John Baker

John Baker is the founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry started at Saddleback Church. Over the last twenty-three years, it is estimated that more than 3.5 million people have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program. There are currently 30,000+ churches that have weekly meetings. John and his wife Cheryl have been married over four decades and have served together in Celebrate Recovery since 1991. They have two adult children, Laura and Johnny, and five grandchildren.

Books by this Author

Life's Healing Choices Revised and Updated
Life's Healing Choices Small Group Study
Life's Healing Choices Guided Journal
Ocho decisiones sanadoras (Life's Healing Choices)
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Never give up on your dreams.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Being a perfectionist

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Mastering the piano and saxophone

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord and Jesus, You're the Center of My Joy,

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Dependability

Author Voices

January 12, 2009

Ever since the victory of Barack Obama, people ask me what the Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation would have thought about this historic event. More than 30 years ago when I started researching the lives of the 274 African Americans enslaved on the plantation, I never imagined such a question. When I interviewed more than 25 descendants of Wessyngton slaves, I never thought to ask them that question. When I spent hours talking with Mrs. Ann Nixon Cooper, the 106-year-old lady from Atlanta whom President-elect Obama spoke about so eloquently in his acceptance speech, she and I never spoke about that possibility in her lifetime. Yet here it is. My great... see more