At the heart of this ministry, you will find the people that keep this program alive and breathing. Many of our staff members have graduated from a Teen Challenge program or other similar discipleship program. Their individual testimonies speak of the life experiences which more than qualify them to be true leaders and examples to our students. Each individual who works for our program has been blessed with spiritual and vocational gifts, and together, they work to fulfill the call that has been placed on our heart--the call to change the lives of the lost and hurting who are in desperate need of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
David Day, Executive Director
I was saved at 9 years old and raised in a Christian family. I’m the youngest of ten children. As soon as I graduated from high school I married my high school sweetheart, Judy. I spent four years in the Navy. During that time I turned away from God and began to drink and party. My life was in a tailspin. As Judy and I were coming home from Maine she told me that if I continued to do the things that I had been doing she could no longer put up with it. I was tired of the life I was living, I committed to make changes in my life. We moved to Sundown, TX and went to work for Mobil Pipeline Co. On the day we were moving in some men came to visit us from First Baptist Church. We decided to go to the church and after the service the same men came back and helped us finish unloading the rest of our furniture. I made a fresh commitment to Jesus Christ. He began to mold me into a Christian man. That was in November of 1970. In 1973 I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God blessed us with three wonderful children. My life has had many trials and situations but God has strengthened and directed me through them all. In 1975 we moved to Midland, TX. I became aware of Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin and started being a supporter. Then, in 1998, I became a board member. I retired from Exxon Mobil Pipeline in January 2004. As of August, 2012, I have resigned my position on the board and accepted the Executive Director position. I am excited about the challenge and the opportunity of seeing men and women’s lives change.
Brad Liles, Program Director
My name is Brad Liles. I was born March 3, 1974 in Dallas, TX. I had a relatively normal childhood until the age of 15 when my dad passed away. At that point, my life began to spiral out of control. I turned to drugs, alcohol, and unhealthy relationships to help ease the pain I was feeling. My continued use of drugs had devastating consequences that followed me through my young adulthood. I flunked out of college, lost many jobs, and destroyed family relationships due to my addiction.
In 1997, broken and confused, I sought help by entering a Teen/ Life Challenge of Dallas. This is where I began to learn about God and the mercy and grace He offers those who follow Him. Restoration of many broken relationships began during this time of life. I came on staff and stayed with the ministry for three years until I decided to pursue worldly achievements. I went into the world and forgot the things that God had taught me. I was away from the Lord for ten years until I found myself in prison crying out for help once again. In 2006, after getting out of prison, I again found myself in need of help.
After entering Teen / Life Challenge a second time, I really began to seek God’s will for my life. I made a conscious decision to surrender all I am to the Lord. He began to use me in a leadership capacity in the ministry and to reveal His calling for me to help those with the same affliction I had. I felt a strong desire to show hope to those who seemed hopeless. I still find myself in this same spot. I have the awesome privilege to serve as Program Director for Teen Challenge of the Permian Basin in Midland, TX. I am extremely Thankful that God never gave up on me and continues to do miracles in the lives of those he sends to us. Thank you for your support of this life changing ministry.
Robert Ricks, Program Coodinator
My name is Robert Ricks. I am from Washington, DC and I am a 1991 Muskegon Teen Challenge graduate. My life had become unmanageable and hopeless because of my choices and addiction. Today, however, I am proud to say that I'm a man after God's own heart, and seek to do His will.
Pastor Trout, Biblical Advisor & Teacher
William Walker, Office Manager
I come from a strong Christian home. I was always in church and I found a relationship with God at an early age. Through my teenage years, I began to rebel and soon found myself in a lifestyle of drugs, alcohol, and meaningless relationships. I knew that God had a calling on my life, but I was not willing to submit to Him and give Him control of my entire life. Finally, I came to a breaking point and found myself faced with time in prison. I cried out to God and told Him that I could not live my way any longer. I was so miserable and felt so alone. I came to Teen Challenge and turned my everything over to God. God reached down and pulled me out of the pit, and I came to realize that He never forgot about me, He never gave up on me, and His plan for my life never changed. The changes in my life have been incredible and I couldn't imagine going back to my old life.
