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staff-1775_d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427eExecutive Director                                     
Vermont & Connecticut

In 1997 Rick Welch was desperate to change his life after years of drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Hopeless and destitute, he decided to give Teen Challenge a try.

At the Teen Challenge center in New Haven, Connecticut, Rick found new life and new purpose. Eternally transformed, he longed to bring God’s healing touch to those who are as hopeless as he once was. Upon completion of the program, Rick decided to stay on and serve in the ministry, first as an intern and then moving to a staff position. He soon realized that he would never desire to do anything with his life except to serve God and to passionately bring the inspirational message of the Gospel to the addicted and to their hurting families.

After years of visiting and ministering in Vermont with the Connecticut choir, Rick desired to expand the ministry there and in 2003 he was appointed Executive Director of the first Teen Challenge in Vermont. Today, Rick oversees both the Connecticut and Vermont Teen Challenge campuses.

Rick attended Global University and is credentialed with the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Carrie, live in Johnson, Vermont with their son, Timmy.

sstokesSteven Stokes

Program Supervisor

Steven Stokes came into the doors of Teen Challenge Connecticut in 2011. He was battling a heroin addiction, alcoholism, and a life of violence that he could not escape. God miraculously saved him in August of 2011, and continues to grow and keep him while he serves as the Program Supervisor. Steven has a heart to minister to the lost, and see broken lives transformed into lives that honor and love God. He feels very privileged to serve God and is humbled when he looks at how far God has brought him.

jeff-1Jeff Cifarelli

Development Supervisor

Jeff entered Teen Challenge Vermont in 2009 and in 2010 he asked Jesus Christ to become his Lord and Savior.  Since then, he has never been the same.  Every time he struggled with who he was, he was reminded of who he IS- in Jesus. Today he is employed full time as the Development Supervisor. Jeff is married to the love of his life, and together they own and reside in their first home in Connecticut.