Danny Duchene had been in prison for twenty years serving a double life sentence when he first read Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life. The book changed Duchene’s life and led to the beginning of a “Purpose Driven Church” group in the prison, and the introduction of the Celebrate Recovery program, which became the standard program in Duchene’s prison as well as many others. In the 13 years since Duchene life was changed, the same programs have changed thousands of lives in prisons as they followed the example of the programs Duchene helped to start. Rick Warren then asked the parole board to release Duchene so he could add him to the staff at Saddleback Church. When they agreed, Duchene became a pastor at the church. When the church installed him, he shared his journey with the church as part of series of sermons titled, “The Miracle of Mercy.” –Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Rick Warren Appoints Just-Freed Prisoner as Saddleback Church Pastor, By Johnnie Moore, http://www.charismanews.com/us/56249-rick-warren-appoints-just-freed-prisoner-as-saddleback-church-pastor , Accessed April 4, 2016.
Titus 2:14 (HCSB) “He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.”