Randy & Dana Rowe
Randy’s been involved with Teen Challenge since 1979 when he began ministering in Denver, CO. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Literature from Northwest College. He earned his Masters degree in Psychology & Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado and his Ph.D. in Christian Psychology from International Seminary. Randy became an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God in 1982.
Dana has worked for Teen Challenge since 1979 and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Metropolitan State; minor in Psychology. As a certified teacher, Dana has extensive training and experience helping women who have suffered from sexual and physical abuse.
Randy and Dana moved to San Jose in 1996 assuming the leadership of Southbay & Eastbay Teen Challenge. Two years later they founded the Reno Adolescent Boys’ Center; the Las Vegas program in 2002; in 2010 a Men‘s Center in Vallejo and a Boys’ Center in the Philippines. Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada now consists of six residential centers, two thrift stores, and numerous outreaches.
Spencer & Danielle Kilgore
Growing up, Spencer never would have guessed that his life was going to turn out the way it did. He started experimenting and then abusing drugs in his teenage years. He was raised by a single mother and when he turned 16 he decided to reach out & find his father. He got a hold of him and worked up the courage to call…That night Spencer took his father with him to get heroin. From that point on, drugs became the common bond between Spencer and his father.
He lost all of his adolescence and early adulthood due to addiction. After Spencer met his wife, Danielle, together they experienced every kind of abuse you could imagine. They were like a tornado and a hurricane fighting each other until the bitter end.
Danielle honestly never thought that she would become a drug addict. There was this illusion that she just simply “liked to party”. In her late teens and early 20’s, she sought out help for a fixation with alcohol and club drugs. There was a span of two years where she was totally abstinent but there was one huge component always tempting her to go back. She had been hooked and still craved the lifestyle. There was something enticing and alluring about the escape that it provided. Initially when presented with the idea of coming to Teen Challenge she told her father, “NO WAY! A 12-month program!? You’re crazy. Things aren’t that bad!”
Over the next few months, things went from “bad” to completely unbearable. She couldn’t stop for her baby and she couldn’t stop for her husband, Spencer. And she definitely couldn’t stop for herself, despite her best efforts. By the time Spencer & Danielle reached the doors of Teen Challenge, they were malnourished, unemployed, hopeless, and scared.
All of that changed when they both made a decision to go to Teen Challenge. Danielle gets emotional just thinking back on the early days of being in the program. “It was, hands down, the hardest thing I have ever done. So many times, I wanted to quit. But something inside wouldn’t let me…I didn’t know it at the time but am convinced it was God who provided the resilience that I needed until I could believe and give my life to Him.
Spencer & Danielle graduated the program 5 years ago and it’s really hard to explain the transformation that has taken place in both of their lives since then. Today, Spencer and Danielle serve as Directors at the Teen Challenge Family Center and Alum Rock Women and Children’s Center in San Jose California. They have two very adorable kids: Grace, 6 years old and Abraham who is nearly one year old. By the grace of God, their children will never have to know what it’s like to have two drug addicted parents. They are so grateful and will forever be indebted to the Teen Challenge program.
Jay was Born in Akron, Ohio but moved to San Jose, California and grew up there. Jay attended San Jose City College and majored in Political/Military Science at San Jose State University. He is an 8-year U.S. Army Veteran as a Communications Technician where he served with a mechanized infantry Battalion from 1990-1998.
After exiting the service as a single parent, he graduated Teen Challenge of Riverside. In 1999, he completed an internship at Teen Challenge NorWestCal Nevada. He continued his education at SUM (School of Urban Missions) in 2003 and transferred to C.H. Mason Bible College where he obtained a degree in Biblical Studies.
Jay completed his training with the ICPC (International Conference of Police Chaplains) and was licensed as a Minister with the C.O.G.I.C. (Church Of God In Christ) California’s North East Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in 2003. In 2007 he completed an internship at T.C.M.I (Teen Challenge Ministry Institute) in Southern California before returning to NorWestCal Nevada Teen Challenge in Oakland as the Program Director. In 2011 he was ordained by the C.O.G.I.C.
Jay currently resides with his wife Blessing and daughter Kaylonnie as the Eastbay Teen Challenge Director.
David & Kari Davis
Las Vegas Directors
As a child, David struggled mentally and emotionally after being sexually abused, and with an absent father who spent nearly all of his life in prison, David felt the void that this trauma left in his life. Overwhelmed with anxiety, depression and a world of secrets, he hid behind a fun loving smile and learned to pretend like life was great. Having barely graduated high school David started having run-ins with the law, was arrested twice, had a failed attempt at college and a dishonorable discharge from the United States Navy. Drugs were destroying every part of his life. At the age of twenty he found himself living in a house with no running water, no electricity and methamphetamines being cooked and sold on a daily basis. It was at his rock bottom where he woke up one morning, and with just one moment of clarity, decided that this was not the life he wanted.
It was on that very day that David accepted the possibility that the God he had read stories about growing up just might be the answer to the new life he was seeking. It was at Teen Challenge where he began working on a personal relationship with Jesus Christ for the first time in his life, and everything began to change. Once a young man with no self-esteem or self-worth and a complete lack of motivation and work ethic, he found himself inspired with vision for his life.
This is where everything changed. David spent 4 years at Teen Challenge where he completed the one year program, did a six month internship in the development department helping with graphics and advertising, and continued to work as a staff member for the ministry until 2005.
In 2006 David married the love of his life, Kari, and they began building what most would call “the American Dream”. Before too long the David & Kari both had great career jobs, owned their own home, two cars, everything but the white picket fence. They were the worship leaders at their home church and very involved in the community, and life just wouldn’t be complete without their two beautiful daughters, Emma and Malia. But eight years later there was that void again.
During a worship service God spoke clearly to the David & Kari and six months later they sold everything, quit their jobs and moved 2,000 miles across the country. Most of their family and friends thought they were crazy to leave it all behind for Sin City. But they didn’t see it that way. The bible says that where sin abounds, grace abounds more. And David & Kari had been given a vision for Las Vegas, the city of Grace.
Jered’s grandparents, father, and mother have been involved with Teen Challenge since the day he was born, helping adults, adolescents, and families who are struggling with addiction. During his high school years, Jered assisted in coaching Pop-Warner football and moved on to college at Evangel University from 2001-2006 where he double-majored in Theology and Psychology.
During the summer months Jered worked for Teen Challenge on a part-time basis and went on to become a full-time teacher and advisor. From 2007 – 2011 Jered worked as a supervisor for Starbucks Coffee Company, coached high school football, and also worked as a Youth Pastor.
He took on the role of Director at the Reno Adolescent Boys‘ Center in Sparks, NV in April of 2011. Over the last five years he has been working hard to stabilize a struggling program and is now seeing some growth through much time and effort.
Jered has just recently become a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is continuing his education in Counseling through Light University. Jered has a heart for boys of all ages, especially those who are struggling with addictive and behavioral problems.