Staff

C. R. Kersten

Executive Director | cr@teenchallengestl.com

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C. R. joined the staff of Teen Challenge in May 1978 immediately following his graduation from Blackburn University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. The very next year in 1979, C.R. married his college sweetheart, Paula, who currently works at Diane’s House, Teen Challenge women’s center. C. R. began as a counselor and within three years became the Executive Director, the position he still holds.  C.R. became an ordained minister with the Assembly of God church in 1983 and has now become a home missionary through the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions board.

Paul Ridenour

Program Director | paul@teenchallengestl.com

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While in college, Paul served as a Teen Challenge intern in the summer of 1988 and 1989. He joined the staff full-time from 1990-1995. After serving as a senior pastor, Paul returned to Teen Challenge of St. Louis in 2002. As the program director, he oversees the admission process and the day-to-day operations of  Teen Challenge men’s center.

Rob Kersten

Operations Manager | rob@teenchallengestl.com

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Rob, the oldest son of C.R. and Paula, upon graduation of Evangel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Management, began working here at Teen Challenge in October of 2007.    In the summer of 2011, Rob received his ministerial license from the Assemblies of God and is currently working on receiving his ordination.  As the assistant program director, Rob is responsible to distribute discipline to clients, oversees and maintains a safe work environment, and also teaches the courses here at Teen Challenge of St. Louis.

Jett Ainsworth

Curriculum Coordinator | jett@teenchallengestl.com

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Jett, who is from Mississippi, graduated Teen Challenge in April 2012.  After working for Mid-America Teen Challenge for a month, Jett decided to work as a Re-entry student here in St. Louis.  After starting school at college where he plans on majoring in drug counseling, Jett became a member of our team in January of 2013.  As the curriculum coordinator, he maintains the students classroom records, grades papers, and helps to facilitate there completion of the induction process.