About CR Inside


Celebrate Recovery® Inside is the prison and jail extension of the Celebrate Recovery® Ministry, a program founded by John and Cheryl Baker of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California, that encourages fellowship and celebrates Christ’s healing power in the lives of people as they work their way along the road to recovery. Lives are changed as experiences, strengths, and hopes are shared with one another. In addition, individuals become willing to accept God’s grace and forgiveness in solving life’s problems.

Many anonymous programs provide help for a single issue; alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling, overeating, etc. Celebrate Recovery® and CR Inside deals with the whole person, every kind of issue that keeps people from being who God created them to be. One may have an alcohol and drug addiction as well as struggle with sexual addiction, difficulty in overcoming a history of physical or sexual abuse, or anger and co-dependency issues, all at the same time.

By working though the principles, participants grow spiritually, and are freed from their hurts, hang-ups, and addictive habits. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with others and the personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.

Since 1991 Celebrate Recovery® has grown from one group at Saddleback Church to thousands of churches world-wide. In 1998 a faith-based prison program in New Mexico, Crossings, began to use Celebrate Recovery® at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility in Las Cruces and quickly grew to five prisons. Since then many prisons and jails in the United States and other countries use CR Inside as part of their inmate treatment programs.

Celebrate Recovery® Inside provides a natural transition back to the community from the institution since there are churches that have Celebrate Recovery in many communities. Additionally, there is an opportunity for the family of the incarcerated person to receive help as they become involved in Celebrate Recovery® at the local level during their loved one’s incarceration.


Here are some comments from some us that serve with about why we do what we do…

Rickey Kelley

Guntersville, AL

My interest is to take Jesus to the least of these, the ones that other people have thrown away. Society cast them out as castaways without really knowing the person in general and their situation that brought them here…

Tommi Lindsey

Morristown, TN

I've been going in the jail for three years to minister to the women. God sent me these ladies. What motivates me to go in is to get to know them and love them. We hear the same stories week after week, the cycle that needs to be broken…

Stacie Cotton

Gwinnett County, GA

I'm a victim of childhood physical, sexual and mental abuse from my dad and my mom. I ended up going to jail at 42 for fighting with my son. Someone from church met me there. It just truly changed my life…

"35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
Matthew 25:35-36 NIV