Teen Challenge of Western PA opened its doors in 1971 as Pittsburgh Teen Challenge. In 1974, after 3 years in a too small facility on the North Side of Pittsburgh, the center relocated as Teen Challenge of Western Pennsylvania to the present 14 acre property purchased in 1972 from the federal government for $20,000; the facility was the abandoned, burned out, gutted and vandalized former NIKE missile site. But by a miracle of God, the finances and help was provided to restore this former military base as a place to train future soldiers for the Lord.
Director – Dave Louis
It was at Teen Challenge that he began to hear the word of God preached and see examples of lives changed by the grace of God. Through the long and difficult process of this program which lasted 12 months, Christ worked the miracle of regeneration in his heart and gave him the gifts of repentance and faith. He remained at Teen Challenge for the year of 2002 as an intern. It was here that he discovered his desire for and gifts in ministry. Through working with the men that God was sending to the program, he discovered a deep joy and peace in sharing the gospel and his life with them. From the years 2003 to 2006, he met his wife Kim and went through college.
After coming back and working as a counselor for Teen Challenge of Western PA for 8 years, He was promoted to Director on December 1, 2014. Dave and his wife Kim have 4 adopted children and also run a program called SON-ward Youth programs in the City of New Kensington, PA, where they also live. This program reaches out to inner city youth, to help them see the light of Christ in the midst of poverty, crime and broken families in the community.
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