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Anthony Ordille was born in Hammonton, New Jersey, to a truck driver and a stay-at-home mom, with three brothers and two sisters. He attended Catholic school, then graduated from a public high school in 1976. Anthony walked away from serving God as a teen, becoming rebellious and hateful, and did things he is not proud of.
Anthony lived a destructive life filled with alcohol, drugs, lying, cheating, stealing, adulterous acts, and rock ’n’ roll until he was thirty-two when he entered a rehab that introduced him to 12-step programs. Throughout the more than sixteen years of this type of living, some of the choices of drugs were: marijuana, speed, LSD, smoking crack, cocaine, shooting heroin, and just about anything else in between. He was drinking beer and hard liquor sometimes from the time he got up to the time he passed out for days on end. There were times when Anthony wanted to go to sleep and never wake up because of the pain he felt. This almost came true when he just had enough one night and decided to take his own life. God had other plans and would not allow death to happen, so when he saw that he was in trouble, he ran to his family for help.
That night ended his misery and started a whole new chapter in his life. After going through a detox, his family brought him to Riverside House Rehab Center, where he spent the next 30 days learning about who he was. As he was in rehabilitation, he saw the poem "Footprints in the Sand" hanging on the wall and thought that all those years he was away from God, walking by himself, was a waste of time. One day as he was reading the poem, he asked God for forgiveness and heard God say, "Anthony, it was not your prints in the sand walking alone but mine carrying you." When Anthony told God some years back that he did not want anything to do with him, God knew that he did not mean it, so God never left. That was when he turned his life back toward God. God was forgiving and merciful.
After rehab, Anthony went to NA/AA meetings and became involved in both organizations for five years, speaking at meetings, jails, and other institutions and holding various positions. Within those five years, he knew there was more to life than just working and attending meetings, so he started to get less involved. A few years later, Anthony’s lifestyle began to change. He started to hang out more and more around the bar for lunch and with people who drank, and one weekend he began to drink again. He only had a beer here and there, but it became comfortable. The weekends started to be filled with drinking at the camping grounds until one day his life fell apart.
Ten years after being in rehab, Anthony found himself in a position he never thought would happen. Even though he did not get back into drugs, he noticed his drinking was starting to get out of control, and his wife also saw it and left him. He knew that Jesus Christ had to become first in his life. That is when, on October 9, 1998, Anthony decided to accept Jesus as the Lord of his life.
Anthony started going to church right after he got saved, joined the choir, and was a soundboard operator for a short time. He did whatever needed to be done, like clean up after a food drive, youth dance, etcetera. After one and a half years, he started attending a church on Sunday nights, which became his full-time church for the next four years. He was asked to join the worship team and even was asked by the pastor to work by his side during ministry at times and was part of the state-wide prayer ministry for New Jersey.
Within that time, Anthony had taken a job with Sam’s Club as a night stocker. Within three months he became Personnel Manager, and within nine months, he was promoted into management. That position led the Ordille’s to move to two other states. When he was in Pennsylvania, he took a home study course from the World Harvest Bible College External Studies located in Columbus, Ohio, and would get involved with a local church as much as the job let him. During his years at Sam's Club, he had made the market field his service to God by evangelizing inside the walls. This was great when he was a Personnel Manager; they would come to him for prayer and direction. Anthony left that job to relocate to the Fort Worth, Texas, area to pursue ministry. After getting settled in, the Ordille family joined Eagle Mountain International Church, where he got involved with the men’s group and prayer, along with other areas of ministry within the four years they attended EMIC.
Anthony became certified as a Therapon Belief Therapist (CBT) with The Therapon Institute Texas branch. He completed the Associate Degree Program of Christian Studies with a 3.8 (ACS), The Bachelor Degree Program in Church Ministry with a 3.9 (BCh.M), and all his certifications to be a Licensed Minister through The Sure Foundation Fellowship. In the summer of 2010, the Ordille family started to attend Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, and that fall, they became members. Jumping right into volunteering, Anthony joined the usher team and, in January 2012, was asked to be a captain. In June of that year was asked to be overseer at one of the new campuses, the Fort Worth Campus, and in January of 2013, he was invited to apply for the Deacon Ministry. On March 18, 2013, he was ordained in the Deacon Ministry.
Furthering the mission field, in the spring of 2013, Anthony Ordille published his first book about his life, An Injection of Faith: One Addicts Journey to Deliverance. In the process of this book being read by people all across the land and testimonies on how much it changed their lives, Anthony decided to publish a second book in 2016, 12 Steps to an Addictive Free Life, along with a workbook that will be worked as a Christ-centric Biblical 12-step program called Addiction-Free Life, with God and his son Jesus being the higher power that delivers all addictions. In 2021 he extended his writings by releasing a book that would help Christians read through the Bible within a year, My Daily Scriptures: A Day-by-Day Bible Reading Guide. Over the next few years, Anthony released Breaking the Chains of Addiction: An Introduction to Addiction-Free Life, Overcome Addiction by God’s Grace: 12 Steps to Freedom, a revised title for the Addiction-Free Life program with added chapters, and his first fiction book, The Itinerary—A Christian historical fiction of Jesus in the wilderness.
Anthony, a father of two with one adopted son, now resides in Dalzell, South Carolina, with his son, Jarred, and is actively involved at Christ Community Church. He hopes his life experiences will inspire those struggling with addictions to find the truth and follow his lead to hope, peace, and forgiveness through his testimony and the program.
You can connect with Anthony Ordille @ link.anthonyordille.com/ConnectLandingPage.