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Our Graduates Stories

Chad Arcement

After years of fighting an opiate addiction and feeling hopeless God brought me to Louisiana Teen Challenge in July of 2008. While there Jesus saved and changed my life. I am no longer who I once was. Since Completing Louisiana Teen Challenge I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.

Currently Chad works in our corporate office and is over business operations.

Jessica Arcement

Jessica came to Teen Challenge in 2011 to learn to "deal" with her addictions. While at Teen Challenge she had a supernatural encounter with Jesus! Today Jessica is completely free from all addiction! She is working in the ministry to help other women find the same freedom!

Currently Jessica is the director at Mt. Grace Teen Challenge Womens center in Winnfield, La.

Gary Bentley

Gary Bentley came into the Teen Challenge program in 1997 after 18 years of substance abuse and 4 secular rehabilitation centers. After losing everything because of his addictions, he was homeless on the streets of New Orleans.

Today he is married to Sandy and is Chief Operating Officer for Louisiana Teen Challenge. Gary has also published a book "Rehab is not for the soul" a journey out of addiction.

Justin Batterton

After 12 years of addiction and two felonies, I knew something had to change. In 2007 I entered Teen Challenge lost and hopeless. In the past I had tried to do it on my own and was never successful. After a year in Teen Challenge I now not only have hope, but I have  new life as well. After completing Teen Challenge, God put it on my heart to stay on as staff.

Today Justin is the Director at Teen Challenge in Shreveport, LA

Gail Waddle

After several secular drug rehabilitation centers and a near death experience in 2005, I came to Teen Challenge where I met Christ in an amazing way and my life was radically changed.  I graduated the program in 2005 and have since become a licensed minister. I am currently one of the teachers at our Mount Grace for Men facility in Dodson.

Lauren Martin

Lauren was raised in a Christian home yet by the age of 15 she was consumed with fear, anxiety, peer pressure and sinful choices which led her to using antidepressants, marijuana, and alcohol. By age 19, after being involved in a car wreck and being charged with a DUI, her parents gave her an ultimatum that she enter Teen Challenge. Through Biblical teaching, wise counsel, and tough love, they patiently guided her back to her Heavenly Father who welcomed her with open arms. Currently Lauren is a staff member at our Minden Family Center.