The Genesis Process provides both a Biblical and neuro-chemical understanding of what is broken that causes us to be self-destructive.

If we don't first understand what is broken, how can we devise a recovery plan that really works? We believe the best evangelism is a changed life. Therefore it is the goal of The Genesis Process and Programs to be intimately involved as part of the body of Christ in the Great Commission through the successful restoration of broken lives.

For the first time in history we are beginning to understand what is broken when we continue to do self-destructive behaviors (addictions).

The Bible and other literature have told us for literally thousands of years that if we want to change who we are and what we do, we have to change our heart. New understanding from brain research shows us how trauma (abuse and neglect) can distort who we are and what we believe. Genesis is intentional about initiating lasting heart (brain) changes, thus bringing healing to what drives destructive behavior rather than just coping with it. 


Michael is a product of the sixties and seventies.


Like so many others he got caught up in the search for the truth and the meaning of life. He spent twelve years studying and practicing many religions and philosophies. After becoming a Christian in 1979 his focus shifted to helping hurting and addicted people change. He wanted answers as to why people who were stuck in destructive compulsive behaviors were unable to change. He pioneered many ministries including a soup kitchen, a mental hospital outreach, cult deprogramming, and drug and alcohol rehabs. In 1987 Michael and his wife Cathy became full time missionaries with Youth With A Mission. Where they had an opportunity to work with addicts in many cultural settings around the world.

One common experience prevailed:
hopelessness and chronic relapse.

Michael decided to go back to school in search of some answers. He graduated from the University Of The Nations Additive Behavioral School and the Bethany College State Addictions Certification Program and has over six thousand hours of continuing education in the field. He became a California, National Level II and International Certified Addictions Counselor. In 1990 Michael and his wife Cathy opened their own residential treatment program and in 1989 became the Program Director for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, a large one year residential program for eighty men and women in 1996. It was in these settings that he was able to apply his research and experience to develop the Genesis Process for relapse prevention. In 2000 due to the success of this program Michael has been working full time training counselors and churches in Genesis Counseling skills. Along with his private practice he works as a consultant to integrate Genesis into a variety of programs and churches. He currently lives in Ventura CA.


Participant Stories

Roy and Nancy's Story

"We have almost completed Change Book 1, and the Lord has taken down the walls of hurt (that) both of us have let stand, holding Christ at a distance from us."

Harold's Story

"This process really works. A lot of these guys have been in and out of prison so much andthey are just now understanding why they keep returning to their old behaviors.  To watch the freedom these people are getting is beyond words!"

Gay's Story

"I got to the very roots of all of my addictions. With the pain healed, there is now no need to hide from anything, and life has taken on huge new joy and meaning.""


Chris' Story

"The Genesis Process and the grace and mercy of God open insight to the true levels of deception you are constantly battling. For anyone who truly wants the healing hands of the Holy Spirit to deliver you from whatever issue has kept you from sanity and coming closer Christ; I strongly recommend you engage The Genesis Process."

Agency Endorsements

Dean Perry's Experience

"What I've seen over and over is that grace takes time, it's inconvenient and costly, but it transforms. (The Genesis Process) really works for those who desire to change."

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