C. R. Kersten

Executive Director |


C. R. joined the staff of Adult & 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, Adult & 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 |


While in college, Paul served as an Adult & 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 Adult & Teen Challenge of St. Louis in 2002. As the Program Director, he oversees the admission process and the day-to-day operations of  Adult & Teen Challenge Men’s Center.

Rob Kersten

Director of Development |

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 Adult & Teen Challenge in October of 2007.  As Director of Development, Rob’s main focus is building relationships with the incredible partners that make the work of Adult & Teen Challenge St. Louis possible.

Jett Ainsworth

Curriculum Coordinator |


Jett, who is from Mississippi, graduated Adult & Teen Challenge in April 2012.  After working for Mid-America Adult & 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 their completion of the induction process.