesty that often goes along with them…to the point that it put a huge strain on all his relationships, including with his 2-year old son, Charlie.  Eventually John’s fiance left to try and force him to “wake up and get help”.  Instead, he says, the loneliness and hopelessness he felt seemed to increase his desire to cope by drinking and using drugs.  In fact, he says that he drank to the point of blacking out several nights per week.

He started missing work frequently and eventually lost his apartment.  He also was arrested several times for DUI and possession charges.  He was still visiting his son weekly until one night he was arrested in front of Charlie, under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  During the arrest, the police allowed him to hug his son goodbye for one last time, but they wouldn’t remove the handcuffs. John says that it broke his heart, hugging his young son while the handcuffs rubbed on his son’s back.   And after his release, Charlie’s mom no longer allowed him to see Charlie.

“I just fell deeper into addiction after that,” John says with sadness.  “And I started smoking and manufacturing meth”.  As his addiction continued to spiral out of control, he was eventually arrested on a manufacturing charge.  It was then, while waiting in jail, that a family member told him about “His Way” and he agreed to get the help he needed upon his release.  “When I got to His Way”, he says, “I had no relationship with God and no idea who I was anymore. But I knew I had to change if I ever wanted to see my son again and I didn’t want his last hug from me to be with handcuffs”.

While at His Way, the desire for a reunion with Charlie weighed heavily on John’s mind.  John remembers a conversation with director Tom Reynolds where he described missing his son and his regret for having missed over a year of Charlie’s life.  He expressed his strong desire to see him again.  John says that Tom’s response was simple , “We’ll pray about it”.  At first, being told to “pray about it” made John angry, but he agreed and began praying every morning during the devotional time about the restoration of his relationship with Charlie.

Charlie’s mom asked John to sign over his parental rights. Not being able to afford a lawyer, John felt like his hands were tied.  Again, he sought counsel from Tom and was advised to respect their wishes and stop trying to contact them, but instead to pray for them and have patience. John says, “I didn’t want to pray for them.  I wanted to see Charlie immediately!” But, hesitantly, he continued to pray for them.  “I felt that all I had left was prayer”.

John eventually transitioned out of His Way and then relapsed, which led him back to His Way for a second time.  Still praying for Charlie and his caregivers, he began studying the Bible more earnestly and felt the conviction to be baptized.  John says, “After being baptized, I felt a sense of peace that I can’t describe.  I continued praying for them, but I started adding that the Lord’s will would be done and asked God to bless Charlie and keep him healthy and happy”.

On January 1, 2018, John received word that Charlie’s mom wanted to begin reuniting him with his now 10 year old son.  John began to tell everyone he saw excitedly –  “God finally answered my prayers!”  He began speaking to Charlie every day and he apologized for his actions. A few days later, he got to see, hug and spend the afternoon with Charlie for the first time in almost 8 years, and will get to see Charlie every Sunday as they begin to re-develop a relationship and get to know each other again.

John finishes his story by saying, “God is Good!  And looking back, I thought God wasn’t listening to me, but I realize now God wasn’t ignoring me, I just wasn’t living for Him. It wasn’t the time for Him to answer my prayer.  I was putting a lot of things above God including my relationships.  It wasn’t until I started putting God first that he saw fit to answer my prayer.  Now my prayer is that he will help me be the man and father he wants me to be”.

Introduction to a Paradoxical Manifesto from a Former Heroin Addict

Andrew KrugerI am a grateful believer, fearlessly developing my relationship with God the creator through Jesus Christ, guided by scripture, with help from the Holy Spirit; my name is Andrew.

Eight years of daily heroin use has led down some dark roads – however, in my case, darkness was needed to find the light. I, quite literally and figuratively, needed to die to live. After multiple overdoses, encounters with the law, and other institutions, it became painfully apparent that I was blindly running in the wrong direction in a vain attempt to find some semblance of peace, satisfaction, hope, and purpose. Pain was my touchstone for growth.

In this moment of clarity, another venture to rehab seemed to be the way out or at the very least, a step in the right direction. I needed to stop to move forward. I had two options at my disposal and both were met with feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and anger; rehab number 8 or death.

