Staff - Teen Challenge Brockton
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Staff

OCruzOSCAR CRUZ, Director       

Oscar Cruz is the Director of the Brockton Men’s Campus. Oscar has been involved with Teen Challenge for over 14 years.  At one point, living a normal life was beyond his grasp, but through the power of Jesus Christ and the ministry of Teen Challenge, Oscar’s life was changed! Oscar was just 14 years old when his best friend, his dad, walked out the door.  He had said he would leave many times before and that day he never came back. It was then that Oscar found drugs.  By age 16, he was a full blown addict and by 18 years of age, he had a drug possession record and nothing more than a string of shattered dreams and relationships.  According to statistics, Oscar was not going to make it. In desperation, he cried out to God and sought help at Teen Challenge. While at Teen Challenge, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  His life could have been considered beyond hope, but since coming to Teen Challenge, his life has been changed and his family has been restored from the devastation of addiction!  Oscar graduated from Southern California Teen Challenge Ministry Institute (TCMI) and completed his ministerial licensing studies from Global University. After graduating TCMI, Oscar served in inner-city missions at the Los Angeles Dream Center.  Oscar previously worked in business as a licensed California Real Estate agent.  Oscar’s life is now committed to serving the Lord and dedicated to the mission of Teen Challenge in New England. He finds great joy in seeing men set free from addiction. God has blessed Oscar with his wife, Allison and children, Kylie and Carter.   As Matthew 19:26 says, “With God all things are possible!

To contact Oscar Cruz: ocruz@tcbrockton.org

JOE RAND, Associate Director

Joe entered Teen Challenge in February of 2011 after drinking and smoking as a teenager led to an intravenous heroin addiction. On the verge of divorce, Joe knew that he needed to change. Six weeks into the program Joe made a decision to surrender his life to God.  Since then God has been doing an amazing work in his life. Joe’s marriage was healed and relationships with family restored. Joe has worked for Teen Challenge Brockton since his graduation in 2012. He first served as Program Supervisor from 2012 – 2015 , then Assistant Director, and in 2016, as Associate Director.  Joe feels blessed to serve at Teen Challenge because it gives him the opportunity to see the miracles God does every day. He lives in Lakeville with his wife, Jeanne, their two girls, Reagan and Willow, and their dog, Bacon.

To contact Joe Rand: jrand@tcbrockton.org

TOM PARKER, Assistant Director

On January 19, 1984, Tom got down on his knees in his one room apartment and surrendered his life to Jesus Christ.  Tom had spent the last 20 years of his life bound to drug addiction and criminal activity, which led to numerous incarcerations starting at age 14.  Tom had first heard the Gospel message from a man who had assisted David Wilkerson with a Boston Crusade that came every week to share the Gospel at a federally funded therapeutic community in Boston where Tom had spent the last 14 months.  After accepting Christ, Tom moved in with him and his family and for the next six months, they drove to nearly every Teen Challenge center on the East Coast and ministered to the staff and students there.  In August 1984, Tom began working at Teen Challenge New England.  A few months later, The Lord opened a door for Tom to go to Teen Challenge Institute (later known as YCIBI) in Sunbury, PA where he earned a 3 year Diploma in Bible and further discipleship.  After graduation, Tom returned to work at Teen Challenge New England and earned a BS Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 1989, and an MA Degree in Counseling from Liberty University in 2002.  In 1995, Jesus blessed Tom with his beautiful wife and best friend, Shirley (who is now with The Lord).  For the past 33 years, Tom as served at Teen Challenge New England where he is currently the Assistant Director at the Brockton Center.    For Tom, and many others in Teen Challenge, Jesus miraculously stepped in when they were utterly lost and without any hope.  Jesus gave Tom a new heart and a new life, and that is something Tom will never, ever forget!  This is the message to everyone who comes to Teen Challenge.  If Jesus could do it for us, Jesus can do it for you!

