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: firstname.lastname@example.org