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      • Justin
        Justin Smith, CEO & Executive Director

        While still in high school, Justin Smith went on two short-term mission trips that changed his life. He felt God calling him to full-time ministry and later attended Southeastern Assemblies of God University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Bible with a minor in missions. While still in college, he began working professionally with troubled youth at the Lakeland Marine Institute in Lakeland, Florida. When he finished his degree in 1996, he moved to Arkansas, where he became a direct care staff member at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. Justin served as the Program Director for the 24 years. In 2021 Justin moved into his current position of CEO and Executive Director position. Justin is a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God and is a certified crisis training instructor with “Handle with Care” and CPI. He is a certified low and high ropes facilitator and oversees the outdoor adventure portion of the Teen Challenge program. Justin has completed the CrossFit Level 2 Instructor training which has allowed TCAR to implement a CrossFit training program for all the students. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at John Brown University working towards a master’s degree in Science of Leadership. Justin married his high school sweetheart while still in college.He and his wife Holly have one son who recently married and is finishing up his degree in Church Leadership.

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        Angela Clyne, Director of Admissions

        Angela has a background in administration with the public school system where she worked for six years. She is originally from Pensacola, FL, and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1989 with her husband and their two children. She later adopted three more children from the foster care system. She was not raised in a Christian home but has served the Lord faithfully since giving her heart to Christ in 1996. Angela has worked with the youth in her rural community by building a recreational soccer league and teaching youth the value of hard work and determination. She has also worked with her church as a Sunday school teacher and served as a youth sponsor for many years. In addition to full-time employment here, Angela is the Assistant Ministry Leader for the Celebrate Recovery program she started in her church in 2010. She has been part of the TCAR team since 2011.

      • Kim
        Kim Huett, Director of Development and Marketing

        Kim Huett was born in Ohio but grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Kim received a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from the University of Arizona and knew that she always wanted to work in non profit. After spending ten years in various positions with the March of Dimes, Kim went on to work in higher education, at a museum, the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity.

        Kim now lives in Fayetteville with her husband Kelly and their fur babies Sugar and Little Mister. She has 1 adult son who lives in Fayetteville too. While bringing more than 25 years of non-profit development experience to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, Kim says that she is most excited about working for a true Christ-centered non-profit organization.

      • Clint
        Clint Smith, Director of Facilities

        Clint grew up in Morrow, AR. He always knew about Teen Challenge from growing up in the community, and his family has supported the ministry for many years. Clint is a licensed minister and spent more than a decade traveling in music ministry. He worked several years with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission before feeling God speak to his heart, telling him to leave his former job and seek employment at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. Clint’s hope for troubled boys is that they encounter the love of Jesus and understand how important they are to God. Clint is also proud to run the Car Clinic on the weekends.

      • Jeremiah
        Jeremiah Morris, Business Manager

        Bio coming soon!

      • Joshua
        Joshua Thomas, Dean of Students

        Joshua grew up in a Christian home in Northwest Arkansas. His father was a pastor, his mother was a teacher. He did well in school but began experiencing depression and self-harm. God intervened in his life and gave Joshua hope for the future. Later, Joshua felt God calling him to work with teenagers. After a period of ministering in youth groups and Christian camps, God led him to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. Joshua believes troubled boys have the potential to be world changers, and his hope is for them to be saved from the same darkness that tried to defeat his own life. Joshua and his wife, Hannah, have one son and one daughter.

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      Becky Brown, Administrative Assistant

      Becky was born and raised in Piney Woods, TX.  She and her husband Scott currently live in Oklahoma, but she has lived in AR too.  She and Scott have four children and one grandson.  Becky states that she enjoys working at TCAR and especially likes seeing the difference in the boys by the time they graduate the program! 


    • Joy
      Joy Thomas, Director of Education

      Joy is originally from California but grew up in Northwest Arkansas. In her late twenties, she surrendered her heart to the Lord. Joy is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She is also a certified teacher. Joy worked in the public school system before she founded Maranatha Christian School in 1992. She was the Principal and teacher at the school for 21 years before coming to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. Joy believes she has the perfect job now and that God is the answer and provides healing for the troubled boys she works with daily.

    • Crystal
      Crystal Reynolds, Academic Supervisor

      Crystal grew up in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. During her fourth birthday party, she decided to follow Jesus and has never looked back! She followed him to Texas to attend Southwestern Assemblies of God University. While a university student, she began working with at risk children during the school year and troubled youth in the summers, interning in the classroom at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. In 2015, she received an English B.A. and Bible A.A. Working either in the educational or administrative departments, Crystal has been part of the Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch team since May of 2013.

