Mike Barres - Executive Director
Program Director - Jason Henshaw
Campus Pastor - Keith McWhite
Thrift Store Manager - Norma McClure
Secretary - Betty Barres
Rick Westerman - Executive Director, Habitat Franklin/Sylva
Richard Tirrell - CPA/Owner of Richard C. Tirrell, CPA, PA, Waynesville
Forest Jones, Pastor Cullasaja Assembly
Michael Stephens, Pastor Franklin Church of God
Wesley Price, Pastor Watauga Baptist
Rob Loafman - Edward Jones Financial
Dave Odell - Retired EMT
Alise Sutton- Probation officer
“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
Pastored for 36 years prior to becoming Executive Director of Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies
Jason is our Program Director and graduated from Teen Challenge in 1997 and was on staff at St. Louis TC for two years before attending University of Valley Forge. He was a youth/associate pastor from 2000-2010. From 2010-2012 he worked at Timber Ridge in Cross Junction, VA as a teacher/counselor. From 2012-2018, he was senior pastor at a church in WV.
Betty is our secretary and also does our newsletter and does many other tasks. She has been a church secretary at two different churches.
Keith is our Campus Pastor. Keith has over 17 years experience in Teen Challenge.
Rick graduated from Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies in August 2018. After serving as an intern, he was brought on fulltime and currently serves as our Kitchen Supervisor and Graduate Program Supervisor.
Justin graduated Men’s Teen Challenge of the Smokies in September of 2019. He came on staff as an intern and now currently serves as a staff member.
Nick graduated from Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies in May 2020. He is from Orlando, FL and decided to stay to intern in order to give back to the ministry, the brothers and to serve the Lord.
Caleb graduated MTCOTS on June 12, 2021. He believes the Lord wanted him to stay and give back and help the guys who come after him in their recovery and their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Kyle graduated MTCOTS on July 18, 2020. After working off campus while in the graduate program, the Lord directed him to come back and work on staff. He is thankful to be able to pour into the guys' lives and help those who have come after him in their recovery and their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dalton graduated from Men's Teen Challenge of the Smokies in January 2020. He loves to teach other men about what the Bible has to say regarding who they are in Christ and the plan and purpose they were created.
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.