Life Recovery Conference Speakers

Steve Arterburn – Editor of The Life Recovery Bible and host of New Life Live!

Steve is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on over 150 stations nationwide, on SiriusXM Satellite radio and on NRBTV.

Steve is a best-selling author of many books, including The Book of Life Recovery. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He’s been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible.

Becky Brown – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and co-host of New Life Live!

Becky is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been with New Life Ministries for over 20 years. She began work with New Life Clinics in private practice and was part of the Counselor network from its beginning. Becky has worked at the New Life Workshops since 2003. She often says she is New Life’s biggest fan- due to having had a front row seat to how God has worked in the lives of so many people over the years!

Becky is the co-author of Understanding and Loving a Person with Bipolar Disorder, 100 Days to Freedom from Fear and Anxiety and 100 Days to Freedom from Anger. Becky is a co-producer and writer for Life Recovery Today TV. Throughout her career at New Life, Becky has held many roles and considers it a privilege to now to serve as the President of New Life Ministries.

Becky and her husband Bruce live in Ohio and enjoy spending time with their adult kids and grandchildren – usually on a boat on the lake.

Terri Ward – Life Recovery Groups Coordinator for New Life Ministries

Terri came to New Life Ministries in 2020 after completing a degree in substance abuse counseling. She oversees the Life Recovery Groups Network, coaches new group leaders, and provides guidance and support to over 400 existing groups. She is also a contributor to the content and design of the Life Recovery Groups Website. Terri has 15 years of personal recovery experience, which began in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Through working the 12 Steps, she came to know Jesus. Terri served on the steering committee of Drug Addicts Anonymous and facilitated meetings in treatment centers and recovery houses for three years before launching her first Christ Centered Recovery group at City Church International in Dallas, TX. It was there that she first encountered Life Recovery and it is now her passion to equip leaders to make Jesus known through Life Recovery, in every community across the US and beyond.

Terri is a native Texan. However, she and her husband Michael now live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where Michael is the senior pastor of Hilltop Country Church.

Alena Alsruhe – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Writer

Alena is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been with New Life Ministries for 8 years. She and her husband attended a New Life Marriage Workshop and their marriage was forever changed! She is part of the Counselor network and has worked as a facilitator at the New Life Workshops. Alena has a private counseling practice with a focus on trauma recovery as well as helps individuals in the area of fitness, and health. Alena is the co-author to the New Life Devotional, “100 Days to Freedom from Overeating,” author of her recent ebook “Overcoming Barriers to Healthy Living” and contributor to the Club New Life Video Library.

Alena and her husband Brian live in Maryland and enjoy spending time with their 2 Rhodesian Ridgeback Dogs as well as family and friends. They are typically walking in the woods or paddle boarding on the lake. She loves strength training to worship music and since she is Armenian, she and her family love cooking and gathering together to enjoy!

Eric Thomas – LMFT, MTh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Eric is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended Fuller Seminary and received his Masters in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. Following Seminary, Eric continued his education and earned an additional Master’s in Counseling. For the past 20 years Eric has been working as a Therapist in Private Practice, where he specializes in trauma and addictions. He is trained in evidence-based practices for trauma and addictions including Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR) and Seeking Safety. He also serves as Vice President of Mental Health for a Community Mental Health Center, where therapists and multidisciplinary staff provide treatment for children and youth who suffer from abuse, neglect, trauma, and addictions.