Name: Pastor Troy Vaughn
Bio: Pastor of Inglewood Community Church
Troy was a victim of drug and alcohol addiction for several years. After rededicating his life back to Christ in December of 1992, Troy found himself at the doors of the Union Rescue Mission (U.R.M.) in downtown Los Angeles. The U.R.M. has a Christian Life Recovery program that helps men and women get back on their feet. While in the program Troy saw the need for a type of service that would augment the efforts of the mission (transitional housing).
Troy completed the program with high expectations not only from his peers, but also from the staff. Prior to leaving the mission, Troy returned back to school to earn dual degrees in business and religion. He would go on to graduate with honors. Troy would become very active in the church he was attending, becoming a member of the evangelistic team as well as the young adults’ ministry.
While Troy was happy serving God at his church, there still remained a burning desire to help those who were still suffering from the ills that he himself had overcome. Troy would begin to speak at various churches as well as para-church organizations on the subject of drug addiction. In 1996, Troy would move to the City of Inglewood and receive his ordination as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Fueled by a burning desire to see men and women delivered from the chains of addiction, Troy would form C.C.M. C.C.M. would begin working tirelessly with the missions of the downtown skid-row area, in an effort to build bridges for men and women trying to transition out of their recovery treatment programs. Working with local churches in the City of Inglewood, C.C.M. would form alliances that would serve as avenues for the graduates once they left the mission’s program.
Van ministries would be birthed at local churches to pick-up graduates from the missions. This would serve as the catalyst to institute recovery based teaching components at the local churches in an effort to better educate the church members on the plight of the individuals they are trying to help. In addition it offers a unique style of teaching that deals with everyday struggles. This partnership has been successful with many churches, but none more so than Inglewood Community Church.
Troy serves as Pastor at Inglewood Community Church (community fellowship arm to CCM), where they have a thriving recovery class that is taught every second Friday night, as well as a van ministry that picks up men and women monthly from the U.R.M. of downtown’s skid-row area. C.C.M. received its non-profit status from the federal government in April of 1999 and has made plans to build its first transitional home by the summer of 2007.
C.C.M. has received several commendations for their efforts in terms of dealing with the plight of the homeless. C.C.M. has an outreach ministry that travels and ministers to the homeless on a monthly basis. By supplying food and clothing to the downtrodden, C.C.M. touches thousands of lives annually. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the past four years, C.C.M. participated in huge outreach efforts to raise funds for the homeless, as well as adopting a group of men from the program to make sure their holidays were special.