With over 60 years of leadership experience among them, our leaders provide Teen Challenge El Paso with the inspiration and direction to keep the organization moving forward and serving the needs of the local community to provide a proven method to solve the drug epidemic.
Albert Ibarra, Executive Director Teen Challenge El Paso
Bio: Pastor Albert is very familiar with Teen Challenge and the success it provides to the local community in restoring hurting people back to thriving individuals in their community. At the age of 26 he was lost and addicted to alcohol and cocaine. He found the Lord through Victory Outreach and has continued to serve faithfully since then. He worked at Victory Outreach for several years and in 1986 he moved to be involved at Teen Challenge of the Perman Basin in Midland, TX. While in Midland, he was also a pastor at Christian Life Center but soon returned to full-time employment with Teen Challenge. He has been a part of Teen Challenge for over 25 years.
In October 2007, he felt lead to start a Teen Challenge in El Paso. His family (wife and 4 children) followed him to El Paso where he started a Teen Challenge Residental Men's Center; which was open for 3 years and then it transitioned into a Women's Center based on community demands to help women in need. The Women's Center has been open for 3 years now, and continues to offer assistance to those caught in addictions.
Pastor Albert and his wife Martha have been married for 23 years. She faithfully serves beside her husband as the bookkeeper for Teen Challenge. They are both grateful for all the Lord has done and continues to do through this vital ministry.
Betty Aguilar, Women's Program Director
Bio: Betty is no stranger to hard times and hard work. Growing up she experienced the pain of a broken family and an out of control life. This continued into her 20's, through the beginning of her marriage and birth of 2 children. At a community event held by Victory Outreach, she heard of a God who loved her and could help her. In desperation she called out to Jesus, "They say you can change me, so if this is true then change ME!" And change He did....no longer was Betty just another "CHOLA", she had a new title "Child of the Living God"; thus began her walk into freedom from addictions that day.
Since then Betty has faithfully served Him with over 30 years of experience in leadership positions. From humble beginnings as an usher with her husband, to a co-founder of a christian school for at risk kids, she has proven to be a solid leader in whatever task she is called to undertake. She has been involved in guiding and founding several other christian schools in the New Mexico and El Paso area. During the summer break in 2011, she had the opportunity to work at Teen Challenge El Paso as interim director. Once the school year restarted, she completed her assignment as principal of the last school she co-founded, but she had developed a passion for the women at Teen Challenge. When the opportunity became available for her to step into the director's position she grasped it firmly and has lead the women's program now for almost 2 years.
Betty has been happily married for 35 years now and has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She has a passion for her family, but also a passion for helping others out of bondage. She knows the saving power of Jesus and the freedom only he can give to a broken soul. Her valuable leadership skills have helped to guide the direction of Teen Challenge El Paso Women's Center and she looks forward to serving the local community for many more years to come.
Marta Ramirez, Women's Center Biblical Intructor
Bio: Marta has always had a heart to help women find their freedom in Jesus Christ. She was a Women's Bible Study teacher and prayer partner at her home church, Harvest Christian Center El Paso, when she felt called to also become involved at Teen Challenge in 2011. She started with small studies at the center and soon took over the responsibility for leading and organizing the required training materials. With close to 30 years of ministry involvement, she is a valuable asset to the team. She leads group studies, personal studies, and provides individual biblical guidance to the residents as well as staying active in her home church. She has been married 41 years, has 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
Teen Challenge El Paso's staff members:
Marta Ramirez, Bible Instructor
Vanessa Doyle, Evening Staff
Betty Aguilar, Women's Program Director
Albert Ibarra, Executive Director
Ana Saucedo, Overnight Staff
Our goal as a staff is to evangelize people who have life-controlling problems and initiate the discipleship process to the point where the student can function as a Christian in society applying spiritually motivated Biblical principals to relationships in the family, local church, chosen vocation, and the community. Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well, and spiritually alive.
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Teen Challenge of El Paso
P.O. Box 640008
El Paso, TX 79904
Phone: (915) 566-1197
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We are excited to bring you this great event that will bring "Change for Change. We have set aside Tuesday June 6th as #GivingTuesday. We are asking you to prayerfully consider how you can be a blessing to Teen Challenge that given on this day. Teen Challenge has continued to keep its doors open due to our many sponsors and donors, whether your contribution is through monthly giving, one time giving or giving up your precious time as a volunteer. Thank you we could not have done this without you. We as a staff will also be participating in "Change for Change". A suggestion to staff is: label a jar "Change for Change" and start putting in your spare change at the end of the day or skip that stop at Starbucks and put that couple bucks in the "Change for Change" jar. Bring in your contributions on June 6th. God bless you.
What Keeps Us Going
The students that are in our program come from many different types of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common- a life controlling problem. A life controlling problem is any habit or problem, which has control of a person to the point that she cannot function properly. The three most common life controlling problems are street drugs, alcohol, and prescription drug abuse; however other issues may also be termed life-controlling if it affects a person's ability to function freely in life.