To contact Tom Parker: tparker@tcnewengland.org

RANDON MULLINS, Program Supervisor

Randon Mullins is a graduate of Teen Challenge Brockton and Teen Challenge Ministry Institute in Southern California. Randy holds ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God and is the former Youth Pastor at Treasure Coast Assembly of God in Vero Beach, Florida.  Randy came back to Brockton in 2016 to serve as the Program Supervisor at Teen Challenge.  He truly has a heart to serve the Residents here as he is charged with running the day to day operations. The Lord has blessed him abundantly. He is husband to his beautiful wife Cynthia and proud father of his daughter Avery. Randy’s heart is to see everyone who comes to Teen Challenge get the same opportunity he had and see God change their heart the way He did for him.

To contact Randon Mullins: rmullins@tcbrockton.org

BRIAN DUBE, Resident Life Supervisor

Brian Dube has served in a variety of roles during the 10 years he has been with Teen Challenge.  Currently, Brian is the Resident Life Supervisor here at the Brockton Men’s Campus where he is responsible for the overall spiritual life of the men including oversight of things like admissions, chapels, academics, restoring family relationships, mentoring and counseling, recreation and physical health.  Brian has a passion for reaching broken people with the life changing message of Jesus Christ.  Brian also serves as the Lead Pastor of South Coast Community Church in Fairhaven, MA.  He is a lifelong resident of Acushnet where he lives with his wife, three children, two dogs and 5 chickens.

To contact Brian Dube: bdube@tcbrockton.org

SEAN MERRILL, Development Supervisor

Sean Merrill graduated from Teen Challenge Brockton in 2014. Sean was a licensed journeyman electrician with a wife, child, home and successful business. One day he took a pill that his younger brother Corey offered him. That one choice dramatically changed the next ten years of his life. After his brother’s death from a heroin overdose and with his life in a shambles, Sean cried out to God and ended up at Teen Challenge.  Working in the Program Development office of the Brockton program, Sean developed a heart to give back to the ministry that saved his life.  Today Sean is the Development Supervisor, overseeing many departments that reach out to the community and make Teen Challenge a better place for those that need it. Sean brings a high level of enthusiasm, precise detail and a tireless servant spirit to his position.

To contact Sean Merrill: smerrill@tcbrockton.org

DOUGLAS TUBACH, Clinical Counselor

Douglas Tubach LMHC serves as the Clinical Counselor at Teen Challenge Brockton and Boston. Teen Challenge realizes that our residents not only struggle with the issue of addiction, but they also have other co-occurring disorders such as Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Bipolar, etc.  Doug is here to extend and complement the treatment of the whole person at Teen Challenge.  Doug has been a Psychotherapist for the past 14 years helping couples and individuals find healing. Before that he founded and ran a transitional living program at The Boston Rescue Mission. Doug received both an MA in Counseling and an M.Div. degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.  After graduating from high school, Doug thought he was on his way to fame and fortune when he came out to New England to go to Berklee College of Music, but God stopped him in his arrogance and through the power of the Holy Spirit revealed Jesus to him in an undeniable way.  Since then Doug has been following Jesus and discovering God’s dreams for him.  Doug has been married to his seminary sweetheart, Dot, since 2000.  Doug also served for 7 years as the Associate Pastor of Winthrop Street Baptist Church in Taunton, MA and currently serves on their Elder Board.

To contact Doug Tubach: dtubach@tcbrockton.org

CHRIS MELLO, Admissions Coodinator

“Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed at the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have.” 2 Corinthians 8:11

In August 2000, Chris quoted this scripture declaring that he would finish the Teen Challenge program. Today, he is a living testimony of God’s sovereign grace and mercy. God delivered him and his son Jonathan, the Associate Director of Boston Teen Challenge, from their addictions and brought healing, forgiveness and restoration to their family.  Chris continues now with the same zeal as he did all those years ago, to grow in the grace and knowledge of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to witness God’s faithfulness to miraculously transform lives. Hence, with that same measure of faith he has obtained; He will continue to pour out to those in need of what God has given to him, HIS Love. Chris’s new declaration is to give himself away in order that God can continue to use him for HIS glory.

