This is a  staff list for Teen Challenge of Tennessee (Locations: Chattanooga, Cookeville, Hendersonville, Knoxville, Savannah, Memphis, and Nashville)  

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)


We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Teen Challenge.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Teen Challenge, you have the right to take action.


If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Teen Challenge, please contact if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.This will help!†  Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.


Please donít place your loved one in Teen Challenge and rescue them if they are there now. 




Additional Information
Roger L. Helle President Chattanooga Location--Teen Challenge of the Mid-South--Also affiliated with Turning Point Ministries--  HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program.
Shirley Helle Staff (Roger's wife)
David Olson Staff  
John Thomas Staff/Counselor  
Babs Rymer Chairman of the Board Babs is likely short for Barbara.  There is no additional info on staff at this location at this time.*
Wayne Grey No Title Cookeville Location--Teen Challenge of the Upper Cumberland--*  This program appears to also go by the name of New Horizons Center.  It is still operating.  HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this location.
Derek Johnson No Title Submitted by Josh Horn, August 11th, 2009:

Wayne Grey, Derek Johnson, and Bert they are just a few of the scum bags at TC Sanford. It is very true that we where worked like slaves,16 hour days at Valencia Communtiy College. They would only give use 1 PB&J for lunch. Then we were sent to work at a school in Apopca which was located in the projects were they would sell crack rock across the street. And when the guys would give in and walk across the street and relapse. Derek (asshole) Johnson had absolutley no sympathy and showed no christ like compashion. He kicked Jorge right out the door with no money or nothing.
  Wayne Grey is a sosiopath that is completly full of himself. I hope that the feds get them good and lock him up forever. Wayne would get up in the santuary on Sundays and preach his bull shit as we all slept through it. Then you would watch him drive off in his car (Dodge Magnum) that he got from the vehicle donation program. They would get these car through donation and then drive them around or try to sell them top dollar.
  If there is an lawyerr that would like to talk to me about this I spent 1 year and graduated from the program. If an lawyers from the lawsuit would like to talk to me there is alot more that you may need to know. My number is 615-445-6554 this Josh Horn if anyone that survied this with me want to call me please do.

Bert (no last name) No Title  
NO NAMES NO TITLES Hendersonville Location--TC Int'l USA Nashville HQ--Male Induction Center*  This program is closed.
Barbara Mitchell Executive Director Knoxville Location--Teen Challenge of East Tennessee--  This program does not include program details or enrollment information on their website and does not share this information with the general public.
Carolyn Pike Administration  
Lou Vinton Intake  
Emily Seymour Ladies Crisis There is no other info on staff at this location at this time.*
Jim Forakis Executive Director Savannah Location--Tennessee Valley Teen Challenge--HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this program.
Kenneth Youngblood Program Director Youngblood is a Teen Challenge "graduate".
Wade Jowers Program Director For Lexington and Decatur Counties locations (related to Savannah location). Jowers is a Teen Challenge "graduate" from the Memphis Teen Challenge.
Angelo Vega In-House Staff Teen Challenge Clifton Prison Ministry "graduate".
Bill King Staff Teen Challenge Clifton Prison Ministry staff.
Jimmy Willoughby Program Director Teen Challenge Clifton Prison Ministry staff.
Amy Forakis Office Manager Amy is married to Jim Forakis, the executive director.
Jonathan Lindberg Executive Director Memphis Location--Teen Challenge Memphis--This program does not make it's enrollment or program information details available to the general public.
Jonathan Goodban Intake  
Ada (no last name) Supervisor There is no additional info on staff at this location.*
Clint Kelley Title Unknown Nashville Location--Teen Challenge Nashville--HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment materials for this location.
Norman Calhoun Executive Director  
Kathleen Cobble Director of Development  
Nate Garner Title Unknown There is no additional info on staff at this location.*
Teen Challenge Information--See
HEAL Review-- Teen Challenge Ranch in Morrow, AR Contract & Enrollment Materials  HEAL is in the process of reviewing the available enrollment materials for the above program(s).  In the meantime, we invite you to read the review of the Teen Challenge Ranch of Morrow, AR contract linked in this segment as the contracts are likely very similar and the program ought to be avoided.

 *Teen Challenge, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.


 Last Updated: October 18th, 2010


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