Our Executive Director

I am honored to serve as Executive Director of Appalachian Teen Challenge, Inc. and WV State Director for Teen Challenge International USA. I know of no other ministry more dedicated to making a difference in hurting lives than Teen Challenge. During the thirty plus years I have served in the Teen Challenge ministry, I have seen many lives find lasting hope through Christ.


At Appalachian Teen Challenge, we believe God greatly values every person. Our caring, trained, and committed staff endeavor to convey this message of hope to lost young men, women, girls and boys. Many have found a new lifestyle on our campus, and studies show that a majority of our graduates today remain productive members in society.


As an honor accredited ministry, we take our calling seriously. We value integrity; therefore, we demand the best of our staff. After one visit on our campus, you will agree Appalachian Teen Challenge is a ministry getting results, restoring broken lives.” – Jim Nickels

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