Letting myself go would have been the easier, softer way out, but my pride intervened.  Pride was another large deterrent and was also a convenient disguise for fear. My mindset was that I could resist anything but temptation.  Having been to 7 other treatment centers and not managing to stay clean, my intellect was screaming rehabilitation was impossible. Impossible; arguably the most hopeless word in the English dictionary.  But with God, all things are possible. I had no mental defense against my drug of choice, no other viable options, and no way out.  From the ashes of desperation came my 8th attempt at long term sobriety, and in doing so I have found peace within the war.

My renewed faith has afforded me a considerable measure of hope. I am learning to trust other people, and found I must give to receive. My common misconception was that I had to replace something with nothing. Habits, if not kept in check, soon become necessities. Today I am developing good habits. For the past few months, one of my roommates and I pick a different theme each week (this week it’s love), and find edifying verses appropriate to that theme to meditate on each night and then apply the following day; 5 total versus per week, 1 verse per day. In a attempt to remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy, we reinstate all the versus from that week, in their entirety, on Saturday and Sunday.

The point of this exercise isn’t to memorize or gain any academic inclination but rather practical application of God’s living word.  Morning devotionals, spiritual step studies, and fellowship with other believers, strengthen my resolve to walk with Jesus. Through these daily fundamental practices, I have found it true that habits replace habits.

Jesus loves to walk…and when He stops, something is about to happen. Today, I watch and pray because my spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Jesus doesn’t run. He hasn’t left me behind. And, I truly believe the past experiences I’ve endured uniquely qualify me to reach those, thought by many, to be untouchable. Although we all come from different places (geographically, spiritually etc.), we all come from the same place (addiction).  I am becoming the light inside the darkness.  After developing a strong prayer game, I now know it to be true that God works all things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  At this current time in my life, I know two undeniable facts; there is a God, and I’m not him. Staying focused on my walk, one step at a time, has enabled God’s will to manifest in my life and subsequently, His grace, mercy, and love is allowing me to be a true example of reconciliation.

Andrew (His Way Resident)

Completing The Task!

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Doug Stogner Sharing His Story

“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.”

For me, this is one of the great assurances of God, that He completes what he starts. After 33 years of suffering and sacrifice for us, Jesus’ final declaration from the cross was, “it is finished!” God completes what He starts, and one of the pillars of our teaching at His Way is to complete what you start.

10 years ago, Doug Stogner came back to Huntsville with a dream and a vision to begin a Christ-centered, residential recovery facility for men. Partnering with Clyde Jones, that vision became a reality. Tragically, one year into the ministry, Doug relapsed and disappeared. This took him down the pain filled path of years of homelessness, recovery programs, and incarceration.

On November 8, 2016, Doug stopped running and returned as a resident to the program he started. He completed 6 months in the program in May of 2017, and then joined our Advanced Recovery Group for a second 6 months of recovery leadership. Doug completed that on November 9th, and continues living and working at His Way. Doug is beginning to experience completion of what God began in him some 10 years earlier.

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Doug With Clyde Jones


Doug has also returned to college, seeking completion of another pursuit he began right out of high school, but too quickly abandoned over 30 years ago. As I write this, Doug is studying for his first final exam in over 30 years! That commitment reveals the nature and character of God.

Early this year, after much prayer and planning, we broke ground to build our His Way Community Outreach Center that will include office space, classrooms, a large assembly and event space, and a commercial kitchen. This project will also immediately expand our residential space from 33 to 42, allowing us to help more of the over 40 men currently on our waiting list. In addition, this facility will provide space to offer outpatient services and classes to those unable to participate in our residential program. Our vision is for this facility to become a hub for training and supporting other groups interested in beginning Christ-centered recovery programs throughout the world.

Construction has progressed well, and we expect to move in by April of next year. We’ve raised over 70% of the building cost. In keeping with God’s character and Doug’s example, we need your help in completing what God has begun among us. Please consider helping us reach our year end fundraising goal of $150,000 with a generous donation.

Visit Growing His Way to learn more about this project and how you can help us reach our goal.

God Bless You!

Tom Reynolds


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Tom Reynolds hails from the Pacific Northwest, and spent 25 years in full time ministry in California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Alabama. Today, Tom is the Executive Director of His Way.

Soul Rest…and a tandem bicycle

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

In our hurried and harried world, is this not a promise we all clamor for?  Rest!  As I interacted with people this week, the friendly conversations would usually turn to plans for Thanksgiving.  One young lady simply told me that her plan for Thanksgiving was to sleep all day!  Rest!  A gift we all crave.

