OUR HEART FOR PEOPLE

We strive to help individuals who feel like they’ve hit “rock bottom” and give them an opportunity to step up and develop the tools needed for long term recovery. Our hope is that through our own experiences of deliverance and developing a personal relationship with God; we can lead people out of darkness into a life of love and fulfillment. Our program is developed to break the chains of addiction and give everyone an opportunity to mentor others faced with the same paradox. We provide resources through our staff and our partnerships with organizations within our community. We bring an awareness to the living, and powerful word of God - manifested through a personal relationship.

board members

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Nicole Monroe
Founder / Exec. Dir.

Nicole has been working in mental health and recovery services for 7 years. She is a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist and Outreach Specialist currently working with Creoks Behavorial Health.

Nicole was born in Florida, grew up in 7 different states but has spent most of her years in Colorado, California and Oklahoma. She is the mother of 2 growing boys (14 and 3 years old).  The family enjoys the great outdoors as time, and weather permit.

Nicole was baptized into the Family of God in 2014 and received a vision about helping others recover from substance abuse. As she matured in her own spiritual life Nicole came to understand that true, long lasting freedom and recovery can only come from entering into the Family of God. FREEDOM FOLLOWERS MINISTRIES is her “calling” in life and she cherishes the relationships she builds as she helps others discover their unique calling and value in God’s Family.

Click HERE to read Nicole's own powerful testimony of recovery

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RHONDA BEAR

Rhonda Bear is the Founder and Director of His House Outreach Ministries, which includes 9 women’s transition homes across the state and is expanding to serve men coming out of prison. Rhonda has a strong desire to assist in the rebuilding of the broken family structure.
 

Rhonda is also the founder of She Brews Coffee House. She Brews is an "out of the ordinary" coffee shop that was created for the purpose of hiring formally incarcerated women, allowing a community to know the women instead of just their criminal record.

 

She is the mother of 3 wonderful children, grandmother to 7 amazing grandchildren and married to a wonderful husband, Steve Bear  who is helping her achieve her dreams. Rhonda has graduated from Tulsa Community College with a degree in Community Program Management & Northeastern State University with a degree in Social Work.


She currently serves on Oklahoma's Governor task force for 2nd chances and is an advocate in the legislative arena. Many people know Rhonda from her work with Stand in the Gap Ministries and She Brews Coffee Houses.

 

Rhonda is ideally suited to serve on the board of Freedom Followers Ministries and we are honored and thankful to have her wealth of experience and knowledge available to us.

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RICHARD HONEY

Richard is originally from England and, having legally lived in America since the late 1980's, he became an American citizen in 2019. Richard has operated a variety of business's over the years - including software development, general contracting (build outs of retail and church), magazine publishing and restaurant ownership.

Before moving to Claremore OK, Richard lived in Colorado where he heard the call of God on his life telling him to stop being an "ordinary" Christian and become a disciple of Jesus Christ. In 2006 Richard and his wife raised up a ministry to house the homeless, feed and clothe the poor and preach the good news of the Gospel. God instructed them to move to Claremore in 2017.

Richard is a pastor, life coach (with a focus on Kingdom Living for Jesus) and passionate believer in calling the 'Church' out of the pews to work in partnership with Jesus to raise disciples. He is an avid teacher, preacher and Jesus Lover.

Richard brings a wealth of business expertise along with knowledge and practical experience in working with the disadvantaged to create programs and relationships that benefit individuals and families.

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TARA CLEM

Tara was born and raised in Oklahoma. She was brought up in a loving, Christian home. Both parents were amazing servants of God. Tara is a proud mother of one, caring little boy.

 

In her teens and early adulthood, Tara got into drugs and alcohol and became a prisoner to her own addiction. All glory to God, she changed her life around. In 2019, her mother was diagnosed with leukemia. Tara, then, dedicated her life to being a caregiver for her mother. When the illness became terminal she was forced to say goodbye. In 2020, Tara’s mom left this world singing praises to Jesus.

 

Tara has since devoted her life to sharing the depths of God’s love.  Tara is currently working for Midland Mortgage, in the foreclosure department, where she’s been for 8 years. Tara is more than qualified to serve on this board as a minister and secretarial consultant.

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CHRIS FLANAGAN

Chris Flanagan graduated in 2005 from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Master of Social Work program with a certificate in Substance Abuse Studies.   Upon graduation, Chris developed the first Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment Team in the state of North Carolina using the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) IDDT model.  His team was awarded the NC Council of Community Program’s “Excellence in Best Practice Services: 2007 Programs of Excellence Award”.  His team was also nominated for SAMHSA’s national “Science to Service Award” in 2007 where the team was presented as a model for sustainability.

Following his work with specialty teams for addiction and mental health, he was hired to help design and then manage a short-term crisis and recovery center in Henderson, North Carolina.  This was followed by him working as a national consultant on crisis centers as well as the implementation of the behavioral health recovery model using peer support.  He provided consult to the State of Texas’ mental health hospitals and MHMR centers on transforming their programs to embrace a recovery model.  He also provided consult to a variety of providers in the states of California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania on peer support and crisis centers. 

 

Chris currently serves as the Director of Grant Administration and Development for CREOKS Health Services Inc. where he has written and project managed more than $10 million in behavioral health projects since 2013.  In addition to his work in grants, he also serves as the company’s lead for whole health/wellness initiatives, integrated care (medical and behavioral health), as well as peer support.  Chris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in the state of Oklahoma and resides in Edmond.

Chris brings his knowledge of the Oklahoma professional treatment community, evidence-based practices, and federal and state funding opportunities to support the success of this ministry.