Meet Our MissionariesThe TCMB Staff
Executive Director: Mike Borden Saved at an early age with a clear calling to serve God, I spent the first twenty years as a less than dedicated Christian. God, always faithful, used that time to mold and shape me with a wide variety of skills and experience. A wartime veteran (U.S. Navy) 1970-1975, U. S. Forest Service 1975-1981 and a career in environmental management and engineering 1982-1993 are just a few of the opportunities God has blessed me with. Since 1985 I have served in ministry and served on several Christian Boards with both evangelistic and educational ministries. I have been in full time ministry for over 20 years serving first with CityTeam Ministries and now as the Executive Director of Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. I have been happily married for over 44 years and have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
FWC Chaplain: Lynn Pielenz I was born in Kentucky, but was raised a “Valley Girl” – Sacramento Valley, that is. I was born again through camping ministry in Jr. High. At High School age I had my first experience volunteering at a rescue mission putting on Gospel services for the needy. This led, years later, to full time work with several California Rescue Missions, the last being Pajaro Rescue Mission where my husband and I have served for over 21 years. Under the Lord’s direction, I now serve full time with the Freedom Women’s Center as Chaplain, Educational Coordinator and teacher. My cup runneth over!
Crisis Center Supervisor: Fredrick Burns After years of substance abuse, I committed my life to God. I decided I was through with the life I was leading. I have now been clean and sober for for over 11 years as of September 2010. God has called me to Teen Challenge and blessed me to be a blessing by placing me in a leadership position at the Pajaro Men’s Induction Center.
Program Director: Peter Ecksteen Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, an ordained minister and leader of people. He has served in so many ways for 12 years at his home Church in California, where he currently reside with his beautiful family. He continues to answer the call and follow the Holy Spirit with God’s chosen at Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. He will continue to travel the world teaching and bringing encouragement, while sharing the gift of praise and worship to those that desire to come closer to the Lord in an intimate way. Love God. Love people. Make the dream a reality. The Lord is working it out for him and he will live to talk about it.
Assistant Program Director: Cameron McGee My name is Cameron I am 28 years old. I struggled with a heavy addiction of Oxycontin and pain medication since the age of 13. My addictions brought me to a very dark and sad place in my life. I came to Teen Challenge in October of 2015 and found the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.
I came as a student to Teen Challenge Monterey bay in August of 2016 as a non-believer looking to try something. Jesus Christ got ahold of me and I was saved 5 days into the program. Jesus Christ rapidly changed my life and made me a whole new woman. I completed the program in January 2018 and decided to stay on a staff intern. Now I serve to give back the precious gift that was given to me. I cannot think of anything else I ever want to do. I’m committed to serving Him for the rest of my life.
Program Support and Business Manager
Hello, my name is Allen Clark. My wife Jamie and I have been serving as Missionaries here at Teen Challenge Monterey Bay since May of 2018. We have 5 children (Hailey, Eve, Ronnie, Mason, and Bohden) 3 of whom live with us full time. Our family lives on site here at The Pajaro Men’s Center. My wife is the Program Support Director, and I am the Business Manager. We have followed God’s call to join with Teen Challenge Monterey Bay on the front lines to fight against life controlling issues, such as addiction. Jamie and I feel so blessed to be able to share the love and saving power of Jesus Christ with the men and women here. We want to see God transform the lives of those who are lost in addiction, as I once was. That is how we know our God is a God of miracles, because we have seen him do the impossible in our lives.
Elder: Henry Reynolds I came into the program as a student in February of 1998. I could list numerous items of why I came into the program, but they all add up to the sin in my life. I came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Savior during my stay as a student. The Lord also led me to stay on as a servant to Him, in the capacity of a staff member, as I continue to do His will and not my own. I personally thank all of you who continue to support our ministry and students. God bless you all.
Business Manager: Nancy Cahill In 1996 I asked Jesus to become my Lord and Savior. In addition, I gave Him Lordship over my life. Since that time, my walk with the Lord has been a marathon run. The Lord met me right where I was. He showed me I was precious and a child of His. The events and circumstances in our lives are for a purpose – His purpose. It has been my experience that people who use drugs and alcohol are numbing the pain and attempting to escape their feelings. Jesus Christ has given me hope and healed me. He has shown me how to share the freedom that is in Christ with others – and called me here to Teen Challenge Monterey Bay.
Night Security: Royal Burchell
It was the sovereignty of God that took me to Teen Challenge where I learned my church life would not take away my guilt. I needed to experience the power of God’s love. God told me He loved me with 100% of love 100% of the time and nothing would ever change that. God has empowered me to be a witness for Him here at Teen Challenge. God has shown me there are no coincidences.
Program Support: Randy Mitchell It’s been a great ride! And it is truly a great honor to be a witness to what God is doing in the lives of these wonderful men, it’s such a pleasure to be a part of all we do.
Tom and Lynn Shellberg
We started our spiritual journey with Teen Challenge in 2012, when our daughter entered The Home of Hope in Casa Grande, Arizona. As she progressed in the program, we were witnesses to the miracles we saw as the women came into the program, got sober, found God and were reborn. This had a profound effect on our lives. Our faith was reborn, our ideals changed, our hope restored. Several years later, we decided to give up our secular jobs and its trappings, and go on the road to give back to Teen Challenge. We are truly blessed to be a part of this ministry. Tom is leading a group of male students who are building Grace Harbor, a women and children’s center and homeless shelter that should be open in 2021. Lynn works in the main office, supporting the different centers that comprise Teen Challenge Monterey Bay. Thanks so much for your support! God is doing amazing things in people’s lives, and your donations help to make that possible.
Marriage and Family Bible Study:
I was saved in 1973, served as church board member, secretary to the Board, partner with husband in teaching kids starting in 5th and 6th grade and eventually moving up to high school. We had the privilege of teaching the same children for 8 years. Involved in our church, Royal Family Kid’s Camp for foster children, worship team, pastoral calling committees. My husband and I served on the Board of TCMB for many years and have watched the ministry grow over the years. After my husband passed Michael asked me to come to TCMB and conduct Bible Studies with the married couples here at Joseph House. This was a ministry that had been on Michael’s heart for several years. (found minutes from one of our Board Meetings of several years ago, and there was his request for prayer for the very position I am now serving). I am excited to be here and a part of what God is doing in the lives of these men and women.
Blessings to you and yours. I came to Teen Challenge 6 and a half years ago just wanting to just get clean and sober. I knew about God but wasn’t really worried about getting to know him. Proverbs 16:33 says “We may roll the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall”. God started making me see everything with a different heart. I surrendered. After completion of TC I was still not ready to go anywhere, especially my old hometown. The Lord had put it on my heart to stay on and do a 6-month staff internship. My life got rocked when I came up to The Lodge. God started showing me my true purpose in life. A life in ministry. I no longer wanted it to be about me. I wanted God to use me, all of me. I went from recruiting gang members to recruiting men for The Kingdom. THIS IS GODS CALLING ON MY LIFE!!!!