About Us


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Teen Challenge Jamaica currently operates the following programmes:Teen Challenge Jamaica is a one-year residential, faith-based (Christian) rehabilitation program. Our goal is “to facilitate life-transformation for people with life-controlling problems, one life at a time.”

  • 40 bed men's centre in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Missions Team dorm residence for visiting teams
  • 8 bed girls centre in St Ann, Jamaica
  • 10 acre farming operation near Haddon, Jamaica.
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Our vision is to expand our services to every Parish in Jamaica. We're governed by a board of directors of leaders from throughout Jamaica. The Executive Director is Anthony Richards.

Teen Challenge Jamaica is made possible through a variety of fundraising projects. We need your help to reach more lives in Jamaica! To make a donation to Teen Challenge Jamaica, please CLICK on DONATE NOW. Your gift will help change lives!

Get help

To apply to the Teen Challenge Jamaica programme, please give us a call us at (876) 795-2695.


Mission Teams

More Missions Teams are visiting Teen Challenge Jamaica than ever before! We'd love to host your MISSIONS TEAM next year!   CLICK HERE for more information.


Our approach

Our mission is to empower students in our care through practical solutions -- to be physically well, spiritually alive, emotionally balanced, mentally sound and socially adjusted so that they can function as productive citizens in society. 

These are accomplished by:

  • Counseling – resolving past issues
  • Mentoring – applying biblical principles to every aspect of life
  • Teaching – learning new ways to deal with life issues
  • Training – job-readiness and vocational skills
  • Structure – learning good disciplines through work, recreation, and rest
  • Love and acceptance – life-learning in a family atmosphere

Board of Directors

Teen Challenge Jamaica is governed by an arms-length board comprised of
businessmen/women and pastors from throughout Jamaica.

Board Chair: John Bailey


The name Teen Challenge originated in 1958 when Rev. David Wilkerson, author of the Cross & the Switchblade traveled to New York City to reach teenage gang members with God’s love. Teen Challenge was born from this visit in the city slums. Today, there are over 1100 centers across the globe operating in over 93 countries.  Teen Challenge has been facilitating life-transformation in Jamaica since 1997. While on vacation in Montego Bay, our founder, Rev. John Steigerwald saw a young woman lying naked and unconscious in the gutters in Sam Sharpe Square.  He called the police, but they had no where to take her to get help. This birthed a desire in his heart to start a Teen Challenge in Jamaica. 

As a result of this act of obedience to the voice of God, Teen Challenge Jamaica was born. Since opening its doors, hundreds of lives have found permanent freedom from drug and alcohol addictions in Jamaica through the ministry of Teen Challenge here. 


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