PIKETON — Twice each month Paul Price, a judge of Pike County Court, and attorney, visits the Freedom Hall Drug Rehabilitation Center. His purpose for being there supersedes bringing charges against anyone, but to tell them about someone — Jesus Christ.
In addition to his work in law, Price said has taught a variety of classes at his church in Waverly over the years.
“Freedom Hall is a residential drug and alcohol rehab (center) operated by New Beginnings Church. There are about 40 people in the class. Men and women,”Price said. “I’ve taught bible study at my church, Grace United Methodist Church of Waverly, in various classes over the past several years. The opportunity to teach at Freedom Hall came to me last fall and I started teaching in October.”
He said having the opportunity to reach out and share the gospel message with the group at the Freedom Hall is something that he enjoys immensely.
“My wife Carly is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and works for The Recovery Council. The Recovery Council provides counseling services at Freedom Hall and that is where she works,” Price said.”
Angie Pelphrey is the director Freedom Hall and her husband Barry is the pastor. Angie Pelphrey works as the Recovery Administrator at New Beginnings, said Price brings hope those who attend his Bible studies.
“I think in the beginning, we were kind of surprised that he would be willing to do that,” Angie Pelphrey said. “But, knowing his heart, his love for people and love for the Lord. It was just one of those exceptional things, that he would be willing to come here and pour his heart out and to show how real he is and to give them something positive when the majority of the time he has to sentence them, or put them in jail. He has given them hope, and the word of Jesus Christ, and we have just think it is amazing.”
Some of the participants in Price’s Bible study sessions were apprehensive initially.
“I can tell you that in the beginning, some of them were a little hesitant, but what has happened has been remarkable,” Pelphrey said. “They have been asking him questions, which can be somewhat of a challenge for some of our people who have a tendency to shy away from authority figures. They are really taking him in now, and seeing him as another person instead of just an authority figure. They are seeing that he is also human.”
Pelphrey said it is obvious by the responses, that Price is making a tremendous difference in the lives of the people that he comes into contact with at the Recovery Hall.
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