Men's Teen Challenge

Leadership Team

   Mike Barres - Executive Director  


Program Director - Keith McWhite   

   Thrift Store Manager - Norma McClure  

   Secretary - Betty Barres  


   Aaron Morin

   Chris La Frienier

   Jose Zurita


Rick Westerman - Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Franklin  

Richard Tirrell - CPA/Owner of Richard C. Tirrell, CPA, PA, Waynesville  

Richard Yinger - Accountant, Franklin  

Reggie Holland - Owner Holland Construction and Real Estate Franklin  Rob Loafman - Edward Jones Financial, Bryson City


“I’ve believed in this ministry since its very beginning. And I continue to support it. I consider it a real privilege to endorse this work. Thank God for Teen Challenge!”            Rev. Billy Graham   


“In Teen Challenge, I learned REAL life skills. God erased the “street skills” I once knew and renewed my mind. I was surrounded by the love and grace of God… God has restored my family, my marriage and a once broken life!”      

—Bethany Marler, TC graduate  

 “I sincerely appreciate your efforts to reach and rehabilitate the many young people who have, at present, no hope in life. The ministry and dedication of Teen Challenge deserve the commendation of every citizen.”      —President Ronald Reagan  

About Us

Mike Barres

Pastored for 36 years prior to becoming Executive Director of Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies

Keith McWhite

Keith is our Program Director. Keith has over 17 years experience in Teen Challenge. 

Betty Barres

Betty is our secretary and also does our newsletter and does many other tasks. She has been a church secretary at two different churches. 

About Us

Aaron Morin

Aaron was on staff at Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, PA for five years as a teacher and a counselor

Chris La Frienier

Chris completed Teen Challenge in Portland Oregon and did his internship in Wasilla Alaska

Jose Zurita

Jose has previously served on the staff of Dare Challange in NC and Western New York Teen Challenge.

About Us

Norma McClure

Norma is our Thrift Store Manager. She has many years experience in the this type  business. Many say that it is the nicest Thrift Store they have ever been in.

Your Support is Appreciated

Thank you for your generous donation to Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies. Your gifts make it possible for Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies to help others break free from the bondage of drug and alcohol addiction and life controlling problems. 

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