About Our TeamHere to help you find a dynamic love relationship with Jesus Christ
Dr. Paul Kingsbury – Pastor of North Love Baptist Church and Co-Founder/Chairman RU Recovery Ministries
Dr. Paul Kingsbury was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord Jesus as his personal Savior at five years of age. At sixteen he surrendered to serve Christ with his life under the preaching ministry of Dr. Jack Hyles of Hammond, Indiana. He began preaching in jails, nursing homes and rescue missions. He attended Maranatha Baptist Bible College and graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1976.
While in Bible College training for the ministry, Dr. Kingsbury was introduced to the ministries of North Love Baptist Church in Rockford Illinois, near the city of Chicago. Becoming a member of North Love in 1972, Brother Kingsbury served and was mentored under the ministry of Dr. James Alley. Dr. Kingsbury has been the senior pastor of North Love since 1982, with a congregation that has grown to nine hundred regular attending members. In 1996 Dr. Kingsbury founded Reformers Unanimous along with Steve Curington, and has served as Chairman of the board since it’s inception.
He is an active part in the Schools of Discipleship, his warm, Bible preaching, tender heart and balanced approach to the Christian life have a major impact on students. Pastor Kingsbury has a great heart for those with addictions his teaching and preaching can be of great benefit to your flight to freedom.
Steve Curington – Founder
Steve was the founder of Reformers Unanimous addiction program, and the RU Schools of Discipleship. He died suddenly of a heart attack on October 30, 2010. His unexpected death has cast a vibrant ripple effect across the Reformers Unanimous nation of students, directors, leaders, disciples, and well-wishers. Mr. Curington was a powerful force. Steve, a husband and father of five children, was so young to die. He was only 45, but he accomplished more in 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We mourn the loss of Steve Curington along with the thousands of individuals who have been impacted by his ministry. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.
Brother Curington’s teachings are still a key element to our students’ spiritual growth, and development. These are not warmed over truths culled from a book, but these are truths that God gave Steve, these truths are still taught through our curriculum, chapels, and at various times in Friday night class.
Donnie Barnes – Housing Director
Donnie Barnes came to the ministries of RU in the beginning of 2007 with a crippling addiction to crack-cocaine. After graduating the Men’s Discipleship home, Donnie continued his spiritual growth in the Post-Graduate Program, under the mentoring and leadership of Ben Burks and Steve Curington.
Since that time, Donnie has worked in various positions throughout the ministries of RU, all of which have equipped him to successfully take on his current position as Housing Director. Currently, Donnie oversees the start to finish of each student that walks through the doors of both the men and ladies homes, as well as assisting in the administration of the National Office.
Donnie graduated from North Love Baptist Bible College with a degree in Pastoral Theology in 2014. Donnie married his wife Hannah in 2008 and they have been serving the Lord in the RU Recovery Schools of Discipleship every since.
Larry Pierson – Dean of Men
Larry Pierson has been an employee with RU Recovery for 10 years. He was instrumental in starting the RU Schools of Discipleship with Steve Curington during their inception and has returned to function in the role as Dean of Men. Larry graduated with his bachelor’s degree in counseling and is presently in graduate school to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Larry has been married to his wife, Charlene, for 35 years and they have seven children and nine grandchildren.
Hannah Barnes – Dean of Women
Hannah Barnes grew up in Rockford, IL in a non-Christian home. Throughout her childhood, Hannah watched as her father was crippled by an addiction to heroin and alcohol. Despite her troubled up-bringing, Hannah, along with her sisters and mother were reached for Christ through the ministries of North Love Baptist Church. Hannah went on to West Coast Baptist College to train for the ministry, graduating in 2006, and is currently working towards receiving her bachelor’s degree in counseling.
Hannah married her husband, Donnie Barnes, in 2008. They both have served in the RU housing ministry in various capacities since that time. As of April 2012, Mrs. Barnes assumed the role of Dean of Women for the RU Schools of Discipleship as well as the Intervention Mentor.
Dale Akin – Student Intervention Mentor
Dale was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. After graduating from Hyles-Anderson College in 1994 with a B.S. in church ministries, he and his wife moved to California where he served as the Assistant Pastor at Arlington Baptist Church in Richmond for 4 years. At this time he and his family moved back to the Cleveland area. While attending and serving in the church, sinful behavior which turned into an addiction was crippling and damaging his walk with God. This resulted in a decision to come to Rockford to the Men’s School of Discipleship in 2003. After completion of the program Dale returned to his home and served at his church faithfully for the next 8 years. In the summer of 2011, Dale and his family moved to Rockford, IL to become members of North Love Baptist Church. In April of 2012 he took a position as an Assistant Steward at the Men’s Home and as of June 2012 he became the Intervention Mentor. Dale currently resides in Rockford, IL with his wife, Arischa and their five children.
Shirley Rawlins – Assistant Dean of Women
Shirley Rawlins entered the Women’s Home in August of 2011 with a crippling addiction to heroin, amongst many other sins. Immediately upon graduation of the Discipleship Home, Shirley began volunteering as a monitor. Faithfully serving in her role as volunteer for nearly 2 years, the Lord opened the doors for Shirley to step into the position as Head Steward. After fulfilling the role of Steward, the Lord blessed Shirley with her current position as Assistant Dean at the RU Ladies School of Discipleship. Shirley also has a daughter, Jadyn and in November of 2013, Shirley married her husband, Travis. The Rawlins’ family currently resides in Rockford, IL.
Kenny Starling – Head Steward
Kenny Starling entered the Men’s School of Discipleship in July of 2013 with a 30-year addiction to opiates and alcohol. Kenny graduated the Men’s Home in February of 2014 where he began serving in the RUI National Office. In March of 2015, the Lord opened the doors for Kenny to step into the position of Assistant Steward. After fulfilling this role, Kenny was promoted to the Head Steward position. After spending 30 years in bondage, Kenny has truly experienced freedom in Christ.
Jim Milhone – Steward
Jim Milhone began working for RU in September of 2014 as a way to keep his grandchildren in a Christian school. Married for more than 50 years with 3 children and 5 grandchildren, he was saved at the age of 35. He worked in the local industry for 30 years but started college after meeting the Lord. After retiring he became a school teacher but continued his education until he had a Master’s degree in Bible.
He is the weekend steward, which results in two very long days. What may seem like a tedious work schedule affords him the time to teach in our Bible College as well as going catfishing at his leisure.
While he is the only member of the Men’s team that did not go through the home, it was only because as it did not exist when he needed help. Giving control of your life to God and giving Him that stubborn habit will lead to lifelong victory if you are sincere.
Mary Beth Grindinger – Head Steward
Mary Beth Grindinger came to the Ladies School of Discipleship in March of 2012 with no meaning or purpose in her life. Since the age of 21, she has used drugs, pills, and alcohol over the years to numb the empty ache within but they only made the pain worse. Mary Beth had grown up in a Christian home but never realized that God wanted a relationship with me and had a plan for my life. Through the program, she learned how to communicate with God and rely on Him for everything. He revealed to her that His purpose for her life was to help other hurting women find real hope in life through the power of Christ. She now works as the Head Steward at the Women’s Home and enjoys being a part of other people’s recovery, while also fulfilling her calling in life.