To contact Chris Mello: cmello@tcbrockton.org

BARRY BAUGH, Mentor

Coming out of prison in 1989, Barry went into Teen Challenge Long Island and was the first graduate in 1990. Barry spent eight months at the Teen Challenge Training Center in Rehrersburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated in February 1991 and came back to Teen Challenge Long Island as an intern. Three months into the internship, Barry was called to Seventh Day Baptist Church in Battlecreek, Michigan. After serving there for three years, he was called to a Baptist church in Virginia Beach as an Associate pastor. Barry served at the church for three years and then was called back to Teen Challenge Long Island to serve as Pastor of Outreach. It was during this time that Barry became the founder of “Hoop Challenge” which opened up the mission field of the world. Through “Hoop Challenge” Barry was able to minister in Russia, Ukraine, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Haiti. After serving at Teen Challenge Long Island for 18 years, he then moved on to Greensborough, North Carolina and served at Malachi house as an assistance director for two years.  In 2010, Barry was called to Teen Challenge New England & New Jersey where he currently serves as a mentor and prison chaplain. He travels and speaks in public schools and outreaches as part of Teen Challenge’s “End Addiction” Campaign. Barry also serves as a mentor to the Residents in the Teen Challenge Brockton program. Barry is always ready to preach the gospel wherever the Lord will take him.

To contact Barry Baugh: bbaugh@tcbrockton.org

DAVID MAZZARELLA, Supervision

Dave was raised in Pembroke, MA. The Lord made it crystal clear to him at age 16 that He had plans for his life, but he spent the next 12 years abusing crack cocaine. He invested everything in a drug that only brought him one thing, “EMPTINESS”.  The excessive use of drugs and alcohol resulted in a roller coaster ride of severe depression, where life really didn’t matter anymore. Confrontations with the law and spending many nights in jail became a regular routine. On July 19th, 2000 during a moment of clarity, Dave made one of the best decisions of his life. He chose to get help and enter the Teen Challenge program.  Not only has the Lord delivered Dave from drugs and alcohol, but he blessed him with a beautiful wife, Nicole. The Lord also blessed Dave and Nicole with 5 beautiful children. Dave currently serves as a Supervisor at Teen Challenge but he is so much more than that. Dave is a mentor and a spiritual leader to the residents here in Brockton. There’s nothing in the world that brings joy to Dave’s heart like investing in the men’s lives at Teen Challenge.

To contact Dave Mazzarella: dmazzarella@tcbrockton.org

EDWARD BOULAIS, Academic Coordinator

After years of struggling with addiction, Ed came to Teen Challenge in 2012 to get set free. God had that and many other blessings in store for him – more than he had imagined.  When Ed chose to trust Jesus and let Him lead his life, He set him free but that was only the beginning. He opened up an opportunity for Ed to use his B.A. in Biblical Studies, Teaching Certification and Minor in Missions at Teen Challenge Brockton.  Ed now serves as the Academic Coordinator overseeing all the classroom work for the residents’ personal and group studies. Ed considers it a great honor and privilege to be a part of God’s ministry team that He has assembled to advance His plans to rescue, heal and set free those held captive from the destructive and sometimes deadly grip of addiction.

To contact Ed Boulais: eboulais@tcbrockton.org

ANTHONY PIERRE-LOUIS, Admissions Coordinator

Anthony is originally from New York City where he was introduced to the “fast life” at an early age. In 1987, at the age of 16, Anthony started to drink and use drugs. The cycle of alcohol and drug abuse continued through high school, college, and beyond. After spending 13 years in this lifestyle, Anthony was introduced to Jesus Christ. He accepted Him as his Lord and Savior and his life was transformed. Shortly after that Anthony enrolled in Zion Bible College and began a life of ministry.  Anthony and his wife Tenisha have been connected to Teen Challenge for over 16 years. He is extremely blessed to be working on the front lines witnessing God transform the lives of the men in the program. He serves as an Admissions Coordinator reaching out into the community and offering the same Hope he was given. Anthony lives in Rhode Island with his wife Tenisha, their son, Isiaha, and their girls, Soraya, Nevaeh and Savana, and their dog Blessing.

