Our History 2018-06-29T14:03:52+00:00

Our History

Teen Challenge began in 1958 when David Wilkerson, author of The Cross and the Switch Blade, went into New York City to reach teenage gang members with a message of hope, founded on God’s love. Since then Teen Challenge has grown to be one of the largest and most successful ministries to hurting lives in America. Today, there are over 500 Teen Challenge Centers in the United States and internationally.

Appalachian Teen Challenge, Inc. was founded in 1982. Our training center in Princeton, WV, and our sister program in Fincastle, VA, provide the best Christian discipleship training programs available for teens and adults experiencing life controlling problems. By following a vigorous, regimented schedule in a well structured Christian environment, students at the training Centers learn how to overcome the root problems which have affected their ability to function normally in society.