About Western PA Adult & Teen Challenge
Teen Challenge of Western PA is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.We are 17 miles northeast of Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh, 7 minutes from Exit 48 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 4 minutes from Exit 12 on State Route 28.
It is the 2nd largest city in Pennsylvania after Philadelphia. The population of the city is about 311,000 with 2.4 million in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The region is home to the only 6-time Super Bowl winner, the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and a 2-time winner of the Stanley Cup, the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
The center offers a rural setting with enough property to permit outdoor activities and yet easily accessible to the amenities of a nearby city. We are a 30 minute drive from the Pittsburgh Greyhound station and a 45-minute drive from the Pittsburgh International Airport.
Short Term Clinical Program: With an average stay of 30 days this program features intensive one on one and group counseling. Click on the programming option to learn more.
Long Term Faith-Based Program: Continuing our successful tradition of the long term faith-based program, Western PA Adult & Teen Challenge will continue to provide the “induction level” program. Please click on the programming option to learn more.
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Pastor Dave was born in Canton Ohio on November 17, 1981. At the age of 14, he decided to pursue a life of rebellion, which included the use of drugs and alcohol. By the age of 18, in the summer of 2000, he had overdosed on LSD, gotten arrested, and found himself in the Mahoning County jail. Men from a program called Teen Challenge to visit him in jail. God’s plan included a brief but unsuccessful stint at Cleveland Teen Challenge, a stay at a psychiatric hospital, and trying to stay off drugs through 12 steps groups, but failing. Finally on January 1, 2001, he entered Teen Challenge of Western Pennsylvania.
It was at Teen Challenge that he began to hear truth about his powerlessness over addiction and see examples of lives changed. He graduated Teen Challenge in December of 2001. He remained at Teen Challenge for the year of 2002 as an intern. It was here that he discovered his desire to help other addicts as a career. Through working with the men that God was sending to the program, he discovered a deep joy and peace in sharing the gospel and his life with them. From the years 2003 to 2006, he met his wife Kim and went through college.
After coming back and working as a counselor for Teen Challenge of Western PA for 8 years, He was promoted to Director on December 1, 2014. Dave and his wife Kim have 4 adopted children and also run a program called SON-ward Youth programs in the City of New Kensington, PA, where they also live. This program reaches out to inner city youth, to provide mentoring and help in the midst of poverty, crime and broken families in the community.
Lead Clinical Aid
Justin Heiser is a graduate of Teen Challenge. He was born and raised in King of Prussia, PA. He lost his parents at a young age and chose drugs as his coping mechanism. He ended up being homeless and hopeless needing help. Justin came into restoration, completed the graduate program, and became a staff member. He now goes to college full-time, works a part time job, and is in the process of getting married. He thanks God for the grace that he’s bestowed on his life and is grateful to work with men to help achieve recovery.
Dennis earned his M. Div. from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As part of his Teen Challenge staff responsibilities Dennis leads a weekly bible study on the Men’s Hope Pod at the Allegheny County Prison. He is also currently co-pastoring Rock of Ages C&MA Church near our Western Pennsylvania facility. He is married and has one adult son. Dennis firmly believes that God uses the proclamation and teaching of the scriptures to regenerate and transform the soul of man. By this mighty work of God students are delivered from addictions of all types – James 1:18 and John 17:17.
Justin has first-hand experience with heroin addiction and knows the struggle of recovery personally. He is a grateful graduate of Teen Challenge’s Class of December 2012, through which the gospel of Jesus Christ personally invaded Justin’s heart . After graduating, Justin completed TCTC’s Graduate program through which he started attending Summit University, in pursuit of his degree in Professional Counseling. Justin is married to his wonderful wife Courtney. They recently had their first child, Hannah, in October of 2015.
Justin was twenty-two years old when he graduated from TCWPA in February 2008. Then he served as an intern at TCWPA until he began studying at Geneva College. He has since graduated from Geneva with a BA in Christian Ministries. Currently, he is a Masters of Divinity student at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, part-time counselor at TCWPA, intern at City Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), and husband of Jennifer. He and Jennifer are awaiting the arrival of their first child.