professionals doing god’s work
Our experienced staff are professionals in their fields who love working with teens. Each of them has a personal and growing relationship with God, which they share with our students through mentorship and in daily interactions.
Matt & Heather Shaw
Executive Director & Program Coordinator
Matt and Heather Shaw have been married for 28 years and involved in full-time ministry throughout their life together. They have two children Isabelle age 25 and Isaiah age 23. They have been helping hurting families and struggling teens in their role as Directors with Adult and Teen Challenge for the last 13 years. Matt likes to rock hound, garden, cook and eat delicious foods as well as yard sale or thrift at every opportunity. Heather loves Matt, but also to bake, shop, decorate, read, and spend time with her family.
Education Coordinator, PSNL Facilitator, & Finances
I began working at BGA as a volunteer in 2012 and was officially hired approximately one year later. I love spending time with my family- my husband Earl, our five daughters, and our 4 grandbabies. My favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 4:1-3 and I am the person that I am today because of how Jesus has worked in my life. Some of my favorite things to do during my free time include spending time with my grandkids, hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, sewing baby quilts, and traveling.
Hey y’all, my name is Bethany and I began working at Teen Challenge in 2022. I have never felt a stronger calling to ministry than I have felt while being here. I love to worship and spend time with God via nature and art. I am the oldest of six kids so working with youth and kids comes naturally to me.
Administrative Assistant and Direct Care
Howdy, my name is Isabelle! I have been working with Teen Challenge since 2014. I love and get excited about being part of what God is doing in the next generation. In my free time, you can find me snuggling a chicken or learning to swing dance.
PSNL Facilitator and Direct Care
Hi, my name is JoAnn. My family and I served as missionaries in Haiti for 23 years where I was
originally introduced to Teen Challenge. I began working at BGA in 2020 and can honestly say
that it is my favorite job to-date! During my free time, I enjoy making mosaics and painting
pictures. If I could visit anywhere in the world, I would visit the country of Mongolia.
My name is Montana and I had the opportunity to join our BGA team half way through 2020. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to work with some of the most stubborn, resilient, vivacious, and world changing students that have graced the grounds of our campus. I have a passion for serving others and hearing their soul-stories. In my free time, I enjoy being with my wonderful husband and our many animals, reading books, writing, going for walks, and dabbling in painting. If I had to choose one verse that sums up my walk with Christ right now, it would be John 8:36. I am so thankful to know that true freedom does exist and is accessible to each and every one of us.
Staff Manager and Direct Care
I began working at BGA in 2016. I live with my sweet husband Tyler and our 3 adorable kitties. We enjoy spending time outdoors, reading, preparing for the possibility of an apocalypse, and traveling. One of my life goals has been to visit all 50 states. I currently only have 2 left to visit-Hawaii and Alaska!
My name is Bonnie and I began working at BGA in June of 2021. I feel blessed to be able to use the gifts of teaching and administration each day with our sweet girls. Seeing how God faithfully works through me in order to accomplish his purposes is absolutely fulfilling. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my dear husband, family, and friends.
My name is Lorena-I love Jesus and helping others in need. I came to BGA at the beginning of 2023 and have past experience serving youth and young adults in need. I am currently attending NNU, majoring in psychology, in order to further my passion of helping struggling youth to find healing in Christ. I have a lovely husband and three kids. In our leisure time we
enjoy spending time together and being outside.
Overnight Care Specialist
I just recently joined the crew at BGA. I enjoy spending time with my animals and drinking
coffee. I love playing in the rain. I enjoy classic cars and I highly dislike public speaking.
Top of the morning! My name is Cat and I began working at BGA in 2022. Prior to my current
position with TC, I embarked on multiple trips to Guatemala helping to run youth conferences for
their local teens. I would love to live in China one day in order to spread the love of Christ and eventually build my family through adoption with my husband. In my free time I enjoy playing video games and reading good books.
Direct Care and Classroom Assistant
Hi, my name is Emily. I was born in Guyana, South Africa and lived overseas as a missionary
kid for 10 years. God brought me to BGA in August of 2022. I enjoy hanging out with my best friend, relaxing, hiking, laughing, and other leisure activities when I am not working. I Love Jesus and my favorite verse is 2nd Corinthians 12:9.