To contact Anthony Pierre-Louis: apierrelouis@tcbrockton.org

THOMAS DRAINVILLE, Mechanic/Supervision Staff

Thomas Drainville was introduced to Teen Challenge through a successful graduate who reached out to him and in 2013 Tom found himself at the doors of Teen Challenge Brockton.  He had no idea what laid ahead for him but he committed his life to Christ in 2014 and has never been the same.  After graduating, Tom was hired on as the head of vehicle maintenance at the Brockton campus.  As he took care of all the general repair and upkeep for the fleet of vehicles, he also engaged in discipling the residents of Brockton. Because of his desire to work closer with the men, in 2017 he became the Night Supervisor. He continues to be more like Christ each and every day as he pours out of the Spirit of God that flows through him.  In his free time, Tom enjoys cutting the residents’ hair, which gives him an opportunity to minister to them through action and words of encouragement. He also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his 12 year old twins, who are a big part of his life.

To contact Tom Drainville: tdrainville@tcbrockton.org

JESSE CIRELLI, Construction Manager

Born and bred in the Boston area, Jesse has been a staple here at Teen Challenge Brockton for over twelve years. He serves as the maintenance and construction manager for the campus. He brings a wide variety of building and trade experience to the men fostering learning that will provide them opportunities for years to come.  Jesse truly enjoys mentoring and ministering to the men at Teen Challenge and he looks forward to continued service here.

To contact Jesse Cirelli: jcirelli@tcbrockton.org

BRUCE MORRIS, Groundskeeper

Bruce entered the doors of Teen Challenge in New Jersey in 2008 broken, battered, and hopeless. Although he was trapped in his addiction to crack cocaine, God had better plans for his life. Bruce submitted to the process of the Teen Challenge program and was delivered from his addiction. He graduated from New Jersey and transferred to Brockton to work on staff.  Bruce serves Teen Challenge by keeping our beautiful property clean, inside and out. His desire is to see the men who come here find the same freedom he did. He enjoys ministering to the residents while they work side by side and try to keep up with him. Bruce truly has a servant’s heart and looks forward to what the Lord has next for him.

To contact Bruce Morris: bmorris@tcbrockton.org

JOSE CRUZ, Admissions

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and after spending all my teenage years searching for my identity in drugs, my life became a disgrace. At the age of 17, I  met Jesus and accepted him as my Lord and Savior.  But I still had the problem of not knowing how to live without using drugs. It was when I spent some time in jail that God opened the doors of Teen Challenge to me.  Teen Challenge began in me a process of learning to live without using drugs and helped me to be a good man for my family and society. While I have been at Teen Challenge I have accomplished one of my biggest goals, and became a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Today I work as a supervisor and as an educator in the spiritual and academic area with the residents.

To Contact Jose Cruz:  jcruz@tcbrockton.org

LYDELL PINA, Supervision

I was born and raised in New Bedford and have lived there most of my life.  As I got older, I started making wrong decisions which led me to drug use.  I struggled for years with my addiction. I kept denying it was an issue and thought that I knew it all.  I lost trust with my family and friends. I stopped listening to my parents. On October 27, 2014, I found Teen Challenge.  Here I was led to Christ Jesus and started to build a relationship with God.  I graduated on February 19,2016 and began a yearlong apprenticeship. After that, I was hired on as a staff member.  Christ has given me a new start and a new beginning in life.  I’m grateful and highly blessed with this opportunity.  Today, I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.

To Contact Lydell Pina: lpina@tcbrockton.org