Our Boarding School Staff
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!
Bryan Denison (Lead Direct Care)
While living in Northwest Arkansas, Bryan and his wife found out about an opening working with the boys at Brush Creek Youth Ranch through a friend at church. Bryan and his wife Katelyn were serving as youth sponsors and had already felt a calling to work with youth. He spent two years studying at Central Bible College and was a youth ministry major. Bryan said, “I’m passionate about reaching youth that have gotten to the place where they feel like they have no hope. When they feel like no one in the whole world loves them, I want to show them Christ’s love. I’m proud that the Lord has given us an opportunity to be used by Him here at Teen Challenge.” The thing he says he enjoys most about working at Teen Challenge is that “everyone here is united together with one goal in mind which is to show these students freedom through Christ.” When Bryan isn’t working with the boys, he enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his wife cooking, fishing or playing games and hanging out with friends.
Katelyn Denison (Admissions Coordinator)
While attending a small group at church, Katelyn and her husband found out about an opening working with the boys at Brush Creek. After praying about it, they felt like it was the perfect opportunity to utilize their education and calling. Katelyn serves as the Brush Creek Lead Direct Care. She studied at Central Bible College and majored in Global missions with an emphasis in Islamic studies and has since gained her certification to work with human trafficking victims. Katelyn said she enjoys the family atmosphere here on campus which flows through the staff and student relationships. Katelyn says she’s passionate about working with lost people. She said, “I’m passionate about fighting for the boys and girls in this program, for their life and their eternity. Katelyn’s favorite things are watching movies, enjoying the outdoors, doing crafts, reading and writing, playing music and hanging out with her husband.
Tammy Enlow (Classroom Monitor)
As a member of the local community, Tammy had gone to church with the staff and students of Teen Challenge of Oklahoma for several years. After serving in another profession for 19 years, the Lord opened a door for Tammy to make a career change. Tammy is passionate about seeing lives changed and so when the opportunity arose for Tammy to make a difference in the lives of young men as a classroom teacher, she knew this was the direction the Lord was leading her. Tammy is a certified minister with the Assemblies of God and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in education. Tammy has two grown children and enjoys traveling, baking and being spontaneous. In her free time, Tammy also serves a youth sponsor at her church and enjoys supporting her favorite football, baseball and basketball teams.
Sara Foster (Aftercare Coordinator)
Sara began her time with Teen Challenge during an internship for her college degree. She graduated from Southern Christian University with a bachelor’s in Psychology & Counseling with a concentration in marriage and family. She had always had an interest in Teen Challenge, and so when an opportunity arose for her to stay beyond her internship and join the staff of New Lifehouse, it was obvious the Lord had already been orchestrating her role as Lead Direct Care. Sara enjoys the ministry aspect of Teen Challenge and working with the girls to overcome life controlling issues. She is also trained in working with Human Trafficking Victims and Biblical counseling. When not working with the girls, Sara enjoys painting/drawing, being outdoors, driving her truck, and going on mission trips. Sara said, “I am so blessed to already be in my dream job at such a young age.”
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.
Jason Richison (Ranch Manager)