We PLEDGE to serve every student with Christ-like compassion, respect and guidance.
We COMMIT to address the needs of students and to assist them in the development of godly character.
We DEDICATE ourselves to mentor and to nurture meaningful relationships, inspiring hope for the future.
Kyle and Derenda Brown – Executive Directors
Kyle and Derenda have three daughters-Madison, Olivia and Emma. Kyle was born and raised in Bastrop, LA and is a graduate of Teen Challenge. Kyle also a graduated the Georgia School of Ministry and has served as a Youth Pastor for two years upon his college graduation. For the last five years Kyle has served as the Program Manager of another TC boys program preparing for the opportunity to direct his own program. Derenda grew up in Barnesville, GA and has worked alongside her husband in ministry, but is currently a stay at home Mom, homeschooling their children.
Andrea Andrews – Admissions Coordinator
Andrea was born in Walnut Creek, CA and raised in Brevard County of Florida. She loves family and is very close with her brother, her niece, and nephew. Andrea went through a tough season in 2014 when she lost her dad. Things were hard for a while after his passing. One of Andrea’s friends invited her to church and one service on July 18th, 2015 she gave her life to the Lord. She has found peace and hope in Jesus Christ. Andrea now works as our Admissions Coordinator where she shares that hope with families that are going through their own tough season. She enjoys talking with the families about our program and helping them find help for their sons.
Melissa – School Teacher
Melissa is a teacher here at The Ranch and loves working with the students in their academics. She worked for a Christian private school where she taught many science and music classes. Melissa stepped away from the private school when her triplets reach school age, so she could homeschool them. Two of them are now dual-enrolled in Indian River State college and the third will complete high school one year early with an associate’s degree.
Melissa has a big heart for kids struggling with destructive behavior and can relate due to issues she went through during high school and college. She has overcome her struggles through the love of Jesus and knows that our students can too. Through her experience and heart for our boys, she brings a lot to the table to help them become successful in their academic goals.
Michael Lindsey Smith – Counselor
Lindsey was born in Columbus, Georgia. In 1983 he went to Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee where he earned a B.S. in Biblical Theology. Following his graduation, he and his wife founded a church where he was senior pastor for thirty years. While there, he earned a Masters in Theology from Beacon University. In 2015 he and his wife moved to Vero Beach, Florida continuing in ministry through missions work in Haiti. In 2018, he joined the team at the Ranch as a counselor. He is looking forward to putting his pastoral counseling experience to work for the boys and their families, working towards a healthy future.
Lindsey and his wife Angie have been married for thirty-three years and have three adult children: Roger, Beau, and Abrianna.
Dale Peeples – Counselor
“Coach” Dale was born and raised in north New Jersey. Teen Challenge has been a part of Coach’s life since he was little. He was first exposed to Teen Challenge as a child when he saw the “Cross and The Switchblade.” He later started to attend Time Square Church which David Wilkerson ministered at.
Coach Dale has worked for Teen Challenge for over 6 years. He is currently a counselor here at Vero Beach Ranch for Boys. He works closely with the students and their families to break through in the troubled areas of life that brought them to Teen Challenge. Coach considers himself fortunate to be a part of what God is doing in the families he works with.
Michael Aaron – Program Assistant
Michael is 32 years old and was born in Pascagoula, MS. His family moved to South Georgia while he was young and raised him there. He was a troubled in his younger years till he gave his heart to the Lord. He really understands and connects with the students we work with because he has been where they are. Michael is the Program Assistant here at The Ranch. He loves taking the boys camping and teaching about the horses here at The Ranch. He is married to Mallory who works in our office and they have a beautiful little girl named Alanna.
Justin Larson – Direct Care
One morning Justin woke to a conversation with his parents telling him that they were separating. It was one of the hardest conversations he has ever been a part of. Justin did not know who to blame so he just got mad at everyone. His anger started to cause him to act out at home and at school. His parents saw Justen heading down a bad road. They decided to reach out to Teen Challenge for Help.
Justin resented his parents in the beginning for their choice. Over the next few months God started to work in Justin’s life and Justin gave his heart to the Lord in Teen Challenge on November 1st, 2012. Through the course of the program God really changed Justin’s life. His relationship with his family was restored. As Justin got closer to graduation he decided he wanted to come back and help other kids. Justin graduated the program, did a year internship, and came on as staff. He works as Direct Care helping oversee evening schedule and activities.
Michael Disabato – Direct Care
Michael is thirty years old and was born and raised in New Jersey. His parents provided him, his two brothers, and one sister a great home to grow up in. Growing up Michael feared God but never knew him. Michael started experimenting with drugs when he was around 12 years old and it brought havoc into his life for the next 15 plus years. At a place of brokenness, he went in to Teen Challenge in New York. He met God while in that program and it radically changed his life. Michael has experienced God putting him and his life back together. He is excited to work here at The Ranch and see the young men spared the life that bad decision can create. As a Direct Care staff member Michael works with the students facilitating the different activities in the evening and on weekends, while building meaningful relationships with the students.
Mallory Aaron – Administrative Assistant
Mallory is from Pierce County GA. She serves alongside Michael at the Ranch as an Administrative Assistant in the Business Department. They have been together for 16 years. They have a beautiful daughter whose name is Alanna. They love working as a family together on The Ranch and watching God change the lives of the young men who come here.