Reverend John Baker, founder of Celebrate Recovery – a global service that arose out of the heart of the Saddleback Church of Rick Warren that aims to help people recover from addictions and other “harm, habits, and disruptions” has passed away.
The Celebrate Recovery National team shared the news of Baker’s death in a statement on social media on Tuesday. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
“There are times in life when words are totally inadequate to share how you feel, this morning is one of those days,” the statement attributed to Celebrating Recovery, National Director Mac Owen and his wife Mary, says.
“My best friend and brother have come home. John Baker, co-founder of Celebrate Recovery, made his way home early this morning. To say that this surprised us would be an understatement. John touched more people with the healing power and grace of Jesus Christ than Anyone else I knew personally and one of these lives was my life. ”
The team plans to share more details “in the coming days,” but asked supporters to keep Baker’s wife and Celebrate Recovery co-founder Sherrill Baker in their prayers.
“We will miss John more than words can express, but that will be for a short time and then we will see him again. See you soon, brother.”
Celebration of Recovery is a 12-step, Christ-centered recovery service that began in 1991 in Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The department was established after Baker wrote Warren the “famous, concise, 13-page, single-space” letter outlining the vision God had given him for the program.
Today, 35,000 recovery groups converge around the world. The program was implemented in churches, resuscitation homes, rescue missions, universities and prisons.
Baker, who has written numerous books on addiction and recovery, previously shared how his heart was born to others from his recovery story.