Below are interview questions I sent to Jerry and Jamee Pineda, co-founders and writers of The Solid Rock Road, a ministry dedicated to helping people overcome addictions.
I met Jerry and Jamee through Twitter, and we exchanged our respective books (you can read my review of theirs here; their review of mine is on the Stronghold Amazon Page). The Pinedas and I have been in contact a bit since that time; and as I have continued my own ministry work with X3church, I have grown in appreciation for the importance of both good content and strong leadership at the heart of recovery programs. Jamee and Jerry offer both, so I felt they would be great subjects for the “In God’s Image” series.
Each of them were willing to answer the questions independently, so we’ll get to know Jamee a bit better today, then spend some time with Jerry on Friday.
1. Define yourself in one word (Disciple, Christian, American, Man, etc.)
2. Why do you choose that term?
I have taken up the cause of Christ and given myself completely to it.
3. In two sentences, tell us about The Solid Rock Road—what it is and for whom it is intended.
The Solid Rock Road is for Christians in addiction, but it is a template for Christian living and suitable for getting set free from any stronghold or past hurts. It was also created to give churches a Bible-based method of recovery from addictions that promotes assimilation into the Body of Christ.
4. What led to the creation of The Solid Rock Road? Was it a specific event or was it a more general decision?
When my sister Sherry (Co-author of the book and manual) received the 10 Principles, we knew that it was something that God wanted us to live out and then to share. But we started slowly, working out the principles in the groups first. About 8 years after we started doing groups, the book was written, which really launched the ministry.
5. How has your work in ministry required you to sacrifice?
For me, much of the sacrifice has been in the time it has taken to write the book, the manual, and blogs for recovery, as well as to maintain our web site and other social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. Currently, I’m working with a translator to complete the book and manual in Spanish since we have planted a church in La Paz, Mexcio. Many times in the past 12 years, we have done multiple groups at a time, which doubles our time for prayer and individual counseling. Finally, we have extended our ministry to include the families of the addicted, which includes counseling and support as necessary. We have learned that often times the family members are in more need of counseling than the addicts. This has become a passion of mine!
6. What is your primary goal for The Solid Rock Road?
To wake up the Christian community in regard to the growing problem of addiction in the church and to provide a method of recovery that is fully aligned with Scripture. The ultimate goal for every graduate to assimilate into the Body of Christ and to find their destiny in God.
7. What is your largest hope for those to whom you minister?
8. What are two key ways in which your work benefits others TODAY?
We are a free resource for Christian recovery. And we provide Christian churches with materials for starting recovery groups that strengthen their people rather than set them apart in the “group of addicts.”
9. How have you seen God’s goodness and faithfulness in your work with The Solid Rock Road?
I believe that our faithfulness to do the work without fanfare for many years has resulted in God’s extension of the ministry through the book, manual and website. We have never forced the continuation of The Solid Rock Road, but rather followed the guidance of God who has given us the system and the steps. We give God the glory. We are fully aware that we are serving Him in this work.