About Us

It Takes More Than a Halfway House to Make You Whole

Sheepgate, a division of Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands, is one of the most successful recovery programs in the world. The biggest difference between us and more traditional recovery programs is our focus on Christ. We whole-heartedly depend on Christ-centered teaching and Biblical principles to be a guiding light that reveals darkness and results in genuine healing from difficult life issues and painful addictions.

We Get to the Root and Give it the Boot

Unlike short-term rehab centers that focus on treating your addiction, we require a yearlong commitment that helps you get to the root of your pain and confront destructive choices and self-sabotaging behavior. Through our Bible-based curriculum, you’ll learn how to apply God’s Word to your life. The longer duration gives you a safe place to establish a new “normal”— assured of the love of God and under the guidance of Biblical principles.

History

Our parent company, Adult & Teen Challenge started in Brooklyn, New York in 1958 by Rev. David Wilkerson, a young country preacher from eastern Pennsylvania. One February afternoon, Wilkerson read an article in LIFE magazine about seven teenagers who were on trial for murder.

During a gang fight in Manhattan, these teens beat a young man to death. Troubled by what he read, and sensing God’s prompting, Wilkerson made a trip to New York City. Sometime after this, Rev. Wilkerson resigned from his church in Pennsylvania and moved to New York City to work full time with teenage gang members. This new work was eventually called Teen Challenge. Shortly after that, Teen Challenge began offering help to teens addicted to drugs and alcohol.

During these early years, a large home was established in Brooklyn where a 12-month residential discipleship program was formed. Today there are nearly 200 centers across America working under the Adult & Teen Challenge banner and another 1,400 in 129 nations around the world.

The rest of the story of Teen Challenge is told in the best-selling book, The Cross and the Switchblade. This book has sold tens of millions of copies and has been translated into 35 different languages. Another exciting book that is available, Run Baby Run tells of notorious gang member Nicky Cruz who was one of David Wilkerson’s s early converts in New York City. Beyond the Cross and the Switchblade and The Cross is Still Mightier than the Switchblade also details the important early history of Teen Challenge.

History

The Rev. David Wilkerson waves his Bible, disrupts court proceedings. (Photo By: Art Whittaker/NY Daily News via Getty Images)

Find Help For You or a Loved One

If you or someone you care about is having trouble overcoming the cycle of addiction, contact us today.

Leadership

Beatrice, NE

Teressa Barnes
Teressa Barnes
Executive Director
tbarnes@​mysheepgate.org
Bailey Fossler
Bailey Fossler
Program Coordinator
bfossler@​mysheepgate.org
Carol Ferguson
Carol Ferguson
Program Staff/Administrative Assistant
cferguson@​mysheepgate.org

Colfax, IA

Jason Moreno
Jason Moreno
Colfax Food Service
jmoreno@​mysheepgate.org
Chad Silliman
Chad Silliman
Student/Staff Workforce Coordinator
csilliman@​mysheepgate.org
Roger Freeborn
Roger Freeborn
Colfax Maintenance
rfreeborn@​mysheepgate.org
Justin Smith
Justin Smith
Construction Coordinator
jsmith@​mysheepgate.org
Chris Buscher
Chris Buscher
Program Ministry Lead
cbuscher@​mysheepgate.org

Omaha, NE

Beau Kluth
Beau Kluth
Program Ministry Lead
bkluth@​mysheepgate.org
Travis Bockholt
Travis Bockholt
Program Staff
tbockholt@​mysheepgate.org
Curtis Barnes
Curtis Barnes
Executive Director
cbarnes@​mysheepgate.org

Regional

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
Executive Director, Regional Operations
blarson@​mysheepgate.org
Isaac Hunsberger
Isaac Hunsberger
Regional Operations
ihunsberger@​mysheepgate.org
Nikki Hook
Nikki Hook
Regional Operations
nhook@​mysheepgate.org
Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman
Regional Admissions
mforeman@​mysheepgate.org
Danielle Day
Danielle Day
Regional Administration
dday@​mysheepgate.org
Brian Schroeder
Brian Schroeder
Director, Vehicle Donation Program
bschroeder@​mysheepgate.org
Michael Hunsberger
Michael Hunsberger
Regional Executive Director
(515) 674-3713 Ext. 202 mhunsberger@​mysheepgate.org
Rev. Warren Hunsberger
Rev. Warren Hunsberger
President and Chairman of the Board
(515) 674-3713 Ext. 240 whunsberger@​mysheepgate.org
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