But Jesus doesn’t just talk about physical rest in Matthew 11, He goes on to emphasize that it is “rest for your souls”.  Soul rest, an even more significant and allusive need.  The reality is that no matter how much physical rest one pursues, if your soul is restless, you will never be well rested.

I observe men recovering from long runs of drug and alcohol addiction.  When they finally collapse into their bed in our recovery program, they cannot get enough sleep.  And the reality is, while physical sleep is essential to a healthy life, there is not enough sleep to rest one’s soul.

Jesus says soul rest is found in, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11:29) What?  Soul rest found in taking on an instrument of work?  A yoke?  A yoke has been used for generations to link powerful beasts of burden (oxen or horses) to one another to pull vehicles, whether it be plows or wagons, in one common direction.  This combines the strength of multiple animals into one uniform pulling machine.

A yoke does not sound, in any way, like a good instrument for rest, especially soul rest.  It is interesting that Jesus’ offer of rest does not come with more sleep or a lengthy vacation, but being joined with Him in work.  The key is being joined with Him.  He even goes on to say in verse 30, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


My mother never learned to ride a bicycle.  She was always very cautious, so the threat of a bike fall  panicked her.  But as my youngest sister grew up, her favorite recreation was to ride bikes, so dad would go bike riding with her.  They would come back with incredible stories of beauty and adventure.  And mom would yearn to participate and make this a full family activity.  But while she longed for the family participation and the thrill of pedaling through scenic valleys with the wind whipping through her hair, her inability to ride left her behind.

Dad finally decided to get a tandem bicycle, so that mom could participate.  While dad’s experience could steer, balance, and pedal the bike, mom could ride behind participating with pedaling but without the burden of balancing or steering.  She could enjoy the thrill of riding and family adventure, while depending on the experience and skill of dad.  To this day, my sister will share great memories of mom, dad, and her riding bikes throughout the gorgeous river valleys of Western Washington.

But mom’s “rest” was found in her ability to be yoked to my dad on that tandem bike.  It was easy and light because of the one to whom she was linked.

You want to find the “soul rest” of a thrilling adventure, then yoke to Jesus for the ride of your life.

Tom Reynolds


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Tom Reynolds hails from the Pacific Northwest, and spent 25 years in full time ministry in California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Alabama. Today, Tom is the Executive Director of His Way.

Dig Down to Rise Up

Great News!  Construction has begun on our long planned for and much awaited Community Center.  This is a project that was part of the initial dream of His Way ten years ago, but has been worked on in earnest for the past year and a half.

The trees have been taken down and the earth is being moved.  And I mean a lot of earth is being moved.

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Construction Begins

They have cleared off over 270 dump truck loads, or about 4100 cubic yards, of beautiful top soil.  It is painful to watch such rich, quality soil leaving while being replaced with with old, hard, red, Alabama clay.  But this hard pack is essential for laying a solid foundation.

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Ready to Build!

In watching this process, it is a vivid reminder of what we have been doing through this program for the past 10 years.

In order to lay a firm foundation for a successful life of recovery, you have to begin by removing tons of soil upon which the past, failed life was built.  As Paul says “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (Colossians 3:5-8)

You cannot build a new, godly life on the remains of an old, failed system.  You must remove it! Then you can bring in the new soil upon which a successful life can be built.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (verse 12 & 13)

This process can be long and arduous, but it is essential for a foundation of success. Remember Jesus’ final illustration at the end of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:24-27.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

When you decide to allow God to change your life, don’t be in a hurry.  Dig deep to remove all that cannot support a godly life to grow high and lasting on the foundation of Jesus Christ.

Just remember, you need to dig down to rise up.  And the further down you are willing to go, the higher you will be able to soar.’

Tom Reynolds


Tom Head ShotTom Reynolds hails from the Pacific Northwest, and spent 25 years in full time ministry in California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Alabama. Today, Tom is the Executive Director of His Way. 



Click below to learn more about His Way’s construction project and how you can help!

Growing His Way



Happy 10th Anniversary to His Way!

This year marks “10 Years in Recovery” at His Way. We had a great celebration this past weekend with current & formal residents, past & present staff members, Board Members, and volunteers!

Great Turn-Out!

Great Turn-Out!

His Way founder, Clyde Jones, finally receiving a graduation certificate!

His Way founder, Clyde Jones, finally receiving a graduation certificate!

Entire group of current & former residents

Entire group of current & former residents