Will Thornton

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Will was born on December 4, 1966 in Dallas Texas.  He began using drugs at age twelve and plunged into an addiction that lasted about thirty-five years. Over a span of nearly ten years, Will had been in and out of rehab centers to no avail. Will hit rock bottom in 2004 when he was arrested for a felony awakening him to get his life together. One day in 2007, while Will was staying with his mother in Dallas, he was suddenly struck with the reality of why Jesus died for us. He realized in a moment that he needed to quit living his life distant from God and live it for Him. Will didn’t get it all together that year. He still struggled with addiction here and there and needed the help of other believers and the structure of a discipleship ministry.

In 2015, Will contacted Reconciliation Outreach for help and was admitted. Over the past two and a half years of residing at R|O, he has grown immensely, serving as head of maintenance and co-leading as a house leader in the phase 2 residential home. Will has become a family and team member of R|O. Will says, “my relationship with Christ and others here at R|O is the key to success.”  Since Will has been at R|O, his relationship with his mother has been healed and he has reconnected with his father who has reconciled his relationship with Jesus. Will’s mother trusts him and her confidence in him has been restored.

Will is graduating our eighteen-month intern program and is joining the R|O staff as head of our maintenance department.

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