Athens Review, Athens, Texas

February 18, 2014

12-step recovery program starts new chapter

Chapman House held first church service Sunday for residents

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — The Chapman House in Eustace, a 12-step recovery program for men, has started a new chapter. The facility will welcome the pastor from Pinnacle Church each Sunday to facilitate church services.

The Rev. Bob Bell held the first service at Chapman House on Sunday.  Bell says the Pinnacle Church is a non-denominational Bible church.  Bell, who moved to Cedar Creek Lake about two years ago, said he and his wife met the founder of Chapman House, Kevin Chapman, and knew they wanted to get involved in his ministry.

Bell said, “We don't just serve them, they also serve us. We are very blessed.”

Bell was speaking about the residents of Chapman House. He said some churches and communities don't want these people. He said The Pinnacle Church does.

During Sunday-evening services, Chapman introduced two new residents of the Chapman House.

“These men are here to start a new life,” he said.

First Baptist Church of Eustace also holds a bible study class at the facility for residents who are interested. 

The Chapman House is an all-men's Transitional Living Facility and Halfway House. Chapman said the goal of the facility is to help restore families, and make the community a better place to live.

“We are the largest non-profit, all-men's Transitional Living Facility serving Henderson County and surrounding areas in northeast Texas,” said Chapman.  “We provide safe, affordable housing for men suffering with alcohol and drug addictions.  Our residents include men on probation and parole who are seeking a new way of life in an alcohol and drug-free environment.”

In addition to the new church services at Chapman House, Larry Brisendin will be volunteering at the facility as an addiction counselor.

According  to Jim Romer, Chapman House Board member, Brisendin will be assisting residents in their efforts towards recovery, and setting new goals in their lives.

Brisendin and his wife Rachel have raised two sons, who are married and have children of their own.  The Brisendins moved to the Cedar Creek Lake area last year from Houston.

Larry is a recent graduate from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master's in Biblical Counseling.  The Brisendins are active members of the Pinnacle Church.

Brisendin most recently volunteered and performed graduate-level work with maximum-security level  juvenile male youth,  government-sheltered male and female foster-care teens.

Brisendin also worked with private alternative-schooled male youth in the east and Fair Park areas of Dallas. 

Church Services will be held each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Chapman House, 208 Oak St., Eustace. Chapman and his wife, Donna, said, “Everyone is welcome to attend.”

For more information, and volunteer opportunities at the Chapman House, visit the website