Wednesday, I posted an interview with Jamee Pineda, co-founder of The Solid Rock Road, a ministry that she began with her husband, Jerry. While I have corresponded with both Jerry and Jamie, it was him with whom I first made contact. I will always appreciate Jerry’s willingness to connect with a small burgeoning author like me, and I look forward to our continued interaction in the future.
Today, we’ll spend some time getting to know Jerry Pineda and hear his heart for ministry.
1. Define yourself in one word (Disciple, Christian, American, Man, etc.)
2. Why do you choose that term?
I have gone from being an addict to the director of a recovery ministry, to acting as a senior pastor, and becoming a church planter.
3. In two sentences, tell us about The Solid Rock Road—what it is and for whom it is intended.
It is a 100% Bible-based Christian recovery ministry intended for Christians in addiction. The Solid Rock Road leads people to the path of God and gives them all the resources necessary to stay on it.
4. What led to the creation of The Solid Rock Road? Was it a specific event or was it a more general decision?
Having come out of addictions, it was a natural progression. However, my sister-in-law was given the 10 Principles of The Solid Rock Road by the inspiration of God. From there, we created the group process.
5. How has your work in ministry required you to sacrifice?
We have been doing groups for the past 12 years. These are closed groups and last about 3 months. We believe that we are responsible for the souls of each group member and so aside from the weekly group, we are doing individual counseling as needed, and interceding. This has always been done in addition to my work as an elder in our home church, and now as senior pastor in our church plant in La Paz, Mexico. I don’t really see it as a sacrifice, but as a service to God.
6. What is your primary goal for The Solid Rock Road?
To bring Christian recovery back to the cross of Jesus, where true freedom is found. Many Christians are being taught to cope with their addictions rather than overcome them. We promote the New Creation reality, which comes against the philosophy of “Once an addict always an addict.” We believe that addiction is a spiritual issue that manifests in the physical and mental. The Bible is clear that we can resist temptation, that we get a new start, and that we move forward in confidence with God at the center.
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?
As issues with addiction continue to escalate, it is obvious that the power of God is necessary to transform lives. Our work is all about presenting God’s authority and power in a real and Bible-based way.
9. How have you seen God’s goodness and faithfulness in your work with The Solid Rock Road?
From the day the 10 Principles were given by inspiration, we committed ourselves to the message. Our work started quietly. We were just doing the work, and then God made us ready for the book and manual. We have seen the results of God’s goodness in the Solid Rock Road ministries that have been started in other churches.