    • Greg
      Gregg Watson, Teacher

      Gregg has been a Teacher at TCAR for three years.  He was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Harding University.  Gregg is married to a nurse and has five children, two sons that have graduated from college and three daughters currently in college.  Greggs hobbies are fishing, kayaking, shooting sports and the Razorbacks. 

    • Mylan
      Mylan Byrd, Teacher

      Mylan was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Health Sciences and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.  Mylan has held several different positions at TCAR, starting as a Hall Pastor on the Direct Care Team and transitioning to the classroom after about 2 1/2 years.

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      Chris Newman, Teacher

      Chris grew up in the oldest town in Texas. He is a certified teacher and has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. Before coming to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, Chris spent time working with troubled youth in the alternative education system in Texas. His hope for troubled boys is that they come to know their identity in Christ. Chris and his wife, Ashley, have three children.

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      Kim Igo, NATC Academic Specialist

      Before coming to Teen Challenge, Kim was a teacher at a Christian school. Kim is originally from Westville, Oklahoma. Since joining the team in December of 2013, Kim has seen firsthand the positive impact Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch has on the lives of troubled boys; she considers it a blessing to be part of their recovery process and enjoys getting to know the students as they experience a change in their lives.Kim has been involved with youth through her church for many years as a Youth Worship Leader, Sunday School teacher and Missionettes leader. She is also currently the Director of The Grace Place, a food pantry and clothing store for people struggling in the community of Lincoln, Arkansas.

Clinical and Case Management:

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      Richie Swearingen, Director of Clinical Operations

      Richie Swearingen is the Program Services Director and has been at TCAR a year and a half. He grew up and currently lives in Van Buren, AR. He started at TCAR as our Registered Nurse and was later promoted. Richie is married to Megan, and they have 3 children. Richie’s passion for TCAR come from his Love for the Lord.

    • Adam
      Adam Persenaire, Therapist Supervisor

      Adam is a licensed clinical social worker. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Before attending the U of A he completed his associate’s degree at ASUMH while also working within the banking world. God moved Adam from his small community to the growing northwest Arkansas area after revealing his call to ministry and also his call to further his education. Adam began working at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch following his graduation. Adam feels that there is no better place to serve than in a ministry that aims to share Jesus with teenage boys. Adam considers it an honor and a privilege to serve as a small part of working towards spiritual, emotional, relational and physical health in the lives of the students who come to Teen Challenge.

    • Katie
      Katie Carney, Therapist

      Katie Carney is a Licensed Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Brown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Leisure Service Management from Oklahoma State University. She has a combined 15 years of experience working with adolescents and youth in a variety of settings including Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club programs, summer camps, school-based therapy programs, and residential therapeutic boarding school programs. Katie’s professional career has centered around counseling troubled teens at alternative schools and residential rehabilitation programs. Katie is currently the primary group therapist at TCAR and gets to combine her love for God, horses, adventure, and people as she serves the young men at TCAR. 

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        Matt Clark, Equine Specialist

        Matt grew up is West Texas on a cotton farm. He attended Texas Tech University where he received his BS in Human Sciences, with concentration in family studies, addiction studies, and psychology. He was active in multiple college ministries including Brothers Under Christ and the Wesley Foundation. Matt fell in love with horses while working at a summer camp in college, where he also fell in love with his future wife. He moved to Arkansas in 2020 to be closer to her and began working at TCAR. They were married in March of 2021.Matt works with the therapy team and our horses to do Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. He says, “Horses naturally mirror our emotions. I love getting to watch our boys learn how their non-verbal communication can deeply effect the behavior of a horse, and then begin to relate what they learn to their own lives.

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      Jeff Allen, Aftercare Specialist

      Jeff has lived in Northwest Arkansas for more than 20 years. He graduated from the Adult & Teen Challenge of Mid America program in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It was there that Jeff knew he was called to ministry. Jeff has since spent many years in ministerial service, working with troubled teenagers and participating in worship ministry as a singer and guitarist. His hope for troubled boys is that they learn to walk with God. He and his wife, Diane, have been married since 2002 and they have two children: Thomas and Grace.

    • Ronnie
      Ronnie Jones, Supervising Case Manager

      Ronnie was born and raised in Louisiana. After high school, he developed a personal relationship with Jesus and earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from East Texas Baptist University. He went on to work as a salesperson. Ronnie was promoted through the tiers toward financial success until God called him to the ministry nine years later. Ronnie began volunteering in the local community seeking ways to serve and meet the needs of the people around him. Soon after, he found and joined the team at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. He and his wife, Leah, have six children.

