Addictions Counselor and Director of Training
Lew grew up in New Hampshire and came to Christ in December of 1972, while serving in the Air Force. In 1979 he earned a BA degree in Special Education while living on the island of Guam. He served as a teacher and as a counselor in a reform school on the island for several years after receiving his bachelor's degree and his teaching credentials.
In 1982 Lew married Barbara a fellow teacher. In 1985 Lew left the classroom to go into full-time ministry to crack addicts in the Bahamas. His Mansion Ministries sent him to Nassau as their missionary to work with the crack addicts there. He spent nine years in the Bahamas and helped start two Christ-centered residential programs for addicts. In all he spent 20 plus years on staff with His Mansion Ministries as well as serving as one of their board members for several years. (www.hismansion.com)
Since 1994 Lew has lived in Palm Bay Florida with his family. Shortly after moving to Florida Lew started working at Hope Ministries as a missionary. He also spent over nine years working as the recovery pastor at his former church, Zion Christian Church (now called CerterPointe Church). He is licensed by the state of Florida as a Certified Addictions Prevention Professional (CAPP) and has had over 35 years of hands on experience counseling and helping the addicted. As a former substance abuser and heroin addict himself, Lew speaks authoritatively to the issues involved in recovery from: drugs, alcohol and sexual addictions.
Since 1996 Lew has been going to churches throughout the US and Canada offering his experience and wisdom as he helps churches learn to reach out to the hurting and the addicted in their community. His facilitator training seminars have been instrumental in helping many churches develop and expand their ability to minister to the hurting and the addicted in and around the church.
Lew’s two fold passion is to see Christ-centered recovery ministries operating in churches all around the country, and to help equip the next generation of addictions counselors. When he is not traveling, Lew can be found at Hope Ministries where he leads support groups, and counsel's addicts, as well as teaching classes to people who want to learn how to minister to the addicted.
You can send Lew an email by clicking here: Lew@LGervais.com