Staff of the Brush Creek Academy Christian boarding school for boys . – programs for troubled teens and therapeutic boarding schools.


Erik Winston (Executive Director) and Melissa Winston (Program Manager)

Erik and Melissa Winston come to Adult and Teen Challenge of Oklahoma from nearby Joplin, Missouri.  They have been married for 15 years and have two children, Malachi and Isaiah.  Erik holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, and a Master of Divinity in Theology and Apologetics.  Melissa holds a Bachelor of Christian Education and a Master of Marriage & Family Therapy.  They have a combined total of 33 years of experience working in youth development, youth ministry, counseling, and education.  Most importantly, they love the Lord and are passionate about teens and families!


Stephen Shields (Property Manager)

In 2012, Teen Challenge of Oklahoma acquired a new facility in Checotah, OK. Stephen was a caretaker over the property and an agreement was made that he “came with the building”. Since that time, Stephen has joined the adolescent team as a staff intern and helps in various ways. Whether doing maintenance projects, cooking, or helping with work projects, Stephen loves working with the students and seeing their lives changed as they work through the program. Stephen enjoys tinkering and fixing things and likes to go fishing in the nearby lake. He is originally from Scotland, but working with the students and staff has given him a reason to call Oklahoma home.


Kristina Golan – Assistant to the Executive Director

Kristina joined our team from New York in March of 2016. She was born and raised in Long Island and spent her youth and college years competing with the Olympic Developmental Soccer Team. Kristina went to college on a soccer scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and Management. During her soccer career, she sustained a series of devastating knee injuries which resulted in multiple surgeries. As a result, she developed a dependence on pain medication and consequently entered the ministry of Long Island Teen Challenge. It was there that God first grabbed a hold of her heart.

As a graduate of Long Island Teen Challenge, Kristina was offered the opportunity to become a staff member as the Missions and Outreach Coordinator. While serving at LITC, Kristina coordinated a mission trip to the Dominican Republic Teen Challenge in partnership with Teen Challenge OK. While there, she had an instant connection with the students and felt as though God used that trip to open the door for her to join the team in Oklahoma.

After much prayer and counsel, Kristina took a huge leap of faith and moved to Oklahoma. She began as a Direct Care staff member, eventually becoming Lead Direct Care, and most recently has transitioned into the role of Executive Assistant role. Kristina can use her love of photography in her capacity as the Media Coordinator for TCOK. She is so grateful to be able to give back to the ministry that started her on the path that the Lord always intended her to walk.

Rachel Nicholson – Athletic Director/Asst. School Administrator

Bio coming soon.

Jesse Davidson – Discipleship Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

Not Pictured:
Jason Richison (Ranch Manager)

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Staff of the Brush Creek Academy Christian boarding school for boys .