Cheri Peter's Story
Celebrating Life In Recovery
International speaker and television personality, Cheri Peters, is the creator of the “Celebrating
Life In Recovery” program. Available worldwide, a new recovery group starts meetings here in
Louisville this February.
In 1994, Peters founded True Step Ministries (www.truestep.org), a non-profit organization that
provides support for recovery from every kind of dysfunction, abuse or addiction. Peters speaks
to audiences around the world in prisons, rehab centers, schools, churches and on the streets.
She presents a disruptive, hope-filled message about a God who is crazy about you, who
longs to heal you, and who delights in your recovery. She ought to know.
Peters was born to 14 and 16 year old addicts. Abused and unwanted from infancy, she
began using drugs at age 11. Her first high was the first time in her life she didn’t feel like killing
herself. At 13, she was pregnant and living on the streets of Los Angeles. For the next 10 years,
she was involved in some incredibly twisted things. Still, they were less damaging than her
home had been because she no longer expected to be loved. She found if she could just take
enough drugs, she could survive anything.
At 23, Peters hit rock bottom. Living in a drug house, strung out on heroin, she was trying to kill
herself when God showed up. He gave her a glimpse of the way he sees her: a beautiful and
innocent child. She told God, “I’ve never been innocent.” And he told her, “I’ve never seen
you any other way.” Her life changed forever. She got clean, attained her GED and began
working in the health field before entering full-time ministry.
As Peters stepped into normal life, she was surprised to find how many “normal” people had
serious issues. Anxiety, anger, abuse, depression, divorce, eating disorders, self-mutilation, sex
addiction, suicide. Everywhere she looked, lives were a mess. She says, “It was this realization
that gave me the idea for the Celebrating Life in Recovery program. People need help to
escape the mess and experience a life worth celebrating!” The program has been developed
by a team of people who each have their own story of dysfunction and who have
experienced the healing power of God.
“Celebrating Life in Recovery” takes a biblical approach to restoring people to sanity.
Participants are part of a supportive group who open up to each other and to God, allowing
His Spirit to lead them into healing. Powerful real-life stories are used from the popular television
series, “Celebrating Life in Recovery,” hosted by Peters on Three Angels Broadcasting Network
(www.3abn.org). Sessions are led by people already in recovery, sharing their own journey to
healing. In that supportive environment members learn to surrender to God and let Him guide
them through the process of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual recovery.
The Louisville group will begin meeting on Thursdays between February 2 – May 4 at the Twin
Peaks Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 7pm. Contact 720-890-3767, or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.