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The ministry of Teen Challenge began in 1958 when Rev. David Wilkerson, author of “The Cross and the Switchblade” went to New York City to reach teenage gang members with God’s love. There in the heart of the big city slums, Teen Challenge was born. Now there are over 108 Teen Challenge Centers in the United States- and others internationally- helping not only teens, but also adults, with life- controlling problems mainly in the area of drug and alcohol abuse.

The ministry of Teen Challenge of New Mexico began in July 1984. It’s purpose is to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive! Each phase of Teen Challenge has a vital part in achieving this objective.

My wife, Kathy, and I were appointed to establish Teen Challenge here in New Mexico in 1984 and have been here since that time.

Currently we have two centers for adolescent males (ages 13- 17) and adolescent (ages 13- 17) females. Teen Challenge of New Mexico, Inc. is responsible for the entire state of New Mexico. There is no other Teen Challenge organization certified, recognized or authorized in the state of New Mexico.