Teen Challenge®of Greater Cleveland Statement of Purpose:
"To evangelize people who have life-controlling problems, and to initiate the discipleship process to the point where the student can function as a Christian in society, applying spiritually motivated Biblical principles to relationships in the family, local church, chosen vocation and the community. Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive."
"Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." - 2 Corinthians 5:17
Teen Challenge has grown substantially: over 195 centers throughout the United States, over 550 centers worldwide.
TEEN CHALLENGE of Greater Cleveland, Inc., established in 1968, is a Christian Growth and Development Center which provides a residential program for men (18 years and older) who want help in overcoming life-controlling problems such as, but not limited to, drug and alcohol abuse. The program consists of a Basic Induction Phase (4 to 6 months) in Perry, Ohio, and an Advanced Training Phase (10 months) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Our Basic Induction Program is located on a twelve-acre wooded campus in Perry, Ohio, twenty miles east of Cleveland, one-half mile south of Lake Erie. Facilities include three dormitories, dining hall and classroom building, work shop, offices and a chapel.
...the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative written Word of God.
...there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
...in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miraculous ministry, His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His Ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal return to earth, at which time he will judge the quick and the dead.
...the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Jesus Christ, and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
...in the ordinances of the church: Holy Communion and Water Baptism by immersion.
...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
...the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides divine healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.
...in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
...in the Blessed Hope, the imminent return of Jesus Christ, followed by his reign on the earth for 1,000 years.
...in the resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and other to everlasting damnation.
Accepted in the Teen Challenge National Executive Committee meeting 2/28/91. Revised and approved on January 23-24, 2001.
Who We Are
Rev. Murray N. Brown, Jr., Executive Director: "Looking unto Jesus!"
Rev. Karla Brown, Office Manager
Mrs. Mary Bill, Office Assistant
Supervisory Staff & Interns (left to right): Tracy Brickey, Thomas Workman, Earnest Booker, Tim Hunsinger, Richard McClure (no longer with us), Kevin Crosby, Billy Tindell, David Dean, Vladimir Tranquille, Mike Chapin.
“We are your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
The Teen Challenge of Greater Cleveland Board of Directors:
Mr. Court Durkalski, President
Mr. Frederick Suppes, Jr. Vice-President
Rev. Stefan Sawczak, Secretary
Mr. Patrick Fortunato, Treasurer
Rev. Murray N. Brown, Jr., Executive Director
Mr. Ron Cunningham
Mr. Jim Harman
Mr. Richard Taylor
Ex Officio Directors:
Rev. John Wootton, District Superintendent Ohio District Council, Inc., Assemblies of God.
Rev. David Welle, Sectional Presbyter of the Cleveland Section Assemblies of God.
Honorary Board Members:
Mr. Robert C. Harman
Rev. John M. Bunney
Mr. Thomas Kish
Teen Challenge of Greater Cleveland, Inc., is accredited by Teen Challenge International, USA, and operates in cooperation with the General Council of The Assemblies of God.
Teen Challenge USA website: www.teenchallengeusa.com