In the News: The Daybreak Fellowship

February 9, 2015

[caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignleft" width="300"]BenFloyd Ben Floyd of The Daybreak Fellowship (from Asheville Citizen-Times)[/caption]               [This article appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times on February 6, 2015. ┬áDale Neal, writer; Katie Bailey, photographer] What alcoholics can teach the church Ben Floyd makes no secret of a story he's often shared in church basements. Drinking and drugging at age 12. Never a DUI or a stay in jail, but no stranger to despair. On Nov. 3, 1999, Floyd started yet another day with vodka and orange juice and few bong hits. It was 10 a.m., a typical morning. "Within five minutes I was rolling on the ground, struggling, calling for help. It was the first time I reached out for help. It was God doing for me what I couldn't do for myself." At age 26, he headed to Atlanta and sobered up at a rehab center. Now Floyd, 42, is sharing his story from the pulpit of a church chapel. Conversion stories are not uncommon, running from the biblical account of Paul on the Damascus Road to the share often heard in meetings of 12 Step recovery groups. Floyd heads Daybreak Fellowship, a new faith community that borrows some ideas from Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 Step recovery groups that have helped millions of alcoholics, addicts, gamblers, overeaters and other troubled souls turn their lives around. Based at Central United Methodist Church downtown, Daybreak is trying to bring the language of recovery into a worship setting, offering hope and healing for not just alcoholics and addicts but anyone with deep pain. Read the entire article at the Asheville Citizen-Times