MEET OUR PRESIDENT
Dr. Jerry Nance is known for his passion – a passion to see Teen Challenge extend its reach around the world to help thousands more people find freedom from addiction. He has served as President 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. He holds a B.S. in Religious Studies from Southwestern University, a Master's Degree in Counseling from Barry University, and a PhD in Philosophy in Leadership, Education with a specialization in 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, he is always ready and eager to develop the resources and programs necessary to facilitate their full recovery. In 1991, he served as Executive Director of Teen Challenge of Florida, leading the organization to an expansion of 21 centers across six states: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Missouri. He has extended 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 offering Teen Challenge programs to unreached people throughout the nations.
Dr. Nance and his wife of 42 years, Libby, reside in Georgia and are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents of nine grandchildren.