Lead Team

Angie Appenheimer

Chief Executive Officer

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I came to BC in 1990, starting in Vancouver, then settling in Abbotsford in 1992 to raise my family. I’m married to Al and have four sons.

I began my journey with Teen Challenge in 2009, hearing about the ministry at a church outreach. I began volunteering at Teen Challenge wherever I could be of help. As relationships grew, I began mentoring. Once I saw my first “life transformed” over the course of a year, I couldn’t contain my excitement for what God was doing through Teen Challenge. I had to shout it from the mountaintops! And so, I did, as I worked part-time in Community Engagement. My two days a week turned to four, quickly. I pinched myself every day, “Lord, do I really get to do this every day?” I still feel that way! I then became the Centre Director of the Abbotsford Women’s Centre where I served for five years.

I am currently the Chief Executive Officer. My passion remains the same – to be a messenger of hope, to love men & women back to life and to reclaim God’s precious children to the lives they were designed to live – healed, whole, restored to God and their families.

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Terrence Mckenzie

Chief Development Officer

Even though I grew up in a Christian home, in 2006 at 23 I joined the Okanagan Men’s Centre as a hopeless drug addict. The following year, upon graduating Adult & Teen Challenge Society of BC, I began interning full-time. Within the next year I was teaching and leading outreaches in the Okanagan. Giving back to the program that saved my life felt amazing, I had finally found purpose, living in what I could only understand was the call of God for my life. Shortly thereafter I became the Program Director for the Okanagan Men’s Centre, bringing many joys and difficult situations into my life. God was faithful.

In 2011, I had the privilege to join our Executive Director on a trip to El Salvador.  A trip that would eventually change my life forever. Seeing how other Teen Challenge locations operated around the world gave me a better understanding of how His kingdom works. Seeing the gratefulness people had amidst overwhelming poverty also hit me hard. Later in 2011, I was presented an opportunity to go and spearhead the opening of the Vancouver Island Men’s Centre. This was an incredible challenge and although the Island Centre had to shut the doors in 2014, it wasn’t for nothing. The Centre graduated 11 men and impacted countless families.

In 2014, I headed back to the OMC as the Events and Vocational Coordinator. This was a shift for me, as the previous seven years I had been primarily focused on ministering to the students and now I was getting a crash course into the business (financial) side of Adult & Teen Challenge Society of BC.  In 2016, I became the Centre Director for the Chilliwack Men’s Centre, and God continued sanding down my rough edges and molding me into who He desired me to be.

In 2017, I met the love of my life Bonnie, we were engaged by July and married by October. Throughout our courtship we had also agreed to accept a position with Adult & Teen Challenge in Central Canada. We moved in November and were there for five and a half years in varying capacities: Store Manager of a SuperThrift Store, Program Director, Centre Director, Development Director. While Bonnie spent time as a counselor, Program Manager and Program Director.

God’s faithfulness continued and a miracle happened in 2022, Bonnie and I welcomed our first and only child, Ava who joined us in November. Ava joining our family led us to the decision to move closer to our families in BC and through prayer an opportunity to work for Adult & Teen Challenge Society of BC became available. I find myself humbled and honoured to be serving BC in this capacity back it all began. 

Philippians 2:1-11 is my life’s sacred text – here is just a few verses from that passage: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:3-5 (NIV)

Chris Graham

Director of Finance

I have been with Adult & Teen Challenge BC as the Director of Finance since December 2017. At the time I was in a different season in life when I felt a strong urge to look for a job. I had other plans, but as usual God had better plans for me. I could not shake the feeling, so I decided to honor His nudging but only insofar as applying for one job: this one.

God has blessed me and I am excited to be a part of this Christ driven ministry that helps people find freedom and transformation from life controlling addictions. I am thankful to be a member of a team that is very motivated, invested and passionate about our mission. Our vision of opening a Women’s and Children’s Centre in the Okanagan is something I look forward to seeing come to realization. Expanding our care to children and giving mother’s an opportunity to be near their children during the restoration process is exciting to think about.

My favorite Scripture is Psalm 17:8-9 (NIV) “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me.”

Loralee Harbut

Business Development Director

I was born and raised in the lower mainland and have spent the last 35 years in Abbotsford where my husband Ken and I raised our family, owned and /or operated businesses and served in our local church. We have 2 daughters (23 & 18) and a son (21). 
I first heard of Teen Challenge while at YWAM when I read The Cross and the Switchblade. The story of David Wilkerson’s risk-taking obedience resonated with me, and I continued to track the ministry over the years. Recently my season of life was changing, and I began asking God what he wanted for me next.
I have been added to the team to coordinate and find healthy work experience placements for the students and to open businesses to help fund the ministry. I desire to be an effective vessel for the Holy Spirit to work in and through to touch the lives of all who cross my path. My heart is that all who are saved would know and experience the fullness that Jesus died to give them and that every believer would walk in the freedom and victory that is theirs for the claiming.
One of my favourite passages is Colossians 3:1-2 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.  

Grace Absolom

Regional Director of Operations, Okanagan

God called me to work with Adult & Teen Challenge Okanagan as Regional Director of Operations beginning in September 2022. I feel blessed to contribute to this ministry which gives hope for those struggling with addiction. 
It is such a privilege to support the guys through their journey, listen to their testimonies and see them grow, change and fall in love with Jesus. I am grateful to witness, and be part of the supportive network for these guys.As my husband is a Teen Challenge graduate, we have experienced first-hand, how this ministry has transformed his life and opened doors for us as a couple. We have other family members who are still trapped in addiction, so we know how important this organization is to these and many others in the Okanagan region. I’m excited to see what God has in store for this ministry, and to be part of His great plan and purpose.MATTHEW 18:12-14 – “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish.