About Us

Our History

Teen Challenge was started in 1958 by Reverend Dave Wilkerson, and now has over 400 centers worldwide. Rev. Wilkerson began Teen Challenge as a way of reaching gang members in New York City in the 1950’s. As he began working with troubled youth, he found that the life-controlling issues of addiction in families set their children up for failure. As a young pastor, he set out to offer teens and families a way out of the cycle of despair by offering a program to bring them freedom from addictions and a new life of hope and promise.

In 1963, David Wilkerson wrote The Cross and the Switchblade, which covered his first five years of work in New York City and quickly became a best-selling phenomenon. The book was made into a motion picture in 1969. It has been translated and distributed in more than thirty different languages worldwide. Decades later, it continues to provide inspiration and faith in God’s power to change lives.

North Dakota Teen Challenge for Adults officially opened in June of 2004 in Williston, North Dakota, as an alcohol & drug residential recovery center for men. Within a year it became apparent that the need for this program was growing. In order to meet the increasing demand, NDTC relocated to Mandan, North Dakota, on September 1, 2005. In 2006 NDTC began accepting adult women into the program. Our program currently hosts about fifty adult residents.

North Dakota Teen Challenge is a faith-based residential recovery program for people battling with drug and alcohol problems. Adults, ages 18 and over, from every ethnic, socio-economic, and religious background are welcomed with open arms as they embark on their new life.