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Putting Hope Within Reach
of Everyone Struggling with Addiction

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History of Adult & Teen Challenge Kansas

Adult and Teen Challenge was started in the late 1950s by Reverend David Wilkerson. After hearing about a murder that took place by a teenage gang in New York, something was stirred in Wilkerson’s heart, and he felt the Lord prompt him to go and help those boys. Upon his arrival, he was greeted by a host of issues on the streets, one being rampant drug and alcohol addiction.


Shortly after that, he established the first Teen Challenge center. After much success, Teen Challenge expanded its programs, and many adult centers were established. There are  currently 200+ residential centers in the United States, and over 1,200+ ministry locations worldwide.

Adult and Teen Challenge of Kansas (ATCKS) in Wichita is the newest location of the 200 plus residential Adult & Teen Challenge centers in the nation. ATCKS is affiliated with Adult & Teen Challenge of Oklahoma which was started in 1988 when Bill and Jeannie Everitt, along with their four children, came to the region and established a men’s facility in southwest Oklahoma. Bill faithfully served as the organization’s President until his passing in 2007. In 2008, Wayne Gray accepted the position of President where he has continued to lead the mission and vision of Adult & Teen Challenge of Oklahoma and Kansas.


Since its founding in 1988, Adult & Teen Challenge has grown to eight locations across Oklahoma and Kansas with two women’s centers,  three men’s centers, one prison outreach, an adolescent boy’s center, and an adolescent girl’s center, with a total capacity for 380 residents in recovery.

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