    • Steve
      Steve Williams, Case Manager

      Steve received his bachelor’s degree from Evangel University and holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from John Brown University. He has studied addiction and recovery through the American Association of Christian Counselors, is a certified parenting coach, and a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. He felt God call him to work with teens in 2001 and he began volunteering much time with the youth in his church and community. In 2006 he decided to leave his career in the corporate world to join us at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. He says he has never regretted it. Steve believes the spiritual attack on these young men at an early age speaks to the significance of their calling. His passion is to see them become free from the issues that hold them back, so they can reach their potential and fulfill their purpose.

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      Tyler Tennison, Case Manager

      Tyler has been a Case Manager at TCAR for three years.  Tyler was born and raised in Arkansas and holds a Bachelors Degree in Christian Counseling from Ecclesia College in Springdale, AR.  Tyler and his wife Allyssa (who also works at TCAR in the kitchen!) have been married for 7 years and they have two children, a boy who is 6 and a girl who is 2.  Tyler accepted the call to work with you back in 2009 while working at Camp War Eagle and has been working with youth since.  He says when he found the job at TCAR, he knew that it was the place he was meant to be, and it has been a perfect fit. 

Direct Care:

    • Robert
      Robert Mason, Director of Direct Care

      Robert has lived in Arkansas his whole life. He worked in upper management for Sonic Dive In for over 15 years. In 2011 he graduated from an Adult & Teen Challenge of Mid America program in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. After completion, Robert knew that he wanted to give back to the ministry that saved his life. Robert started work at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in the summer of 2019. His mission is to teach troubled boys that there is a life of freedom outside of life controlling issues. He and his wife, Cassi, have been married since 2014 and they have 4 children: Rebekah, Emma, Tyler, and Harper.

    • Jordan
      Jordan Cuttell, Outdoor Adventure

      Jordan serves as one of the Outdoor Adventure staff. I lead the intake trips and take guys camping when they first arrive at our program. He came through the program himself in 2012 as a student who was angry and rebellious. Through what he learned here, he says he has been able to be successful in sobriety and build character. Much to his surprise the Lord called him back to this ministry! He says life is pretty good now. In addition to getting to spend time in the woods, he has a wife and two daughters. He is also a member of The Arkansas National Guard.

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      Seth Carroll. Outdoor Adventure

      Seth is originally from Stockton Illinois. During his freshman year of college, Seth volunteered in youth ministry at a local church. It was there that he felt God calling him to full-time ministry. He continued ministering to youth by using sports, outdoor recreational ministry programs, and serving in churches across the country. Seth has Associate Degrees in General Studies and Bible and Theology, and he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Southeastern University in 2016. Later that year, Seth joined the staff team at Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch. Seth’s desire for these troubled boys is for them to “learn to walk out their faith in Christ.”

    • Phil
      Phil Bernhardt

      Phil Bernhardt is originally from west-central Illinois. After feeling the call to enter full-time ministry, Phil attended Central Bible College in Springfield, MO, where he later earned a Bachelor’s Degree. While still in college, he heard a chapel message that encouraged him to learn more about the ministry of Teen Challenge. This led to a three-month internship with Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch and later to a full time position with the ministry. Phil has been working faithfully as a direct care staff member at Teen Challenge Ranch of NW Arkansas since 1981. He has seen many lives transformed in his 40 plus years of service.

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      Richard Ramos, Direct Care Supervisor

      Richard is from Bakersfield, CA, but has lived in Farmington AR for over 12 years.  He is a US Army Vet, serving as a Cavalry Scout and cross trained as a Tanker.  He has an Associated Degree in Business and is currently working on a BA in Psychology concentrating in Addiction through Southern New Hampshire University.  Richard spent 20 years in the oil field, 10 of which were International.  He is active at Grace Covenant Church in Lincoln, AR.

    • Cynthia
      Cynthia Montoto, Missions Coordinator

      Cynthia Montoto attended both Victory Bible Training Center and MCTC College earning her Associates Degree. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry. Cynthia worked for Millennial Christian Center as a team leader in missions and outreach. She was very active in fund raising and travelling to promote the Gospel. Her heart truly is winning souls for the kingdom. In December 2018 Cynthia received her ordination by Bishop McIntosh as well as James and Susan Hall. Cynthia states that this was one of her highest honors. God led her to Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch in May of 2018. Her desire is to help these young men see what God has created them to be.

Culinary Team:

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        Jamie Ramos, Kitchen Co-Manager

        Jamie is the Co-Manager of the Kitchen.  Shes worked in the kitchen for 1 years, and been co-manager for about 8 months.  She is originally from California, and she and her husband Richard (Direct Care Supervisor have five children and one grandchild.  Jamie says that working for TCAR is awesome!  

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The expert and caring staff of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch have a mission to help troubled boys who suffer from life-controlling issues.