, Intake Coordinator For Men's Center and Women's Center
Ben Kuznicki, Education Director, Graphic Design & Probation Liaison
My name is Ben Kuznicki and I oversee the Education Department. I am a 2003 graduate of a Teen Challenge in Lansing, Michigan. Before going through the Teen Challenge program, my life was on a one-way course to jail and death. I was court-ordered to Teen Challenge and that's where Christ showed me I not only had problems, but that He was the only way to true freedom. Since graduating, I have been blessed with a wife and six children and a great opportunity working here at the center. I praise God for the grace and mercy God has shown me in my walk so far.
Kelly Clark, Men's Center Staff
After realizing that I couldn't fix the problems controlling my life through Army enlistments, secular rehab and jail I reached out to God for help. God heard and assured my prayer for help. Now I am able to use my experience to lead others to the cross.
Jordan Cooper, Men's Center Staff & Mabee Shop Supervisor
You know I didn't have the best childhood growing up, but yet I had the same opportunities as everyone around me. My father was a drug addict and mother was never around. I did have wonderful grandparents that was always there for me. After high school I did get involved in a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol. I came to Teen Challenge knowing about God, but I never knew God. My time at TC helped me develop a relationship with the Father. After graduating I still wasn't fully surrendered, I was sober and knew God's love, but yet I still held on to certain things. I still found myself not happy and couldn't figure out what was missing. I knew I would never feel joy He wanted for me until I surrendered everything for Him. So I did just that, I found a wonderful church family, an absolutely wonderful God fearing wife, He has placed me in a life of ministry to help others experience His great love. My destination in heaven and letting God use me in every way to help others get there.
Kimberley Rodgers-Shocklee, LCDC, Women's Center Intrim Director
My story is much like everyone else’s - looking for significance, looking for hope, looking for love, looking for a Savior… with an endless road of hurts, disappointments, heartbreaks, strongholds, and destructions rooted out of rejection, abandonment, divorce, abuse, worthlessness, conditional love and hopelessness. Always searching for more than what I had known, what I had experienced and lived. I was saved when I was 16 but still didn’t know Christ; didn’t understand what an intimate relationship with Christ meant.
Then at age 26 after 5 attempted suicides, going to countless hospitals, countless counselors, medication after medication, divorce, being an unhealthy, wounded single mom, Jesus met me right where I was and set me free and delivered me from the pit of my depression and despair and darkness.
I’m 43 now and, not one day since, have I had to take a medication to make me better, nor have I felt depressed or even thought of suicide. God brought light, joy, hope, and love I’ve never known. I now am a single mom of 2 beautiful kids, got my college degree and obtained my LCDC. I’m serving God in my church by helping others and working in this ministry helping those who are still in that pit to get out. To God be all the glory, honor and praise!!!! I’m only here today because of Him and I hope to walk in righteousness, honor and faithfulness to God all the rest of my days serving Him and His people.
Mariah Mitchusson, Overnight Staff
I’m so blessed to be where I’m at today and to be a part of this amazing ministry Teen Challenge! Growing up I wasn’t raised in church and wouldn’t consider myself a Christian, I knew nothing about the Lord or who he was. I was good in school and very active in sports but quickly became involved with the wrong crowd and got into the lifestyle of drugs/alcohol I became very rebellious but soon got to the point of brokenness, hopelessness, and lost. Until the lord got a hold of my life and I experienced who Christ was is when everything changed and that was with the help of Teen challenge and the hope of Jesus Christ. I’m a graduate of 2012 and can say I have gained the personal relationship with the King that I truly needed and my life has completely turned around! I’m grateful to be a part of directing those torn and helping them find the true answer which is God himself. I believe life will never be the same until you get to know who our Savior is and I’m excited to be able to share the love of Christ with others, He deserves all the Glory!
Carol Turner, Volunteer Staff
Mrs. Carol Turner has been volunteering at the Women's Center since it opened in 2005. She continues to help and encourage the lost and hurting women who enter the Teen Challenge program, and serves as an inspiring example to them as a godly woman. In a world in which values and morals are diminishing, Ms. Carol sets a higher standard for how Christian women must lead their lives.
Irene Sanchez, Staff
My name is Irene. I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. I gave my life to the Lord at a young age and really started seeking God with my whole heart in my teens. Though I am far from perfect , God has been faithful and so patient with me as I walk with Him. He has shown me how He desires for me to love others as He loves me. Now my desire is to walk daily in that love and see lives changed by His amazing grace! Glory to God!
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