The Board of Directors of Lansing Teen Challenge announced a new and renewed commitment to serve the men and women in the Lansing area who struggle with addiction. To that end, the board has installed new leadership at the local affiliate of Teen Challenge USA. In a prepared statement to stakeholders, Board Chairman Curt Dalaba said the following:
“On June 22, 2017, the Board of Directors of Lansing Teen Challenge elected Reverend Jeff Bonzelaar as the new Executive Director of Lansing Teen Challenge. Jeff Bonzelaar is the current Executive Director of Life Challenge Ministries, the umbrella organization for Teen Challenge of Detroit, Toledo and Flint.
Pastor Bonzelaar has spent his entire career in Teen Challenge ministry, starting at Western Michigan Teen Challenge, where both his parents served on staff from the time he was 9 years old. Pastor Bonzelaar has commenced his duties for Lansing Teen Challenge with optimism and enthusiasm, taking the reins from Reverend Jeff Turner. We sincerely thank Jeff Turner for his years of faithful service to the men and women in the Lansing area who struggle with life-controlling issues, and we pray the Lord’s blessing on all his future endeavors.”
Lansing Teen Challenge receives its accreditation from Teen Challenge USA. Accreditation allows the use of the Teen Challenge name and trademarks and is essential to continued ministry in the Lansing area. Lansing Teen Challenge has been operating under provisional accreditation since October 2016. Moving forward under new leadership, Lansing Teen Challenge will now seek full accreditation from the national organization.