Dr. Jerry Nance is known for his passion – a passion to see Teen Challenge extend its reach around the world to help thousands of more people find freedom from addiction. He has served as President and CEO of Global Teen Challenge since 2007.
Dr. Nance is a servant leader at heart, having begun a career in ministry as an associate pastor and senior pastor of a local church, and later Crusade Associate for Teen Challenge founder, David Wilkerson. His education uniquely qualifies him for addiction outreach and recovery, holding a B.S. in Religious Studies from Southwestern University, a Masters in Counseling from Barry University, and a PhD in Philosophy in Leadership, Education with a specialization Counseling from Barry University.
Beyond his leadership expertise, Dr. Nance is valued by friends, clients, and colleagues for something more than can be learned in a classroom: his compassion. He cares deeply for people who struggle with life-controlling addiction, always ready and eager to develop the resources and programs necessary to facilitate their full recovery. In 1991, he ministered alongside addicts as Executive Director of Teen Challenge of Florida, seeing to the expansion of 21 centers across six states--Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Missouri, and extending residential services to over 1,200 men and women, boys and girls. Today it is his privilege to serve Global Teen Challenge, assisting international leadership and extending Teen Challenge centers to unreached people throughout the nations. Additionally, he sits on regional and national boards and serves as President of Teen Challenge Emerging Leaders College in Jesup, Georgia.
Dr. Nance and his wife Libby, married for 39 years, reside in Georgia and are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.